13th Year Scholarship

The 13th Year Scholarship was established in 2017 by Brad and Danielle Tilden to support students who might otherwise be unable to continue their education beyond high school. Four scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, academic merit, and achievement. Four (4) $5,000 scholarships will be awarded. Scholarship to be awarded to the recipients during their first year of study at a four-year college or university, or a two-year community college, junior college or accredited trade school. Please visit our main scholarship page for eligibility information and how to apply.

2017 Scholarship Recipients

13th Year (2017)

2017 13th Year Scholarship (pictured from left to right) Tseyon Nurilegn, Christina Naydyuk, Habtamu Kabeto, Leslie Garcia-Bobadilla

Christina Naydyuk, Academy of Citizenship & Empowerment and Highline College (Running Start)
Christina plans to attend the University of Washington this fall to study computer science. She has been actively involved in her high school through National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, Co-leader for Shine Bright at Midway Elementary, volunteer at Highline Hospital and as a tutor for AVID and core classes.

Habtamu Kabeto, Global Connections High School and Highline College (Running Start)
Habtamu plans to attend the University of Washington and study computer science and engineering. He participates in National Honor Society, Summer Search, Africa United Club (where he serves as President), Track & Field, and Cross Country. He is also a member of Medhane-Alem Evangelical Church where he is part of the leadership and fundraising committees as well as a member of the media and sound engineering team.

Leslie Garcia-Bobadilla, Health Sciences & Human Services High School
Leslie will attend Seattle University in the fall to study engineering. Numbers have always been important to her as she saw math and numbers as a universal language – especially with her father as math was the only subject her dad could understand and help her with. She is on the HS3 honor roll, has participated in varsity soccer, gymnastics, and cheerleading, and Upward Bound. She is also involved with National Honors Society, Key Club, and Asociación de Latinos en Acción y Servicio (ALAS).

Tseyon Nurilegn, Highline High School
Tseyon plans to attend the University of Washington to become a nurse practitioner. She is an honor student at Highline High School participating in National Honor Society. She has also participated in a research program run by Seattle Children’s Hospital focused on the impacts that social media has on people’s lives.  Tseyon has also participated in the achievers program through College Success Foundation, Link Crew at Highline High School, and is a volunteer/page for the Burien Public Library.


Thank you to Brad and Danielle Tilden for their generous partnership, which makes this scholarship award possible!