Seventeen Pierce County students have been named as Palmer Scholars for 2013. Scholars not only receive a four-year scholarship worth a total of $20,000, but each is also paired with a mentor who provides guidance on college and career plans.
This year’s scholars are:
Ki-Renee Armstrong, Christopher Canche-Lopez, Joshua Eckwood, QueVeon Jenkins, Alejandra Ramirez-Rubio and My’Kaila Young, all from Lincoln High School; Andres Coca, Aaliya Lewis, Kimberly Miles, Abneris Rodriguz, all from Mount Tahoma High School; Ramsey Davis and Victor Gamboa, both from Washington High School; Sinai Gonzalez and Miguel Wallingford, from Clover Park High School; Devon Phillips from Wilson High School; Terelle Hardiman from Tacoma Community College and Stefanie Ross from Evergreen College.
To celebrate their accomplishments (and help raise funds for future scholars), the organization is hosting its “Stand Up and Cheer Fundraising Luncheon” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday April 12 at the Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated and organizers request that you call 253-572-9008 if you plan to attend.
Jon Kitna, the NFL quarterback who returned to his alma mater, Lincoln High, to teach and coach, will be the guest speaker.
The Palmer Scholars Foundation was founded in 1983 by Tacoma businessman R. Merle Palmer, who wanted to ensure that all students were able to attend and graduate from college regardless of their race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status. He founded the scholarship program to help Pierce County minority students.
Since its inception, the scholarships have helped an estimated 300 students attend college.