APPLICATIONS – Applications have been reviewed by a committee of SHS alumni and we have selected two winners. We are pleased to announce Irene Cruz Salas as the $500 scholarship recipient and Anthony Alvarez as the $5,000 scholarship recipient. We wish Irene the best of luck at UW Bothell and Anthony at Western Washington University where they will attend starting later this year.
Here are some of the scholarship committee members touring the brand new gym at Sammamish Highs School. Pictured from left Daniel Blau, Alex Lofton and Becca Miller.
We will start accepting applications for the 2018 Sammamish X Alumni Scholarship in the fall. The recipient must be a graduating SHS senior who demonstrates academic success, financial need, and contribution to life at Sammamish.
2016 scholarship recipients, successes and THANK YOUS! Thanks to our many generous donors we were able to raise a total of $6,000. The two $500 finalists selected were Emma Tim and Jesus Garcia. The Sammamish X 2016 Scholar selected was Navi Dehar. Thank you to everyone who donated and applied. Donate again for this year’s scholarship and share our story with your friends, family and network to let people know in the community. You can see our coverage in the Bellevue Reporter below. Thanks again.
(photo in order: Emma Tim, Navi Dehar, Jesus Garcia)
“At Sammamish, greatness was and is defined not just as personal success but dedication to a larger social good,” said Paul Sutton, a former teacher at Sammamish who has joined in the effort.
Past successes: “In 2005, through the ‘Tham 2 Vietnam’ fundraiser, Sammamish students started what was to become one of the most robust eras of student philanthropy at any school, anywhere, anytime. Over the following 5 years, students raised over $100,000 for various causes including Pennies for Patients, Invisible Children, and Walk 4 Aidan. This scholarship fund builds off of a strong history of giving.”
Questions? Want to get more involved? Want to give in honor of a fellow student, a teacher, or a favorite principal?
Email Dan Blau and Winston Lofton: SammamishX@gmail.com
SAMMAMISH HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI LAUNCH SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR GRADUATING STUDENTS
OUR PURPOSE – A group of Sammamish High School (SHS) alumni are launching it’s second annual Sammamish X Scholarship Fund to help provide financial support for graduating Sammamish students who will be continuing their education.
“Bellevue is known as a place with a lot of BMWs and rich people,” said Dan Blau, class of 2005. “But it’s not all like that, and one of the great things about Sammamish is its diversity – in terms of ethnicity and socio-economics. SHS is great at getting students to graduate and preparing them for college, but college is too expensive for too many people. We want the scholarship to help make it a little easier for graduating Sammamish seniors, many of whom will be the first in their families to attend college.”
The class of 2006 is leading an effort to raise ANOTHER (cheers) whopping goal of $5,000 dollar. A scholarship given to a SHS senior graduating in 2017, in honor of the class’s 10-year reunion. They are joined by alumni from several classes including the class of 1963, the first incoming Freshman class to graduate from Sammamish. And from many helpful members of classes 2004, 2005 and 2007. Together they will work to create an endowment to fund annual scholarships in subsequent years, and to start a tradition in which each class attending their 10-year reunion raises additional money to support Sammamish students.
Since 2002, the number of students at Sammamish eligible for free and reduced lunch has doubled from 20% to 41%. Today, more than 35% of students there speak a language other than English at home. Those students speak over 40 different languages. Some face significant barriers to college access.
Alex Lofton from the class of 2003 explained other motivations for launching the effort as well: “Many of us went on to college and had great experiences. One thing we noticed was that a lot of our peers from private high schools, and many of us in private colleges, gained access to people and resources through alumni that helped advance our education and careers. Sammamish students deserve the same kind of access and opportunities, and we felt SHS alumni should be a part of that. We started this in part because we want to build that type of support.”