Pollanz Promise Scholarships Awarded to Middle School Students

Pollanz Promise Scholarships Awarded to Middle School Students
Posted on 04/28/2017
Pollanz Promise Scholarships Awarded to Middle School StudentsPort Angeles, Wash. – Kiahlee Brown-Bondy and Emiliano Maldonado, Stevens Middle School eighth grade students, were awarded the promise of a $32,000 college scholarship – $8,000 per year for four years – by the family of Gladys Christopher Pollanz, providing they meet scholarship criteria and graduate from Port Angeles or Lincoln High Schools on time. 

Finalists for 2017, all from Stevens, are: Jaden Gadbaw, Ben Hollingsworth, Jason Kibe, Brianna Tiemersma, Treyton Walde, and Sol Wasankari.

Accompanying photo shows 2017 Promise Scholar recipient Emilano Maldonado and finalists. They are, left to right, Jason Kibe, Ben Hollingsworth, Maldonado,Brianna Tiemersma, Jaden Gadbaw, and Sol Wasankari. Not pictured: Promise Scholar recipient Kiahlee Brown-Bondy and finalist Treyton Walde.  

Photo Credit:  Port Angeles School District

The Pollanz Promise Scholarship was first awarded in 2005 by the family of Gladys Christopher Pollanz and is presented annually by the Pollanz family and the Port Angeles Education Foundation.  

“The eight finalists were nominated by their teachers and the students were then invited to submit an application for the Promise Scholarship,” said Tina Smith-O’Hara, Port Angeles School District communications and community relations coordinator. “All of the students went through an interview. It was a tough decision to choose just two. All were so deserving.”

“In fact, the Pollanz family members were so impressed,” Smith-O’Hara added, “they have awarded a $1,000 scholarship to each finalist, also to be awarded on successful completion of high school and meeting the same parameters.”

“On graduation from high school,” she explained, “the finalists will also have the opportunity to apply for a Pollanz Scholarship as a senior, so there’s another chance for them in four years.”

“Currently, there are nine Promise Scholars at Port Angeles High School,” Smith-O’Hara said. “We try to offer as much support as we can though the AmeriCorps Tutoring Center, high school counselors and mentors, but ultimately the responsibility is with the student to stay on track to get good grades and to stay involved in high school activities. They need to achieve a 3.0 grade point average throughout high school in order to receive the Promise Scholarship on graduation.”

Gladys Christopher Pollanz graduated from Port Angeles’ Roosevelt High School in 1923 as salutatorian of her class.  Pollanz worked as a legal secretary after the death of her father to help support the family rather than attend college.  She worked hard through the years, investing in the stock market.  When she died in 2003, Pollanz left one million dollars to establish a scholarship fund for high school graduates to attend a four-year college. Annually, the fund grants scholarships to Port Angeles High School graduates, as well as those graduates achieving the Pollanz Promise Scholarship.

For additional assistance, contact:

Tina Smith-O’Hara
Communications and Community Relations Coordinator
Port Angeles School District