Four Local Organizations Award 33 Kent Students with Scholarships Totaling More Than $46,000

Kent Washington Events: Four Local Organizations Honor 33 Kent Students with Scholarships Totaling More Than $46,000

33 Kent Students Receive $46,000+ in Scholarships from 4 Local Nonprofits

On Monday night, four local organizations – the Kent Community Foundation (KCF), Rotary Club of Kent, Kent Area PTSA Council and Rotary Club of Kent Sunrise – awarded 33 Kent students with 34 scholarships for postsecondary education totaling $46,350. Representatives from all four organizations, student recipients, parents and Kent School District representatives, including KSD superintendent, Dr. Calvin Watts, attended to congratulate the students on their achievements.

Scholarship WinnerScholarship Name
Mary BrachKCF: Richard and Ina Balash
Anthony RaftisKCF: Thunderbird Community Sports Foundation Scholarship
Veronica Marie LewisKCF: Thunderbird Community Sports Foundation Scholarship
Sabrina HaggKCF: Thunderbird Community Sports Foundation Scholarship
Karissa VougkhamchanhKCF: Robert Osborne
Jennifer PorterKCF: Linda Ruby
Natalie NewsomKCF: Linda Ruby
Deidra DabelsteinKCF: Linda Ruby
Shelby GregetKCF: Linda Ruby
LeeAnn Murry-SmithKCF: Linda Ruby
Flordanise B. EstrellaKCF: Friends of Kent-Meridian
Jesus del Rosario (Roziie) CardenasKCF: Friends of Kent-Meridian
Wiley BowenKCF: Friends of Kent-Meridian
William KimKCF: Johnson/Stoddard/Osness Family
Jasmin EtafoKCF: Johnson/Stoddard/Osness Family
Yvette SanchezKCF: Kent Chamber of Commerce
Alexandra SmithKCF: Covington Chamber of Commerce
Christine HuynhKCF: Bob Armstrong
Bonnie HalversonKent Area PTSA Council
Andrew IversonKent Area PTSA Council
Marcella LiKent Area PTSA  Council
Gheremie Rose IcbanKent Area PTSA Council
Darnecia AndersonRotary Club of Kent, Vocational Scholarship
Steven DuongRotary Club of Kent, Vocational Scholarship
Nathan MillerRotary Club of Kent, Vocational Scholarship
Erica PaytonRotary Club of Kent, Vocational Scholarship
Markae PhillipsRotary Club of Kent, Vocational Scholarship
Tyler Vincent RozellRotary Club of Kent, Vocational Scholarship
Sahe RuizRotary Club of Kent, Vocational Scholarship
Jacob ZielkeRotary Club of Kent, Vocational Scholarship
Jacob ZielkeRotary Club of Kent Sunrise
Sa’Raiyah TuilomaRotary Club of Kent Sunrise
Gabriella SpringRotary Club of Kent Sunrise
Maria Acosta-EsparanzaRotary Club of Kent Sunrise

Karen DeBruler, president of the Kent School District Board, attended the awards ceremony Monday night.

“The Kent Community Foundation’s scholarship event brought together multiple student winners from Kent high schools, receiving scholarships from four different organizations. Instead of holding smaller ceremonies with fewer students, this event allowed students and their families to celebrate their varied accomplishments together with peers from their own schools as well as from the community of Kent high schools,” DeBruler said.

“Seeing 33 students receive more than $46,000 in scholarships was truly impressive. Holding a larger, more inclusive celebration really showcased the importance of high achievement in multiple arenas. I would love to see this continue as an annual tradition and include any other scholarship-awarding organizations as well,” she added.

Congratulations to all of these Kent students on their exemplary achievements!

For more information about the Kent Community Foundation, or to learn how to set up a scholarship to fund the future of Kent students, visit the Kent Community Foundation online or contact president Dee Klem at [email protected].

For more information about the Rotary Club of Kent, visit KentR