College News

June 12, 2012

By Staff

Jillian Nichols receives P.E.O. STAR scholarship

Jillian Nichols, a senior at Eastside Catholic High School, received a $2,500 P.E.O. STAR Scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year.

Nichols, the daughter of Jeff and Kay Nichols, of Issaquah, has been accepted to and will attend Marquette University, where she plans to study sociology and women’s studies.

The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship is based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and potential for future success.

Students receive scholarships

  • Jennifer Kelling, a senior at Skyline High School, recently received a Washington Mutual Alumni Scholarship. Kelling, the daughter of Chris and Camille Kelling, has been accepted to and will attend Washington State University, where she plans to study fashion merchandising beginning this fall.
  • The Washington Mutual Alumni Scholarship fund — started by a group of local philanthropists and community leaders who were executives at Washington Mutual — was formed to provide scholarship opportunities for college or college-bound dependents of former employees after Washington Mutual bank was acquired in 2008.
  • Stephen Okamoto, of Issaquah, was awarded a scholarship from the Kern Center for Vocational Ministry at Azusa Pacific University, in Azusa, Calif. The scholarship is for students interested in serving in full-time pastoral ministry who are studying biblical studies, Christian ministries, theology or youth ministry. Okamoto is one of 15 students selected to receive this scholarship for the 2012-13 school year.

Students graduate from college

Rachel Policar, a graduate of Skyline High School, received her master’s of classical voice degree May 11 from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Policar plans to reside in New York City and pursue a career as a professional singer.

Shawn Bomgardner, of Issaquah, was among the record number of graduates awarded master’s and doctorate of physical therapy degrees by The University of Scranton at its post-baccalaureate commencement May 26 in Scranton, Penn.

Bomgardner received a Master of Business Administration in general business from the Jesuit university’s College of Graduate and Continuing Education.

Shay Plunk earns EWU’s Frances B. Huston award

Shay Plunk, of Issaquah, is one of 20 students who will graduate from Eastern Washington University this spring to be awarded the Frances B. Huston Award, the most prestigious award given to a student by Eastern.

The award is given to graduating seniors for academic excellence and outstanding leadership qualities demonstrated at Eastern or in the community. Students must be nominated for the award by a faculty member and selected by the dean of his or her college.

Plunk, the daughter of L.D. Plunk and Shari Davison-Plunk, of Plano, Texas, is a 2005 Issaquah High School graduate. At Eastern, she has been on the dean’s list every quarter and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

She also volunteered as a mentor and tutor to elementary school students with academic, social, emotional and behavioral problems, and has volunteered in a preschool for children with moderate-severe developmental delays and disabilities.

Plunk, the first in her family to graduate from college, will graduate summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has been accepted to the University of Washington’s School of Psychology Education Specialist program for September.

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