Started in 2002, The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (STIA) Scholarship is the Foundation’s longest running scholarship. This needs-based scholarship is funded through the annual Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Scholarship charity golf tournament (sponsored by volunteer employees of the Port of Seattle and HMS Host).
Three scholarships (two for $20,000 and one for $10,000) are awarded annually to three graduating seniors who attend a Highline Public School and will be pursuing a college education. Students who are motivated to pursue a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) education and career are encouraged to apply for a STIA scholarship. All scholarships are distributed over a 2-year period.
2018 Scholarship Recipients
Waltana Dawit from Mount Rainier High School. Waltana is attending the University of Washington in the fall to study Microbiology.
“For a month, The Seattle Children’s Research Institute was my home. I, along with fourteen others, was partnered with scientists and lab technicians on various floors. I attended seminars and performed hands-on activities in order to understand the material being discussed. It was the first time I felt like I was doing real science.My experience at Seattle Children’s made the field of biology feel like a real possibility for my career. I want biology to be ingrained in my life’s work as a microbiology major and, hopefully, an immunologist.” ~ Waltana
Hamse Igge from Tyee High School. Hamse is attending Highline College this fall to study Biology – as he heads toward Dental School.
“When I was in middle school I found I was really enjoyed science. In high school, my teacher encouraged me to try the dental hygienist program and while it is hard, I find it’s amazing and fun training to be a dental assistant. My goal after I finish the Puget Sound Skills Center Dental Assistant Program this spring, is to attend Highline College for two years and then transfer to a four-year institution like the University of Washington. I want to pursue a career in dentistry under pre-health science with a minor in political science. ” ~ Hamse
Angel Morales from Big Picture School. Angel will attend University of Washington, Tacoma in the fall. He plans to work towards a major in Electrical Engineering.
“My goal is to become a structural engineer after I get a bachelor degree for Civil Engineering. Through participating in ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) and Build your Future I have been able to learned about the academic side of construction and real world application. Through my current internship through ACE, I am not only get hands on experience as a structural engineer but have been able to meet with mentors in the structural engineering field. When I graduate from college and start my career in structural engineering, I will be able to give back to my family and help support our future.” ~ Angel
Thank you to Port of Seattle and HMS Host for their generous partnership, which makes this scholarship award possible.