Pollanz Promise Scholarships Awarded

Pollanz Promise Scholarships Awarded to Middle School Students
Posted on 05/21/2016
Promise Scholars 2016

Port Angeles, Wash. – Arianna Barr, Jacob Thrush and Korin Urtezuela, 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. For these three recipients, this means a June 2020 graduation date!

Finalists for 2016, all from Stevens, are: Autumn Baker, Emily Balser, Jordyn Ebalo, Robert Gill, Kenneth WesLee Laughman, Aiesha Mathis, Madilyn Roening and Tanner Walker.

Accompanying photo shows 2016 Promise Scholar recipients and finalists. They are, left to right, Kenneth WesLee Laughman, Jordyn Ebalo, Aiesha Mathis, Arianna Barr, Emily Balser, Madilyn Roening, Tanner Walker, Jacob Thrush, Korin Urtezuela, Robert Gill and Autumn Baker.

Photo Credit:  Port Angeles School District

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

“Students are nominated by their teachers and staff, submit an application, and then they go through an interview process,” said Tina Smith-O’Hara, Port Angeles School District communications and community relations coordinator. “The interview committee was very impressed by all eleven of this year’s applicants.  It was a tough decision to choose only three because all were so deserving.”

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

Gladys Christopher Pollanz graduated from Port Angeles’ Roosevelt High School in 1923 as salutatorian of her class.  The death of her father necessitated Gladys work as a legal secretary 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 more information, contact:

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