Meet Our Scholars

2016 Scholars

Holly Waggoner, Maya Soetoro-Ng, Rose Guttman

Holly Waggoner, 2016 Scholar

I am driven to explore opportunities to further girls’ education and to create a world where this is not a privilege, but a right.

High School Volunteer Work:

  • Volunteer, PETRI (Philanthropy, Education, Teaching, Research and Involvement), which provides secondary school scholarships to girls in Taita Taveta County in Kenya
  • SafeRides officer, Mercer Island (provides designated drivers)
  • Head of Sponsorship, Relay for Life Committee MIHS (raises funds for cancer research and awareness)
  • Member, Senior Service Club, MIHS (organizes volunteers at school-related events)

Update: Freshman, Santa Clara University

Rose Guttman, 2016 Scholar

I’ve seen how I  can make a positive impact at  my job and with other students in my classes. I strive to broaden that impact on our society, country and the whole world.

High School Volunteer Work:

  • Volunteer, local hospital, Antigua, Guatemala, Global Visionaries
  • Volunteer, King Country vegetable farm
  • Volunteer, Mercer Island VOICE (Volunteer Outreach in Communities Everywhere)

Update: Freshman, University of Washington

2015 Scholars

Naomi Moore and Adrienne Suhm

Naomi Moore, 2015 Scholar

Talk to people around you. Be open and be willing to have an informed opinion…keep in mind that discussing is different than arguing; real progress comes from being open to other views.

High School Volunteer Work:

  • Member, Teen Advisory Council, Mercer Island Library: creator and moderator, of community discussions of social justice issues
  • Co-founder, MIHS Amnesty International Club

Update: Sophomore, Seattle Central Community College, with a concentration in social work; member of the SADSF Board

Adrienne Suhm, 2015 Scholar

Thank you again for bringing me deeper into the world of microfinance and anthropology through this amazing scholarship!

High School Volunteer Work:

  • Chief Operating Officer, Mercer Trade Inc., a corporation operated by the students of the International Entrepreneurship class: oversaw the buying and selling of goods produced by family-owned businesses in developing countries and donated the profits to Seattle-based charities
  • Chapter President, DECA
  • Member, Senior Service Club, MIHS

Update: Sophomore, University of Southern California, major is World Bachelor in Business; spent her sophomore year at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and will spend her junior year at the University of Bocconi in Milan

2014 Scholars

Ellena Jones and Rachel Gallagher

Ellena Jones, 2014 Scholar

The Stanley Ann Dunham scholarship has enabled me to take time off from my work/study job to focus on academics during my first semester of college. It will also allow me to continue my volunteer work in Seattle working with young people in transition from foster care.

High School Volunteer Work:

  • Tutor, Seattle Music Partners
  • Volunteer, Mercer Island Youth and Family Services

Update: Junior, University of Washington, majoring in social work; intern at Fosterclub INC and co-director of International Foster Care Alliance

Rachel Gallagher, 2014 Scholar

I will emulate Stanley Ann by dedicating myself to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by autism.

High School Volunteer Work:

  • Founder, Friendship Circle for Special Needs Students, MIHS
  • Intern, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, autism study

Update: Junior, Carleton College

Sarah Bahn, Maya Soetoro-Ng and Hannah Frisch
Sarah Bahn, Maya Soetoro-Ng and Hannah Frisch

2013 Scholars

Sarah Bahn, 2013 Scholar

Given the choice between hope and cynicism, action and resignation, I do not see a choice. There is work to be done. I have something to give that no one else can, and that is me.

High School Volunteer Work:

  • Member, Youth Board, Childhaven, Seattle nonprofit for abused and neglected children
  • Tutor, Beacon Hill International School, a Title 1 school in Seattle
  • Volunteer, Hammond House, a homeless shelter for women

Update: Senior, Tufts University majoring in Peace and Justice Studies; spent fall semester, junior in Amsterdam studying policy. The following summer (2016) she was a Knowledge Services Fellow at the Foundation Center in New York, implementing a social-media campaign to promote the launch of  

Hannah Frisch, 2013 Scholar

Though I have a much different lifestyle than people I work with, we share innate human characteristics that ultimately connect us all.

High School Volunteer Work:

  • Volunteer, soup kitchen at Operation Nightwatch in Seattle
  • Volunteer, homeless shelter work at Surviving the Streets
  • Volunteer, Real Change, a newspaper that supports the homeless
  • Tutor, Seattle Music Partners

Update: Senior, University of Washington Honors program, double major in Political Science and History; spent junior year at University of Edinburgh, Scotland; spent sophomore year in the Czech Republic

2012 Scholar

Former Board Chair Dayna Cole, Suzanne Gaber, and Advisory Council Member Tony Nugent

Suzanne Gaber, MIHS 2012

It is my ultimate goal to work as a Middle East correspondent to ensure that the world does not forget the atrocities in human rights that have occurred around the globe.

High School Volunteer Work:

  • Tutor, Notet Bedaya, Cairo, Egypt which works with students in low-income communities
  • Tutor elementary and middle school students, Bellevue Library
  • Volunteer, Angeline’s Women Shelter in Seattle

Update: 2016 graduate of American University, with a major in International Relations; plans to become a foreign correspondent in the Middle East

2011 Scholar

Kyle Wunderlin

Kyle Kercher Wunderlin, 2011 Scholar

I am writing this update from the Haitian mountain town of Kenscoff, where I will be spending the next two weeks helping construct a community center and adjoining orphanage.

High School Volunteer Work:

  • Helped set up a school in Letho, Africa and worked with students on subsequent trips
  • Outreach Leader, Lake Union Crew

Update: 2015 graduate of the Urban Planning and Sustainable Development program, Huxley College of Western Washington University, minor in design and disaster risk reduction

2010 Scholars

2010 Applicants. Scholars in back row: Kristine Fu, 1st from left, Khia Johnson, 2nd from left, Emma Thompson, 2nd from right

Khia Johnson, MIHS 2010

To live cohesively alongside one another, despite all disagreements and differences…is the only place where peace can be born.

High School Volunteer Work:

  • Sponsored a young girl in Honduras through World Vision
  • Spent her junior year of high school in Chile

Update: 2014 graduate, University of Washington, linguistics major; currently earning master’s degree in linguistics, University of British Columbia

Kristine Fu, 2010 Scholar

High School Volunteer Work:

  • Volunteer, World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse fighting injustice and poverty
  • Volunteer, Tusubira, empowering women in Uganda through job education

Update: 2014 graduate, University of Pennsylvania, biology major; currently at School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Emma Thompson, 2010 Scholar

High School Volunteer Work:

  • Volunteer, Mercer Island Communities that Care
  • Volunteer, Old Firehouse Teen Center, City of Redmond
  • Organizer, benefit for a Thai orphanage