Our 2017 Scholars

Introducing Our 2017 Scholars!

2017 finalists
Emily Au (left) and Christine Lee (right)


From Mercer Island:


“I feel all children and young adults have the right to education and nutritious food.”
–Christine Lee

Christine Lee was born in Hawaii and is the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants from Indonesia.  She would like to major in public health or communications and focus on the education and nutrition of children from impoverished countries.  Christine helped establish a Reach Out and Read program at a local pediatric clinic, spent over 300 hours reading to sick children, tutored a second grader and was involved in distributing 10,000 books to diverse and underserved children.  She independently sold $1000 worth of her own bakery goods to help support and provide awareness of a local soup kitchen named Teen Feed.

From Rainier Beach High School:


“The idea of social activism and fighting for equity reflects Stanley Ann’s life work. Her beliefs and values continue to spread through the minds of active empowered young women like myself.” –Emily Au

An accomplished artist, International Baccalaureate or IB student, and athlete, Emily’s community activism started with her own sense of injustice when she couldn’t qualify for an Orca card to get free bus transportation to and from school because she lived too close. The cutoff was 2.5 miles away and she lived 2 miles away. With courage, persistence, and persuasive tactics like inviting the Mayor and a City Councilman to walk the 2 mile route with her, Emily and her cohorts eventually got the City of Seattle to extend the free cards to all students who qualify for free or reduced lunch in the district. She will be attending the UW this fall.