2018 Scholarship Runner Up Winners

We are Pleased to Announce the Runner Up Winners of the Attorney Rick Merrill Dream Scholarship for 2018...

The Attorney Rick Merrill Dream Scholarship was started in order to help support the dreams of a current high school or college student looking to make a difference through the pursuit of their passion. 

We had many qualified applicants and after significant deliberation we have chosen to award these runner up scholarships to these amazing applicants.

Congratulations to our all of our winners!

The highlights of their winning applications are below... 

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We are ecstatic to support Hannah Hitterdal with her dream-Criminal Justice and Sociology

I have a passion to change the correctional facilities to help inmates. This is so important to me because I believe that everyone deserves a second chance.  Everyone has messed up, big or small we all make mistakes. 

Giving the inmates an education, a highschool diploma or a higher education degree, is an effective way of setting them up on the right foot.
Animal Therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective ways of rehabilitating inmates.    It helps them learn social connections, love and loss.  In the eyes of the animal, the inmate did nothing wrong and it will give the inmate unconditional love.  They train animals for many purposes and give them back to the community they hurt.  

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We are ecstatic to support Nora Dennelly with her dream- Harpest

 Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of playing the harp. After taking a few lessons, I fell in love with the instrument and there was no turning back.

I am pursuing my dream not only because it is what I love, but because I want my music teachers to see their student accomplish what they have helped me to achieve.

 I plan to attend Western Washington University in the Fall of 2018 where I will study under Jill Whitman and major in Music Performance on the harp.

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We are ecstatic to support Corrine Booth with her dream- Choir Teacher

My parents always tell me about when I was just about ten months old I’d hit a key on my little toy piano and would hum the note on pitch.  Many of my friends tease me saying that I’m “a walking musical” because I’m always singing or playing my piano or ukulele.

Nursing homes have always had a special place in my heart so at the end of every month, we go sing for them. Nothing makes me smile more than when an elder grabs my hand after performing and tells me how thankful they are.  Using my talents to brighten someone’s day brings me so much joy.

My dream is to go to college for the music education program to be a choir director. My choir director, Karen Westerfield, has inspired me to pursue this career and I hope to be half the teacher she is.

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We are ecstatic to support Ruth Culbertson with her dream- Music Teacher

 A twist on the life of a piano teacher: Sometimes students like to play tricks! ☺ 
My dream after college is to become a music teacher. I have a passion for music as well as for working with youth.
 Working with kids can be very rewarding and provides many fun moments that shape students’ lives in a positive and exciting way! This is just one of many examples! 

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We are ecstatic to support Emma Raker with her dream- Music Teacher

There is so much conflict, debate, and prejudice that is in the world and I firmly believe that music is the change.  As a Music Teacher, I want to make a lasting impact in my future student’s lives.

 I hope to inspire them to make the world a better place, while educating them on musicianship and the values that I have been taught through my music teachers

Dreams do come true and I cannot wait for those dreams to happen.

My ultimate goal is to take a group of students to play at Carnegie Hall, just as I had the opportunity to because playing there greatly fostered my passion of music. The immense responsibility of taking the stage was almost unbelievable, as I could feel the presence of all who have played there before - their passion and the love of music that I share with them. 

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We are ecstatic to support Kayla Sprague with her dream- Computer Science and Software Engineering

I stared at my dad’s computer monitor, an unplugged computer keyboard in my reach. From toddler to adulthood, video games have given me the opportunity to be an adventurer fueled by curiosity and the desire to learn.  I have carried that into reality.

I have embarked on my path with an insatiable fascination with machine learning, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality to motivate me.

As a first-generation student raised in a low-income family, I knew that my financial circumstance would be an obstacle.  

But if video games have taught me anything, it is that where there is a will, there is a way.  I am fortunate enough to have learned that in a high chair.

Congratulations again to all of our winners! 

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Image Credit:  Hannah Hitterdal, Nora Dennelly, Corrine Booth, Ruth Culbertson, Emma Raker, Kayla Sprague.