LAKEWOOD– Three Clover Park High School students and one Harrison Preparatory School student have been selected as Palmer Scholars. The scholarship provides each student up to $5,000 per year in financial support which is renewable for five years. In addition, the students attend college-readiness seminars, receive support from a mentor, connect to job and internship opportunities in Pierce County, interact with area leaders and receive ongoing support from Palmer Scholars staff.
The students are:
- Eli Gonzalez Perez, Clover Park High School
- India Owens, Clover Park High School
- Jose Pacio, Harrison Preparatory School
- Victoria Ann Tirado, Clover Park High School
A total of 28 students from South Sound high schools were selected as scholars this year.
“We are very excited to welcome these incredible young leaders into the Palmer Family, and even more excited to see the ways in which they will impact our community in the near future,” said Palmer Scholars program manager Jonathan Jackson.
Palmer Scholars identifies applicants who are talented young men and women of color from Pierce County who have a desire to receive a post-high school education but lack the financial support to do so. Applicants are selected based on grade-point average, test scores, involvement and character.
Palmer Scholars is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping minority students prepare for postsecondary education and develop skills for success in an evolving competitive environment. Since 1983 Palmer Scholars has helped hundreds of young men and women of color from Pierce County attend college through scholarships and a family-style mentoring program. There are currently 80 Palmer Scholars in the program attending colleges and universities throughout Washington and the U.S.