Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

2017 Celebration Scholarship Recipients

Samantha Bailey

Samantha Bailey
QFC Scholar
Major: Public Health

After graduating with a public health degree, I would like to work to ensure that people not only have access to, but receive affordable and quality health care. I see myself in a state or federal governmental capacity to bring about policy changes (in areas such as clean water and air, good education, walking paths, etc.) before they affect people’s lives.


Isaiah Barhoum

Isaiah Barhoum
Dr. Millie Russell Scholar
Major: Business Administration – Accounting & Informatics

After graduating from the UW, I plan to pursue a career in public accounting or consulting or start my own business. I hope to establish the education, reputation and capital necessary to make large-scale impacts on low-income communities.


Marie Bentler

Marie Bentler
Bank of America Scholar
Major: Business Administration – Accounting & Human Resources

After receiving my degree and public accounting certification, I hope to turn my internships with the Boing Company into a full-time position. I eventually hope to become the CEO or CFO at Boeing.


Josue Estrada

Josue Estrada
Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program Scholar
Doctoral Candidate: History

I plan to lead a Chicano/a or Latino/a Studies Program at a university or college, and oversee federal or state-funded programs that help underrepresented students graduate from college. I also want to continue to mentor students and give back to the migrant and Chicano/Latino community.


Kiesha Garcia-Stubbs

Kiesha Garcia-Stubbs
Murray, Pitre, Baker, Rosebaugh Scholar
Major: Nursing
Minor: Nutritional Sciences

My goal is to become a registered nurse and join an organization such as Doctors Without Borders so that I can work within the global health context. I would like to be a part of the effort improving health care systems and health literacy within developing counties.


Jannette Gutierrez

Jannette Gutiérrez
Wells Fargo Vice President’s Achievement Award
Major: Spanish

I would like to attend the UW School of Dentistry and return to my community to work as a dentist at a local clinic. I also want to give back by mentoring middle and high school students so that they will know they can be successful in their pursuit of higher education.


Ivan Machuca

Ivan Machuca
Educational Opportunity Program Scholar
Major: Aeronautics & Astronautic Engineering

My dream has always been to design airplanes and space shuttles. I aspire to become a professional aerospace engineer and design the next spacecraft that are sent to Mars and beyond. I also would like to inspire the next generation of engineers through mentoring and outreach.


Havana McElvaine

Havana McElvaine
University of Washington Athletic Scholar
Major: Sociology
Minor: Diversity

I am passionate about human rights, social justice and leadership. After earning my undergraduate degree, I am interested in pursuing graduate school in public administration, public policy or law.


Cecilia Perez

Cecilia Perez
Gary D. Kimura Family Scholar
Major: Nursing
Minor: Nutritional Sciences

I plan to become a registered nurse and work in in-patient settings or in community health before eventually returning to the UW for a doctor of nursing practice degree so I can work as a family nurse practitioner. Ultimately, I wish to serve as a healthcare advocate for underserved and underrepresented communities, especially within the Latinx/migrant populations.


Osman Salahuddin

Osman Salahuddin
Friends of the Educational Opportunity Program Legacy Scholar
Major: Neurobiology
Minor: English

I am a passionate healthcare advocate and aspire to become a pediatric physician. I also hope to attain a master’s degree in public health to better understand varying healthcare issues and conditions.


Starla Sampaco

Starla Sampaco
President’s Achievement Award
Majors: Journalism and Law, Societies and Justice

After graduating from the UW, I plan to work for a video news organization, where I will continue covering diverse and underrepresented communities. As a journalist, I want to amplify the voices of people who are often marginalized, misunderstood or overlooked.


Greydon Shangreaux

Greydon Shangreaux
Robert T. and Nancy J. Knight Scholar
Major: Civil & Environmental Engineering

After graduating from the UW, I hope to contribute to my reservation in a way that hasn’t been done before.


Abigail Sloan

Abigail Sloan
Robert T. and Nancy J. Knight Scholar
Major: Sociology

I plan to pursue creative writing, whether that includes screenwriting, narrative journalism or short stories. In the future, I also hope to apply to a master of fine arts program for writing, emphasizing in teaching.


Dylan Tran

Dylan Tran
Del Rio Global Citizens Scholar
Majors: Education & American Ethnic Studies

After graduation, I will pursue research in multicultural education and educational policy, in hopes of earning my Ph.D. as a McNair scholar. I will lobby for and write equitable policies into the system and one day, come back home to the Hilltop and East Side of Tacoma as a TRIO professional to continue the work of empowering youth so that they, too, see themselves as scholars and leaders.


Kristiana Tupua

Kristiana Tupua
Lydia A. Gonzales Scholar
Major: Biology, Pre-Dentistry

I plan to pursue a career in dentistry, as well as inspire other minority and first-generation college students to show them that higher education is possible.


Tyler Valentine

Tyler Valentine
William P. and Ruth Gerberding/Early Identification Program Scholar
Major: Earth & Space Sciences

My goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in planetary science. I would like to work on the research and development of space mining technology and take part in one of the first asteroid mining missions. Someday, I hope to become the CEO of an asteroid mining company.