New this year, thanks to the generosity of property developer Matt Griffin and his wife, Evelyne Rozner—the Evelyne Rozner & Matt Griffin Scholarship is awarded to a graduating student from Highline Public Schools. Scholarship criteria included financial need, academic performance, leadership and community service or extracurricular activities.
Karishama Vahora, Highline High School and South Seattle College (Running Start)
Karishama has dreamed of going to the University of Washington since the fifth grade because of the diverse leaders on campus and the different career and growth opportunities available in Seattle and through UW. She is excited to be heading there in the fall to study Computer Science and Public Health and return to her community to work on issues of health and food justice. Karishama has been very active during high school as President of Muslim Student Association, a Peer Leader for YWCA Girls First, and completing an internship for Food Empowerment Education Sustainability Team (FEEST) in Seattle.
New in 2017, the Evelyne Rozner and Matt Griffin Scholarship will be awarded to one graduating student attending a 4-year institution who plans to study engineering, math, or physics.
“Education opened opportunities for us, and we were helped by many people, who took an interest in us. We feel fortunate that we can help a bright, energetic, young adult reach his or her educational goals through a scholarship.” ~ Evelyne Rozner and Matt Griffin
The Evelyne Rozner and Matt Griffin Scholarship will be awarded based on academic achievement and need to a student who plans to study engineering, math, or physics.
One (1) $20,000 scholarship will be awarded to one graduating student attending a 4-year institution. Scholarship to be awarded to the recipient in four (4) equal installments of $5,000 per year.
- 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
- Student must continue to be enrolled full-time, study engineering, math or physics in college; maintain a B average or GPA of 3.0; and submit transcripts annually to the Evelyne Rozner and Matt Griffin Scholarship Committee c/o Highline Schools Foundation to receive future scholarship funds
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, citizenship, 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 Evelyne Rozner and Matt Griffin for their generous partnership, which makes this scholarship award possible!