Palmer Scholars will soon include high school juniors
A 32-year-old Tacoma-based institution that has been supporting low-income students of color is making a change to better guide students in their quest for a college education.
Since 1983, the R. Merle Palmer Minority Scholarship Foundation, founded by a Tacoma businessman, has been providing financial support and ongoing mentoring throughout the college years to Pierce County students.
Historically, the majority of Palmer Scholars have been selected as high school seniors, with a few who join the program after starting college.
Beginning next school year, the program will select Palmer Scholars from both high school juniors and seniors, and the following year, only high school juniors will be selected. The goal is to help high school students begin their transition to college preparation earlier.
Meanwhile, the program continues to honor local students. The Class of 2015 Palmer Scholars includes 28 students, almost all first-generation college students. Each receives a scholarship of up to $5,000 a year, renewable for up to five years.
This year’s scholars and their schools are Jalen RobinsonMcClure and Khyree Watson, Bellarmine Prep; Eli Gonzalez Perez, India Owens and Victoria Ann Tirado, Clover Park; Amoje Moody, Franklin Pierce; Jose Pacio, Harrison Prep; Jalon Hollingsworth, Jamie Rollins and Justin Tran, Foss; Devin Snow, Eunissa Satterwhite, Fernanda Venegas, Jamyrick Fontenot, Jerald Chandler, Miriam Cabrera, Ricardo Ramirez-Rubio and Sasheta Green, Lincoln; Elizabeth Manning, Karen Davila, Kevin Castellanos, Ronalei Taula, Savanna Harper and Victoria Mao, Mount Tahoma; Luis Servin, SAMI; and Chanelle Peoples, Esperanza Sarmiento and Valeria Sanchez-Jimenez, Stadium.
New UP School Board member is veteran educator
Longtime Tacoma-area educator Ethelda Burke is the newest member of the University Place School Board.
The 40-year resident of University Place was appointed Jan. 28 to fill the seat vacated by Christine Kilduff, a Democrat who was elected to the state House of Representatives from the 28th District.
Burke was formerly superintendent of the Tukwila School District. She resigned in 2012 after five years on the job, following complaints alleging that she made racially insensitive remarks. Both Burke and the employees who complained are African-American.
Prior to her time in Tukwila, Burke was principal of Stadium High School and deputy superintendent in Tacoma.
Burke is active in the NAACP and the Tacoma Urban League and is an American Leadership Forum fellow. She is a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and tutors students.
Congressional Art Competition entries sought
Students are invited to participate in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. The winner will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to attend the unveiling ceremony honoring the winners.
Entries can include paintings, drawings, collage, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art and photography and must be original in design, concept and execution. The deadline to receive entries is 5 p.m. April 13. For more detailed information and entry forms, go to kilmer.house.
Area students to join hands
to help ailing coach
The Sumner High School ASB is hosting a two-night talent show Thursday and Friday to benefit Bob Jones, an Auburn High School coach and athletic director who is battling pancreatic cancer. The event at the Sumner High School Performing Arts Center costs $8 at the door.
A Benefit Night Dinner and Auction, sponsored by the student leadership teams from Sumner, Auburn, Auburn Riverside, Auburn Mountain View and Bonney Lake high schools, will begin at 6 p.m. March 3, with tickets at $20.
Both events will raise money to help with Jones’ medical bills and other costs associated with his cancer treatment. For more information, call 253-931-4713.
Meeting to offer information about people with ADHD
Pierce County Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder will host a series of meetings at Charles Wright Academy, 7723 Chambers Creek Road W., Tacoma.
February’s meeting, on Wednesday, will feature Sheri Hamlow, educational therapist with The Ark Institute of Learning. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, go to chadd.net/394.
Clover Park plans meetings on boundary changes
The Clover Park School District will hold four community meetings this week to inform families of proposed school attendance boundary changes. The district elementary schools that are impacted are Lakeview, Oakwood, Park Lodge and Southgate. The meetings are at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Park Lodge Elementary School, 6300 100th St. SW; Wednesday at Lakeview Hope Academy, 10501 47th Ave. SW; Thursday at Southgate Elementary, 10202 Earley Ave. SW; and Friday at Oakwood Elementary, 3230 85th St. S. The presentation will be the same at each location.
For more information, call 253-583-5010.
Compiled by Debbie Cafazzo and Mary Anderson, staff writers