The Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative has announced that 43 emerging urban leaders across the Puget Sound region and in Spokane will receive full-tuition, full-need scholarships for study beginning this fall. Eleven scholarships have been awarded for study at Northwest University in Kirkland, with others for study at Whitworth University, Pacific Lutheran University, Gonzaga University and Trinity Lutheran College. Collectively, the scholarships will provide nearly $5.5 million in financial aid over four years.
The newest Act Six scholars will be recognized in community celebrations in Spokane, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Lewis and Clark High School, and in Seattle at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Cleveland High School.
Launched in 2002 by the Northwest Leadership Foundation (NLF) in Tacoma, Act Six seeks to develop urban leaders to be agents of transformation on campus and in their home communities. Since the programs inception, six cadres of ethnically diverse and mostly first-generation, low-income Act Six scholars from urban Tacoma and Seattle have enrolled at Whitworth. PLU joined the initiative last year and the first cadre of scholars enrolled at PLU this fall. Todays announcement is the culmination of this years Act Six expansion that added three new partner colleges including Northwest University, a Spokane office, and a new track to a four-year degree.
Act Six develops leaders through a simple but powerful four-step strategy:
To date, 91 percent of the scholars in the first two cadres have graduated. Overall, 90% percent of the 67 scholars originally selected for the program have graduated or are still enrolled reflecting graduation and retention rates that far exceed national averages. Act Six scholars have been elected student-body presidents two of the past three years at Whitworth and have been involved in numerous other leadership roles on and off campus.
The Act Six program has brought to Whitworth an extraordinary group of students who have enriched our campus through their leadership and service, even as we have taught and mentored them, says Whitworth President Bill Robinson. The program requires big investments, but it also delivers big rewards. So, it would be irresponsible and morally unacceptable if we didnt explore ways to expand Act Six to other schools.
Our scholars are having a profound impact through their leadership on campus, and as they begin to graduate we look forward to their impact in the community, says Tim Herron, founder and national director of Act Six. This is what we envisioned when we launched Act Six and what we are now seeing replicated around the state and nation.
Nationally, Act Six affiliates also have been established at Crichton College in Memphis, Tenn., and George Fox University in Newberg, Ore.
The following is a list of this years Act Six recipients at Northwest University:
Northwest University (Cadre One)
Augustine Ajuogu, Chief Sealth High School
Nancy Atondo, Mount Tahoma High School
Romece Barnes, Bellarmine Preparatory School
Grace Brigham, Clover Park High School
Markese Brown, Bellarmine Preparatory School
Jalisa Harris, Bellarmine Preparatory School
Janita Harris, Bellarmine Preparatory School
Larisa Kotilevskaya, Wilson High School
Nicholas Nair, Foster High School
Elizabeth Perkins, West Seattle High School
Donisha Robertson, Mariner High School
Following the award celebrations, scholars will begin an intensive seven-month training program that involves weekly meetings with Act Six staff, retreats and campus visits. Northwest Universitys scholars are participating in the traditional Direct-Four Year Track and will enroll in fall 2009.
Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2009