Announcing 2013 STIA Scholarship Winners

2013 Scholarship Winners

Pictured (from L to R) Bernie Dorsey (Highline School Board), Susan Enfield (Superintendent), Nara Koirala (Highline High School), Hector Diaz Contreras (Global Connections High School), Marco Milanese (Foundation Board Trustee), Oscar Alejandre (Arts and Academics Academy).


Burien, WA – May 13, 2013 – The Highline Schools Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (STIA) Scholarship for 2013.

This scholarship is a needs-based scholarship and is awarded annually to three graduating seniors from Highline School District who will be pursuing a college education. This year, $36,000 in scholarships is being awarded to the following students:

Hector Diaz Contreras
Hector will graduate from Global Connections High School and plans to attend the University of Washington or Seattle University where he wants to study International Studies, with a minor in American Ethnic Studies, and then a Masters in Teaching so he can be a Social Studies teacher. Global Connections principal, Rick Harwood, had this to say about Hector: “Hector demonstrates leadership to his peers by being a strong role model through his successful efforts to combine academic success, participation in extracurricular activities, and employment that allows him to help support his family and save for college.”

Nara Koirala
Nara will graduate from Highline High School and plans on attending Washington State University where he will study Mechanical Engineering. Nanci Leonard, a counselor at Highline High School, wrote in her letter of recommendation: “I have absolutely no doubt that Nara will make our world a better place and that his example will lead others to do the same. It has been my privilege to be his teacher.”

Oscar Alejandre
Oscar will graduate from Arts and Academics Academy and plans to attend the University of Washington where he will study Aeronautical Engineering. Paul Didier, his teacher at AAA writes: “Oscar has an outstanding reputation as a leader and role model among both teachers and students at the Arts and Academics Academy (AAA). He has incredible potential and is an “out-of-the-box” thinker. He is one of the most well-rounded, motivated students that I have had the pleasure to teacher in my ten years at AAA.”


2013 marks the 13th anniversary of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Scholarship Charity Golf Tournament (sponsored by employees of HMS Host and volunteer employees and contractors of the Port of Seattle) to benefit the Highline Schools Foundation.
The proceeds from the tournament have contributed nearly one million dollars to support college scholarships and educational programs for the youth of the Highline School District.

STIA Golf Tournament - July 22, 2013 at Fairwood Golf & Country ClubThis year’s Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held on July 22, 2013 at Fairwood Golf & Country Club in Renton.

The Entry Level Golf Team includes golf for four players, cart, range balls, golf pro-shop voucher, a golfer’s gift package, on-course refreshments, and dinner. The Hole Sponsor Level Golf Team includes all the above plus golf attire, signage on the tee, advertising on the Sponsorship Board and name in tournament program.

There are multiple sponsorship levels available with some including golf packages. More information about team registration and sponsorship levels can be found here:

The deadline to register is Monday, July 8, 2013


Since 1999, the Highline Schools Foundation has been supporting innovation and excellence in Highline Public Schools. Our funding priorities focus on programs to improve academic achievement, supporting college and career readiness, grants to teachers for engaging classroom projects, the arts, athletics, and programs that keep students in school and productive. Highline is a district full of need and opportunity. The Highline Schools Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to all schools in our district—our goal is to help as many students as possible be successful!

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