One of our favorite parts of our annual Stand Up & Cheer luncheon is the opportunity to connect our guests with our Scholars. We seat one Scholar at each table so guests can get to know a real Scholar who has benefited from Rev. Al Davis’ and Merle Palmer’s generosity and commitment to community. Though we can’t gather together this year to celebrate our Scholars, we want you to know what impact your gift will make. Your gift will support:
For $100, you will be supporting Amira (Lincoln ’21) in her Postsecondary Readiness Training. Amira is a part of our most recently admitted class of Scholars. $100 will provide Amira with supplies (and meals) while she participates over 100 hours of curriculum in which she will learn with her cohort about the many educational and career pathways available to her, the application process, interview skills, budgeting, self-advocacy, and navigating higher education as a student of color.
Nathan and Thai
For $250, we will make sure Nathan (Mt. Tahoma ’20) and Thai (Foss ’20) are in good hands with their mentors Josh and Tom. Your gift of $250 will provide training and support for two mentors. Our mentor training covers topics including trauma-informed care and cultural competency, to help ensure our mentors can better connect with and support their Scholar.
For $500, you will send Scholars like Ameyah (Clover Park ’19) off to their first year of college with a fully-stocked dorm room kit. While many may take the “dorm room shopping experience” for granted, we know setting our Scholars up with new bedding and school supplies can make a world of difference when it comes to feeling like they truly belong on campus.
For $1000, Richard (Lincoln ’17) won’t have to worry about the expensive textbooks he’ll have to buy in the coming school year. As he works towards his degree in Psychology, Richard needs all the help he can get. Once he graduates, Richard hopes to become a counselor.
For $5000, Isaiah (Lincoln ’17) won’t have to worry about taking additional loans out for his schooling. A full $5000 scholarship will help Isaiah progress through his aeronautics degree, allowing him to focus on his studies rather than having to worry about paying for his tuition and bills.
We will be posting more of our Scholars throughout the month of April. Be sure to stay tuned to our social media pages for more Scholar features! If you’d like to donate to support our Scholars, please go to palmerscholars.org.
This article was sponsored by Dukesbay Productions. Dukesbay Productions' mission is to promote independent theatre in Tacoma and provide a voice to artists of all ethnicities.