Congratulations to all the Kent scholars!

[Corrections in total made June 2, 2017]

Last week five local organizations – the Kent Community Foundation (KCF), Rotary Club of Kent, Kent Area Council PTSA, Rotary Club of Kent-Sunrise and Denali Federal Credit Union – awarded 34 Kent students with scholarships for post-secondary education totaling $52,050. Four students won more than one scholarship, and seven students, marked with an asterisk, received repeat scholarships.

Scholarship WinnerScholarship Name
Sierra HillThunderbirds Community Sports Foundation
Anthony RaftisThunderbirds Community Sports Foundation*
Trey TorrThunderbirds Community Sports Foundation
Ashly PutasCovington Chamber of Commerce
Ashley HendricksonRichard and Ina Balash
Haley VonGoedertLinda Ruby
Shelby Greget*Linda Ruby
Jaleen RobertsLinda Ruby, Rob Osborne and Kent Area Council PTSA
Emily SugimotoLinda Ruby and Kent Area Council PTSA
Natalie Newsome*Linda Ruby
Tiffany MillerLinda Ruby
Samantha TateLinda Ruby
Deidra Dabelstein*Linda Ruby
Shylaja Rose ReedFriends of Kent-Meridian
Carolyn PhungJohnson-Osness-Stoddard Family
Madison SippelJohnson-Osness-Stoddard Family
Ammara TouchJohnson-Osness-Stoddard Family and Kent Area Council PTSA
Ashley HendricksonKent Chamber of Commerce
Tiffany WongBob Armstrong
Madelyn CaytonDenali Federal Credit Union
Avry FreaneyKent Area Council PTSA
Rachel CanningKent Area Council PTSA
Conner LedbetterKent Area Council PTSA
Elizabeth SeekarKent Area Council PTSA
Vaea UiniseRotary Club of Kent-Sunrise
Bernadette SheranRotary Club of Kent-Sunrise
Gurleen ToorRotary Club of Kent-Sunrise and Rotary Club of Kent
Michael JavelliRotary Club of Kent-Sunrise
Hannah BachmeierRotary Club of Kent
Karen GarridoRotary Club of Kent
Erica Payton*Rotary Club of Kent
Nathan Miller*Rotary Club of Kent
Tyler Vincent Rozell*Rotary Club of Kent
Steven Duong*Rotary Club of Kent

The selected students represented five different Kent high schools: Kentwood, Kentridge, Kentlake, Kent-Meridian and the Kent Phoenix Academy. Representatives from all five organizations, students, parents and members of the community attended to congratulate the students on their achievements.

“For Kent Rotary, founded in 1958, and serving the community for almost 60 years, providing scholarships for Kent area students has been a central and consistent focus of our work. The $10,000 in scholarships Kent Rotary awarded for students to pursue career focused programs at local community and technical colleges is more than money for college. It recognizes the hard work of the students and aims to develop future leaders. It has been humbling and inspiring to present these awards alongside some great Kent organizations to a broad and diverse group of Kent students,” said Josh Gerstman, development director, Green River College Foundation, and Kent Rotary, vocational scholarship committee.

“Kent Area Council PTSA supports the well-being and education of children in the Kent School District through a variety of programs including the Clothing Bank, Cinderella Closet and our scholarship program. KAC PTSA’s scholarship program provides scholarships to those Kent School District students who excel in the following criteria: academic achievement, school and community involvement, demonstrated abilities, motivation and plans for the future as well as demonstrate a financial need. This year we awarded $7500 in scholarships to 7 different KSD students representing five of the high schools in the district. It is indeed an honor to support some of the best in the Kent School District,” said Tania Skinner for Kent Area Council PTSA.

“This is the third year in a row that we’ve partnered with other community organizations to award scholarships to students in the Kent School District,” said Kent Community Foundation president Dana Neuts. “We are excited to add Denali Federal Credit Union to the event this year and look forward to growing this event in support of secondary education.”

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 Dana Neuts at [email protected].

For more information about the Rotary Club of Kent, visit or contact president Amy Hobson at [email protected].

For more information about Rotary Club of Kent-Sunrise, contact Marge Williams at [email protected].

For more information about Kent Area Council PTSA, visit or contact Tania Skinner at [email protected].