RTC student earns honors in Students Serving Washington Awards contest

  • Published Friday, April 28, 2017

RENTON, Wash. – Abdul Amath, an engineering design technology student at Renton Technical College (RTC), has won an honorable mention in the “Outstanding Service Award” category of the Students Serving Washington Awards contest.

He was selected for his work in creating a resource library for students at the Mercy Association, a small Islamic school in South Seattle. The library serves about 300 children and youth from minority and refugee communities.

“Noticing that our center did not have a space dedicated for a student library, Mr. Amath displayed his selflessness and put in his time, effort, and funding into creating a resource for minorities and underrepresented youth. When Mr. Amath was given a small space, he transformed it to a place any student would love to be,” said Maramy Mohamathno, a teacher at the Mercy Association.

Abdul is also part of the RTC student leadership team that envisioned, organized and stewarded the development of a new program at the college called the Cross-Cultural Dialogue Series. This series brings together students, staff and faculty to learn more and talk about topics that matter to our community. Abdul conceptualized and co-led a dialogue on islamophobia on Feb. 23.

Abdul was awarded $500 by Washington Campus Compact for his efforts. He will be formally recognized at this year’s Students Serving Washington Awards ceremony on April 28 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

The Students Serving Washington Awards (SSWA) is a program organized by Washington Campus Compact, which aims to recognize and reward the work of outstanding Washington higher education students who are engaged in addressing and solving critical ecological, economic, and social issues in our communities, nation, and world.

For more information contact:
Roberto Bonaccorso, Director of College Relations and Marketing
(425) 235-2356, rbonaccorso@rtc.edu