The Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative announced today that 59 emerging urban and community leaders across the Puget Sound region, Portland, Spokane, and the Yakima Valley will receive full-tuition, full-need scholarships. Collectively, the awards will provide more than $8 million in financial aid over four years.
Selected through a rigorous three-month competition among more than 900 applicants, these diverse student leaders were selected for their distinctive leadership, academic potential, and commitment to making a difference in their communities.
WPC’s Cadre Five Act Six Scholars:
Sameya Amme, Jefferson High School
Eldy Davila, Tigard Senior High School
Alicia Grovom, Gresham Union High School
Lloyd Jones, Madison High School
Hana Kent, Roosevelt High School
Francisco Moreno-Campos, De La Salle North Catholic High School
Raymond Ontiveros, Tigard Senior High School
Aaleyah Patterson, Tigard Senior High School
Daisy Ulloa, Tigard Senior High School
Sofia Velasquez, Woodburn Arts & Community Academy
Act Six develops leaders through a simple, but powerful, four-step strategy:
- Recruit and select diverse, multicultural cadres of the Northwest’s most promising emerging urban and community 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 teams together to select private, liberal arts colleges in the Northwest on four year, full-tuition, full-need scholarships.
- Support and inspire by providing strong campus support and ongoing leadership development to nurture these young people as they find their vocation and grow into the next generation of community leaders.
To date, 90 percent of the 434 scholars who have started college have graduated or are still enrolled – reflecting graduation and retention rates that far exceed national averages. Four Act Six scholars have been elected as student-body presidents and scholars have been involved in numerous other leadership roles on campus and in the community.