Gonzaga University will welcome eight new Act Six Scholars to the incoming class of 2022. The urban and community leaders from Spokane and the Tacoma-Seattle area will receive full-tuition, full-need, four-year scholarships as members of the latest Act Six cohort.
Selected through a rigorous three-month competition, these diverse student leaders were chosen for their commitment to serving on campus and in their communities, their passion for learning, eagerness to foster intercultural relationships, and willingness to step out of their comfort zones.
This year’s Act Six recipients who will enroll at Gonzaga this fall are:
Stephanie Assonken: Cheney High School (Cheney)
Mary Benjamin: Shadle Park High School (Spokane)
Tara Phung: Lewis and Clark High School (Spokane)
Marissa Ribeiro: Joel E. Ferris High School (Spokane)
Richard Boulay: Mount Tahoma High School (Tacoma)
Pedro Martinez: Auburn Mountainview High School (Auburn)
Ekua Monkah: Foster High School (Tukwila)
Samridhi Singh: Henry Foss High School (Tacoma)
Act Six seeks to develop urban leaders to be agents of transformation on campus and in their home communities. Since the program’s inception, more than 700 ethnically diverse and mostly first-generation, low-income Act Six scholarship recipients from Tacoma, Seattle, Yakima, and Spokane, Portland, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago, and Indianapolis, have enrolled at 13 private colleges and universities.
Act Six develops leaders through a simple but powerful, four-step strategy:
• Recruit and select diverse, multicultural cadres of the most promising urban and community student leaders
• Train and prepare these groups of students in the year prior to college, equipping them to support each other, succeed academically, and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation
• Send and fund the cadres together to select colleges across Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Illinois, and Indiana on full-tuition, full-need scholarships
• Support and inspire by providing strong campus support, ongoing leadership development and vocational connections to inspire scholars to serve their home communities.
Act Six alumni continue their leadership once they step foot into their communities. Eighty percent of Act Six scholars earn their bachelor’s degrees within six years, more than double the rate for low-income, first-generation students nationwide. Nearly two-thirds of the program’s graduates are working or serving in their home communities. Among alumni who have been out of college for three or more years, 31 percent have earned a postgraduate degree or credential.
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