Five Kent-Meridian High School students became Why Not You Scholars. At the presentation were, from left: K-M Principal David Radford; Carly Young, executive director of the Why Not You Foundation; scholars Djamila Oumarou; Katie Liu; Najma Abdirizak; Monserrat Palacios-Aguirre; Aye Aye Aung; and Raquel Rodgers; and Erika Enciso-Castillo, CPA, College Success Foundation. COURTESY PHOTO, Why Not You Foundation

Five Kent-Meridian High School students became Why Not You Scholars. At the presentation were, from left: K-M Principal David Radford; Carly Young, executive director of the Why Not You Foundation; scholars Djamila Oumarou; Katie Liu; Najma Abdirizak; Monserrat Palacios-Aguirre; Aye Aye Aung; and Raquel Rodgers; and Erika Enciso-Castillo, CPA, College Success Foundation. COURTESY PHOTO, Why Not You Foundation

Why Not You Foundation awards scholarships to five Kent-Meridian students

Program is part of Ciara and Russell Wilson’s work with DREAM BIG: Anything is Possible teen empowerment campaign

  • Sunday, June 23, 2019 2:36pm
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The Why Not You Foundation has awarded college scholarships to five Kent-Meridian High School students – Najma Abdirizak, Aye Aye Aung, Djamila Oumarou, Monserrat Palacios-Aguirre and Racquel Rodgers.

The five were among the eight inaugural Why Not You Scholars who were recently announced. The other recipients were Bryan Ahaneku Chucha, Auburn Mountainview High; Katie Liu, of Lindbergh; and Ribka Abebe, Tyee High.

The scholarship program – established by the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara’s Why Not You Foundation as part of the DREAM BIG: Anything is Possible teen empowerment campaign – helps graduating high school seniors achieve their post-secondary educational dreams. The foundation works in partnership with the College Success Foundation.

Scholarships range from $20,000 ($5,000 per year) for students to attend a four-year public institution to $5,000 ($2,500 per year) for those to attend a two-year community college or trade school.

The DREAM BIG: Anything is Possible campaign was launched earlier this year by the Why Not You Foundation in partnership with King County Library System (KCLS), the KCLS Foundation and JPMorgan Chase.

In addition to the scholarship program in partnership with College Success Foundation, the campaign encourages high school students to utilize the wide range of teen programs and resources offered through community libraries – opening up a world of possibilities and leading the way to achieving their educational and career dreams.

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