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UWAB Awards Student Tuition Scholarships

It seems every year, the scholarship selection process becomes more and more difficult. The difficulty in this decision speaks to the caliber of students the U-Dub is enrolling. These students are inspiring, dedicated, diligent, well-rounded and BUSY! We have no doubt they are the future leaders and innovators of America, and we are thankful to be able to contribute to their success at the University of Washington!

For the 2011-2012 academic year, we awarded five one-year full tuition scholarships to the following promising undergraduates; and get ready for this, ALL are currently on the Dean's List!

SARAH TENG graduated with honors from Franklin High School in spring 2011. She was able to transfer all the credits she had already received through the running start program at Seattle Central Community College to the UW this past fall, where she is planning to major in Social Work. Sarah is an active volunteer as Key Club President and Asian Student Association Secretary. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Filipino Club and Earthcorp, and volunteers with the after-school Teen Peer Advocate Program, which educates high school students about domestic violence. During the summer, Sarah was a student leader for her third consecutive year with the North Seattle Community College Upward Bound program. This summer Sarah plans to volunteer with the Asian Counseling and Referral Service.

ALEX HENSON, a UW Senior, transferred to the University after attending Seattle Central Community College. He is a graduate of Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. A materials science and engineering major, he serves as treasurer at Keramos, a fraternal ceramics society, and is the outreach coordinator for Material Advantage. Alex works part-time and is currently a math tutor at TOPS middle school and does community outreach to involve children in the sciences and engineering. Beyond academics, work and volunteering, Alex loves being outdoors to sail, bike, play tennis, and rock climb. After graduation this spring, he plans on attending graduate school.

CATHERINE TANG is a graduate of Bellevue High School and a UW sophomore. She obtained early admission to bioengineering and is working to prepare for medical school. Fluent in Mandarin, she is currently persuing a minor in Chinese. In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society, Catherine works part time and volunteers her weekends to tutoring chemistry and math students. Catherine also volunteers with Engineers without Borders, Huskies United in Giving for Seattle Children's Hospital, the UW Medical Center, and UW Freshman Interest Groups as a leader. Catherine hopes to study abroad her junior year.

MICHAEL MARVICK is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering and applying for a mechatronics specialization. The Sammamish High School graduate participated in running start at Bellevue College during his senior year in high school. Michael volunteers with elementary and middle school-aged children as a camp counselor, an assistant track coach and a band tutor. His on-campus involvement includes ASUW Student Senate, National Honor Society, Washington Karate Association, and the UW Student Technology Fee Committee.

KENJI FUJITANI is the recipient of the Jackie Lee Houston scholarship, which heavily weighs community service in its considerations. A graduate of Overlake High School, he is a senior majoring in business administration and biochemistry. He plans on attending medical school and obtaining his MBA with the dream of opening an affordable hospital. He started the non-profit HIROS, or Helping Individuals Receive Ongoing Support, that helps students with disabilities and those coming from immigrant or low-income families with academics and social issues. In addition to working part-time, he volunteers with OutdoorsForAll, an outdoor activity program for the disabled; performs volunteer research for the Bioengineering department; and has an internship with UW Athletics, treating UW athletes and assisting team physicians and athletic trainers. Kenji is also a certified ski and sailing instructor, and has performed in numerous productions with the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Through our new partnership with the UW Alumni Association, the UWAB was recruited to assist in the award process for UWAA scholarships, including the Homecoming Court Scholarships and the Remo S. and Shiela A. Galvagno Scholarship. Our well-regarded method for reviewing and scoring scholarship applications led us to award funds to five additional inspiring and astounding UW Students.

The progress the UWAB continues to make is a testament to the hard work the leaders before us have done, and to the generous continued support we receive from both donors and volunteers. For this and so much more, we thank you.

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