Alaska Airlines Scholarship

Alaska Airlines Scholarship (2017)

2017 Alaska Airlines Scholarship (pictured from left to right) Madison Hall-Lambert, Andrun Lowerre. Not pictured: Yasin Ali-Halane, Sosna Woldemariam


The Alaska Airlines Scholarship is funded thanks to the generosity of Alaska Airlines, an important partner with Highline Schools Foundation. Started in 2014 as one (1) $5,000 scholarship awarded to one graduating student attending Highline Public Schools, Alaska Airlines increased the number of scholarships awarded in 2016 to four (4)! The scholarship is based on financial need, academic merit, achievement, and the student’s future goals.

2017 Alaska Airlines Scholarship Recipients:

Andrun Lowerre, Big Picture High School and Highline College (Running Start)
Andrun is passionate about the prosthetics industry. He plans to attend Western Washington University and then head to graduate school to receive a Master’s Degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics (MPO). He hopes to one day be a pioneer in the human augmentation industry. Andrun has done multiple internships in college including at Absolute German Autowrecking, Foundry10, St. Vincent DePaul, and the Highline School District IT department.

Madison Hall-Lambert, Highline High School and Highline College (Running Start)
Madison plans to attend University of Washington in the fall. She plans to be an economics major with an emphasis in political science. Eventually, she hopes to become a corporate attorney. Madison is currently the Black Student Union President and has done internships at Ogden Murphy Wallace and Mendoza Law Center.

Sosna Woldermariam, Raisbeck Aviation High School and Highline College (Running Start)
Sosna plans to attend the University of Washington in the fall studying molecular biology as a pre-med student. As an immigrant from Ethopia, she has seen many people get sick and die of treatable diseases and illnesses. She wants to be the solution and change the living standard of the average citizen. Sosna has worked as an interpreter for the Museum of Flight, as a tutor for Gear Up, and as an active member of the Highline College Black Student Union.

Yasin Ali-Halane, Raisbeck Aviation High School
Yasin plans to attend the University of Washington where he received direct admission into Business Administration at the Foster School of Business. He hopes to study business and political science with a focus on international relations.  He is currently ASB Vice President at Raisbeck as well as a cross country runner. Yasin is also the senior patrol leader with Boy Scout Troup 352, where he earned his Eagle Scout designation. 

Started in 2014 as one $5,000 scholarship awarded to one graduating student attending Highline Public Schools – Alaska Airlines has increased the number of scholarships to be awarded in 2016 to four (4) scholarships! Four (4) $5,000 scholarships were awarded in 2016 — two designated for Raisbeck Aviation High School students.

This scholarship is based on financial need, academic merit, achievement, and the student’s future goals. Scholarship to be awarded to the recipients during their first year of study at a 2 or 4-year institution.


  • Students must graduate from Highline Public School, by 6/30 of their senior year, to be eligible for a scholarship
  • Families must live in the Highline Public Schools service area
  • Students must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student, enrolled in college level classes and continue to attend college full-time to receive awarded scholarship money
  • Precedence will be giving to those recipients who have not received a substantial scholarship or scholarships from other entities
  • Once the Alaska Airlines Scholarship is paid to the institution, students agree to continue to be enrolled full time, keep a GPA of 2.5 and submit their freshman transcript to the Alaska Airlines Scholarship Committee c/o Highline Schools Foundation

Applications are available online beginning mid-January of each year
. The timeline, including the deadline to apply, will be posted at the time the application is available online. Scholarship recipients are announced in the spring.

Applications are accepted online and processed by the Highline Schools Foundation. The information contained in your scholarship application will not be used for any purpose other than to process your application. Scholarship selection is made without regard to applicant’s race, color, national origin, religious belief, sex, marital status, age, or physical handicap.

As part of the application, you will be asked to provide:

  • Your personal contact information.
  • One 500-word essay on one of the following topics: 1. What has been your most enjoyable learning experience? What did you learn? Why was it enjoyable? – OR – 2. Share an important experience that affected your life. How would you take that learning experience and apply it to your future education?
  • High school records – Your transcript and SAT scores
  • One Letter of Recommendation from an adult who has had a significant role in interacting with you in your extracurricular, community service, or leadership activities. Please ask this adult to answer the following question in their letter “What are the personal qualities that you have seen while working with this individual which demonstrates his/her leadership?”

Your scholarship money will be paid directly to the college and may be used for tuition, fees and books. The Highline Schools Foundation will not pay scholarship money to schools outside the United States.

Thank you to Alaska Airlines for their generous partnership, which makes this scholarship award possible.