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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Mayor Gives Scholarships to Middle-School Unsung Heroes

2/18/2005  2:00:00 PM
Peter McGraw, (206) 615-0950

Mayor's Scholars Awards Now Available

Middle school students get chance at $500 for school or for the charity of their choice

SEATTLE - Although too often, stories written about young people are negative, Mayor Greg Nickels is going to give $500 scholarships to 20 middle schoolers who are the "unsung heroes" of their communities. They're sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders who have overcome obstacles or met challenges, given back to their communities, and kept their grades up.

"This is a great way for us to recognize the talents of Seattle's next generation of leaders," Nickels said. "Service to others is the foundation of a good community, and I'm glad to be able to help these young people with their education and service goals."

The scholarship contest is open to students who live in and attend middle school in Seattle. They are also required to write several short essays about how they contribute to their community and how they propose to use a $500 cash award, which can be used for education or given to charity. Grades and recommendations from adults familiar with the student's service work are also factors in the awards.

Applications are now available through Seattle Public Schools' middle and K-8 schools, Neighborhood Service Centers, community centers, branch libraries, and other neighborhood organizations. You can also get an application by calling the Office for Education at (206) 233-5118 or downloading it from The application deadline is Monday, March 11th.

Mayor Nickels will present the awards, along with a Mayor's Scholar letterman's jacket, at a reception at City Hall on May 16th. Two of the Mayor's Scholars will receive additional scholarships of approximately $2,300 for study at a four-year college or public community/technical college, awarded by the Ginger and Barry Ackerley Foundation. A $1,000 scholarship will also be given to a Native American student, in honor of Leighton Hilbert, the artist who carved the Chief Seattle/city seal sculpture on the wall of the Norman B. Rice Room, on the 7th floor of City Hall.

The awards are coordinated by the City's Office for Education, a division of the Department of Neighborhoods, and funded entirely through private donations to the nonprofit Alliance for Education.

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