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Recipients

Meet the Scholarship Recipients

We celebrate our scholarship recipients at the annual Brava! Award Banquet. Congratulations to the following deserving women:

Monique Allen

Monique Allen

Garfield High School

Not only is Monique a 4.0 student with a special interest in public health and nutrition, she has an enthusiasm for a variety of community opportunities. As a chorister and assistant for the Seattle Girls Choir, she has traveled internationally organizing as well as performing with other talented young women. She volunteers at Children’s Hospital in the gift shop, is a Board Member with TeenTix, a non-profit that promotes youth arts access, tutors in Latin and math and is Vice President of the National Honor Society.

Hana Andualem Bezabeh

Hana Bezabeh

Shorecrest High School

Hana is a first-generation, Ethiopian-American woman fluent in both Amharic and English. She is an ambassador and a member of the government board at her high school. Upon a trip to her parents’ homeland, Hana saw the crushing poverty and realized the opportunities that she has had in life; community service became a core foundation of who she is. Throughout high school, she served at the Boys and Girls Club and the Bureau of Fearless Ideas, both nonprofit organizations focused on serving youth. She also volunteered at Swedish Hospital as a Junior Health Scholar. Hana is planning on becoming a physician’s assistant so that she can directly impact people’s lives by providing medical aid and build relationships with those in need.

Anahyta “Aazaad” Burn

AnahytaAazaad Burn

Mercer Island High School

Anahyta values her diverse background and feels a college education will enable her to “harness my whole self in order to better contribute to our global community.” To this end she is fluent in French, tutors French and is a talented violist/violinist in her high school chamber orchestra. Last summer she worked as an apprentice at a nonprofit ecological research organization on Lopez Island. Anahyta states that serving a collaborative community moved by compelling shared goals is joyful and exhilarating. Her math teacher feels she has all the characteristics of a student ready to move forward into a highly competitive and intellectually challenging college environment, in which she will contribute and thrive.

Haley Paige Riggs

Haley Riggs

Highline High School

Haley’s teacher calls her one of the most academically gifted students she has taught. Haley completed every math class at Highline College and earned top scores on several national AP exams. Her skills are used to empower those she helps as a math tutor, as a support person for children in School Suspension, and as a volunteer at Westside Baby. Haley is a leader in her ethnically diverse high school: Most Inspirational Band Member, Tennis Captain, 3-year President of Future Business Leaders of America. Her principal describes her as a friend of students of all races. She clearly earned being voted by her peers Most Likely to Create a Positive Change in the World.

Eshika Saxena

Eshika Saxena

Interlake High School

As a 4.0 student involved in DECA, Honor Society, Math Team, and Girl Scouts, Eshika’s main interest lies in Computer Science. Eshika has interned at UW Computing Lab, Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, Apple Engineering Technology Camp, and MIT’s Research Sciences Institute. She aspires to a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering to further her work as a researcher or professor dedicated to advancing frontiers of technology in Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning. As important as her accomplishments, her references deemed her a motivated learner, hardworking, and a humble student and friend.

Isabel Schmidt

Isabel Schmidt

Garfield High School

Isabel describes herself as an “arts-loving jock,” reflecting her deep involvement and leadership in both team sports and the Seattle arts world. Isabel is the captain of her high school’s cross country track team where she was awarded a state ent. To prepare herself for a career in arts management, Isabel has had internships with Seattle Symphony and three Seattle art museums. We will cheer when she achieves her ambition “to become the first woman director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”

Annie Seo

Annie Seo

Decatur High School

Annie is valedictorian of her class and held leadership roles as class secretary and National Honor Society vice president. Music is the focus for Annie. As a pianist and cellist, she has played with ensembles, orchestras and as a soloist. She received the Heritage Festival Maestro Award as an accompanist and for a cello solo. She maintained a 4.0 GPA at Decatur, and yet set time aside for volunteering. Annie helped elementary students with reading, volunteered at her local library, and mentored underclassmen through Ignite Mentorship. Others described Annie as leading by example and unselfish in her motives. Annie’s goal is to study a new form of medication, music therapy, to make a difference in the growing mental illness epidemic.

LaShawn Claiborne

Lashawn Claiborne

Wellspring Family Services

LaShawn has demonstrated grit and responsibility throughout her young life. Despite a turbulent childhood in an unstable home, she earned her high school diploma while holding down part-time jobs. After a failed reunification attempt with her physically abusive mother resulted in homelessness—staying on a bus or at bus stops with her baby when shelters weren’t available—Lashawn found the resources needed for housing and childcare. She is currently working full-time while studying for her associate’s degree in Medical Billing and Coding to ensure a secure future for herself and her eighteen-month-old daughter.

Rosemary Kidane

Rosemary Kidane

Jubilee Women’s Center

Rosemary began working at age five, picking strawberries in the fields of Skagit County, and spent more than twenty years working in restaurants. After a car accident left her disabled and unable to work, she went through job retraining, and is currently enrolled in the chef certificate program of the Seattle Culinary Academy at Seattle Central College. Her goal is to become a chef trainer and teacher at FareStart. She receives high praise for her work ethic and competence, and is recognized by her peers for her leadership in Phi Theta Kappa, a service honorary for two-year college students.

Autrina Martindale

Autrina Martindale

Seattle Goodwill

Autrina is a single mother working to support her two daughters through high school and college. As a child, she was in foster care and homeless from ages fourteen to nineteen. By her early twenties, she had become a successful financial manager, but, in 2013, after divorce and the 2008 financial crisis, she, along with her daughters, again faced homelessness. She currently provides financial services part-time while finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Strategic Communication at the Everett Campus of Washington State University, and will pursue a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology.

Neiman Rittenhouse

Neiman Rittenhouse

WUC

Neiman grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas, Arlington, with a Bachelor in Business Administration. She was previously the Controller at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge. She is looking forward to improving her life skills.