July 19, 2024 3:34 pm

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Workforce Board awards $1.6 million in WAVE scholarships

OLYMPIA—Some 121 high school seniors and community and technical college students have been awarded the 2024 Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) scholarship.

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WAVE is a merit scholarship that honors the achievements of Washington’s top career and technical education students. Below are the 16 student winners from Snohomish County schools:

  • Ally Clinkenbeard
    Monroe High School
    Arts, A/V Technology and Communications
  • Anika Hart
    Lake Stevens Senior High School
    Arts, A/V Technology and Communications
  • Callum Russell
    Stanwood High School
    Engineering and Technology
  • Dakota Bendigo
    Stanwood High School
    Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Dannika Burke
    Edmonds-Woodway High School
    Architecture and Construction
  • Hannah Wells
    Snohomish Senior High School
    Business Management and Administration
  • Isabell Kelsey
    Marysville Pilchuck High School
    Marketing
  • Jesus Guasch-Pereira
    Mountlake Terrace High School
    Human Services
  • Kien Ba Trung
    Mountlake Terrace High School
    Engineering and Technology
  • Phillip Patzer
    Everett Community College
    Manufacturing
  • Preston Campbell
    North Creek High School
    Information Technology
  • Selina Ng
    Meadowdale High School
    Business Management and Administration
  • Sienna Dilling
    Snohomish Senior High School
    Marketing
  • Tadgh Wieber
    Homeschooled; Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center
    Architecture and Construction
  • William Fox
    Lake Stevens Senior High School
    Information Technology
  • Katelyn Anderson
    Marysville Getchell High School
    Manufacturing

A committee of business, labor and education leaders selected winners through a highly competitive process. This year’s award pays up to $6,768 per year, for up to two years, or about $13,536 total. Awards vary depending on tuition at the college attended by scholarship recipients, and other factors.

Many awardees are focused on careers that face ongoing labor shortages, including nursing, advanced manufacturing, education, information technology and more.

“The Washington Award for Vocational Excellence is a great investment for our state,” Workforce Board Co-Chair Gary Chandler says. “This scholarship helps students access good jobs and helps employers by adding more skilled workers to the workforce.”

“WAVE creates new opportunities for Washington students studying a variety of professions and skilled trades,” Workforce Board Co-Chair Larry Brown says. “These jobs are crucial for our state’s future success.”

Chandler and Brown also thanked Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington Legislature for adding an additional $500,000 to this year’s scholarship fund. Scholarships total $1,638,000 this year.

A list of this year’s winners is located here

Additionally, this year’s winners represent:

  • 86 graduating high school seniors
  • 35 community and technical college students
  • 47 legislative districts
  • 22 Washington counties
  • 69 high schools
  • 20 community and technical colleges
  • Rural, urban and suburban communities

WAVE helps undergraduate students pay for tuition and other costs at Washington colleges, universities and private career schools. Career and technical education students from Washington high schools and public community and technical colleges are eligible to apply. The program is funded by the Washington Legislature.

The scholarship is administered by Washington’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. The Washington Student Achievement Council manages distribution of the WAVE scholarship.


SOURCE: Washington’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

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