Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

2019 Celebration Scholarship Recipients

Zian Bustamante

Zian Bustamante
Gary D. Kimura Family Scholar
Major: Public Health

After receiving my bachelor’s degree, I hope to pursue a master’s degree in public health or social work. Ultimately, I plan to become a case worker to help others in need.


Alfred Ern Escorpiso

Alfred Ern Escorpiso
Educational Opportunity Program Scholar
Major: Communication; Business Administration

I plan to obtain a master’s degree in professional accounting and work in the field for 2-4 years before returning to school to pursue a master’s degree in business administration, and possibly a juris doctorate. I’d also like to earn an associate’s degree in culinary arts. It is a dream of mine to become a chef and own a restaurant or a business.


Briana Gutierrez

Briana Gutierrez
QFC Scholar
Major: Psychology; Sociology

I plan to earn a master’s degree in clinical psychology, as well as a doctorate in psychology with a focus in forensic psychology. I would like to become a forensic psychologist and own my own practice someday.


Waheeda Hakim

Waheeda Hakim
Lydia A. Gonzales Scholar
Major: Informatics

My goal is to get my bachelor’s degree in informatics to become an example for other young women of my community, that pursuing higher education is possible while creating and raising a family. Post-graduation, I want to work for the United Nations to help resolve problems for low-income countries.


Cecilia Hoffman

Cecilia Hoffman
Robert T. and Nancy J. Knight Scholar
Major: Education, Communities and Organizations

I plan to attend graduate school with a possible focus on public policy. I am intrigued by the idea of working towards educational equity as well, so I may combine the two and go into educational policy. Regardless, I intend to expand upon my passions for areas such as environmental justice, Indigenous resurgence, education, health and social justice.


Alejandro Huante

Alejandro Huante
Bank of America Scholar
Major: Informatics
Minor: Diversity

After I graduate, I plan to work for a tech company here in Seattle (Amazon, Starbucks, Microsoft, Facebook or Google) or at a start-up. After five years, I hope to return to the UW for my master’s degree in a different field so I can bring a more dynamic approach to projects and problems in the work place.


Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson
William P. and Ruth Gerberding/Early Identification Program Scholar
Major: Electrical Engineering
Minor: Mathematics

I hope to attend graduate school and continue my research. I know that going to graduate school will help me become a wiser engineer, and I want to have the freedom to build devices that will help make the world a better place.


Destiny Julye

Destiny Julye
University of Washington Athletic Scholar
Major: Political Science
Minor:Education, Learning & Societies

I will move to Oklahoma City, Okla., after graduation to begin a two-year commitment with Teach For America. I will work with elementary-aged children, specifically with those who are in danger of falling behind.


Bao Nguyen

Bao Nguyen
Dr. Millie Russell Scholar
Major: Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

My long-term goal is to become a physician in clinical practices. In the short term, to prepare to apply for medical school, I hope to stay engaged in extracurricular work related to healthcare and research. I may also pursue a master’s degree in the health sciences.


Miracle Okoli

Miracle Okoli
Murray, Pitre, Baker, Rosebaugh Scholar
Major: Biology; Business Administration

I desire to go to medical school and become a general practitioner or specialize so I can work with a certain group of people. After I get into medical school, I also plan to apply to a MBA program to give me some perspective on the healthcare and business fields, and how they intersect.


Ximena Perez

Ximena Perez
Del Rio Global Citizens Scholar
Majors: International Studies; Spanish
Minor: Diversity

My goal is to work for the United States Department of State through the Foreign Service Office. I’d like to be a consul and later on, a public diplomat in a country of Latin America, in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Guinea-Bissau or Mozambique. Ultimately, I’d like to serve the United States abroad as an ambassador.


Alexis Pantaleon

Alexis Rodriguez-Pantaleon
President’s Achievement Award
Majors: Biology; American Ethnic Studies
Minor: Diversity

I hope to work with AmeriCorps and participate in outreach events directed at reducing health inequities in underserved populations. I then plan to attend medical school. My ultimate goal is to become a physician who serves and addresses the factors that affect the lives of underserved communities.


Asia Tamaami

Asia Tamaami
Wells Fargo Vice President’s Achievement Award
Majors: American Ethnic Studies; Education, Communities & Organizations
Minor: Human Rights

I hope to travel abroad and teach English before attending law school and obtaining my juris doctorate degree. Ultimately, my goal is to pursue a career as a public interest lawyer. By fighting for human rights, I seek to challenge how racism operates in our institutions.


Amber Torell

Amber Torell
Friends of the Educational Opportunity Program Legacy Scholar
Major: Law, Societies & Justice
Minor: Human Rights

My goal is to pursue an advanced degree in international policy and development or focus on human rights law while pursuing a law degree. One of the career options I’m exploring is working as an immigration lawyer. I also want to ensure that girls around the world have equal access to education, in whatever way I can.


Caleb Yates

Caleb Yates
Robert T. and Nancy J. Knight Scholar
Majors: Astronomy; Applied Physics
Minor: American Indian Studies

I hope to pursue a master’s degree in astronomy or physics. My career plan is to work for a private space company like SpaceX, Blue Origins or Virgin Galactic to build a spaceship that has artificial gravity and a magnetic field strong enough to withstand and deflect solar wind.