STIA Scholarship

The Port of Seattle recently hosted a lunch at their Pier 69 headquarters for the 2017 recipients of the STIA scholarship provided through the Highline Schools Foundation. The lunch was an opportunity for the leadership team from the Port of Seattle and HMS Host to get to know the scholarship students and hear about their post-secondary plans. Students learned more about the Port, HMS Host, and the golf tournament held each year to raise the funds that support this scholarship.

2017 STIA scholarship winners at Port of Seattle lunch

In attendance were (from left to right): Elizabeth “Biz” Leavitt (Senior Director, Environment and Sustainability, Port of Seattle); Dave Soike (Interim Executive Director, Port of Seattle); Heidy Cruz Franco (scholarship recipient); Gary Richer (Senior Manager, Electrical Systems, Electronic Systems, and Satellite Transit Systems, Port of Seattle); Anne Baunach (Executive Director, Highline Schools Foundation); Rasha Barem (scholarship recipient); John Moore (Operations Director, HMS Host); Mariam Alkorashy (scholarship recipient); and Marco Milanese (Community Relations Manager, Port of Seattle). Not pictured: Habtamu Kabeto (scholarship recipient).

STIA Scholarship (2017)

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (STIA) Scholarship (pictured from left to right) Mariam Alkorashy, Heidy Cruz Franco, Rasha Barem, Habtamu Kabeto pictured with Marco Milanese, Port of Seattle and Highline Schools Foundation President

Port of Seattle & HMS Host LogoStarted 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 the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Scholarship charity golf tournament (sponsored by volunteer employees of the Port of Seattle and HMS Host). Three scholarships are awarded annually to three graduating seniors who attend a Highline Public School and will be pursuing a college education.

2017 STIA Scholarship Recipients:

Heidy Cruz Franco, Mount Rainier High School and Highline College (Running Start)
Heidy will attend University of Washington Seattle in the fall where she plans to study nursing. Her goal is to become either an oncology nurse or neonatal nurse to help children who have developed cancer. Heidy is active in her high school including Key Club, IGNITE mentor leadership, College Access Now, and Latino Club. She also works at Lady’s Footlocker.

Mariam Alkorashy, Highline High School
Mariam plans to attend Western Washington University and study bio chemistry as a first step in higher education as she pursues her dream job of neurosurgeon. While at WWU, she hopes to participate in study abroad program(s) to broaden her horizons in the medical field. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she hopes to take a year off to volunteer in the Peace Corp before attending the University of Washington Medical School. She is currently ASB Vice President, Black Student Union Secretary, and a volunteer at Highline Medical Center.

Rasha Barem, Highline High School
Rasha immigrated to the United States from Iraq via Egypt. After seeing the atrocities of war in both of these Middle Eastern countries, Rasha has decided to become a surgeon to be able to help others. She wants to be an activist for women’s rights by challenging societal limitations that are placed on women of a conservative society. Rasha is a member of National Honor Society, has participated in National Student Leadership Conference, Link Crew, and as a volunteer at Highline Hospital.

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.

Seattle Tacoma International Airport (STIA) Scholarship

Three scholarships 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.

Two (2) $20,000 scholarships will be awarded toward university/college education and one (1) $10,000 scholarship will be awarded toward a vocational or community college education. All scholarships are distributed over a 2-year period.


  • 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 STIA scholarship is paid to the institution, students agree to continue to be enrolled full time, keep a GPA of 2.5 and submit transcripts annually to the STIA 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.