Foundation announces 63% increase in scholarship awards

  • Published Thursday, September 22, 2016

Published Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

For Immediate Release

RTC Foundation increases fall 2016 scholarships by 63 percent

Renton, Wash. – The Renton Technical College Foundation (RTCF) announced today a 63 percent increase in the number of students awarded scholarships for the 2016 fall quarter. “This is our best scholarship cycle to-date at the foundation,” said Stan Kawamoto, RTCF board president, “That means 61 students are starting fall quarter with the resources they need to achieve their education goals and stay on track with their career training.”

The 61 scholarship recipients represent 24 RTC programs and come from 18 cities from across the region. “Businesses and community leaders recognize the value of career training and the quality of education that RTC is providing a diverse student population and they are stepping up to make investments in these students,” said Kawamoto. “According to the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, by 2023, 77 percent of all job opening in Washington will require at least some education beyond high school. Most of those openings will be middle-skill jobs and those students will get their training at community and technical colleges like RTC.”

The RTC Foundation awards scholarships during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Recipients are chosen based on their academic merit, financial need, demonstrated leadership abilities and compelling personal story. Applications for winter scholarships open online beginning Oct. 3. Contact the RTC Foundation office at for more information.

The fall 2016 scholarship recipients are as follows:

The Board of Trustees Scholarship

Lisa White, Renton, Wash. – Registered Nurse, $1,000

The Boeing Company Scholarship

$500 each to the following students:

Kristi Fox, Maple Valley, Wash. – Accounting Specialist

Peter Mbatia, Federal Way, Wash., – Computer Science

Kevin Mitchell, Auburn, Wash. – Computer Network Technology

Mohammad Safi, Renton, Wash. – Computer Science

Polina Vargot, Renton, Wash. – Computer Science

Candice Nye, Bonney Lake, Wash. – Computer Science

Michael Woods, Maple Valley, Wash. – Engineering Design Technology

Commercial Building Engineering (CBE) Scholarship

Akeel Bin-Bellah, Pacific, Wash., $500

Culinary Arts Scholarship

Sara Abbott, Auburn, Wash., $350

Pratiya Rattanasone, Auburn, Wash., $350

Early Childhood Careers Scholarship

Doris Fuentes, Auburn, Wash., $500

Maria Sandoval, Renton, Wash., $500  

Future District 751 Machinists & Aerospace Workers Scholarship

Tanu Tuong, Seattle, Wash., $500 – Precision Machining Technology

Roman Vivarelli, Burien, Wash., $500 – Precision Machining Technology

The Grainger Foundation Scholarship

Barry Sheppard, Kent, Wash., $500 – Band Instrument Repair Technology

Ian Smith, Orting, Wash., $500 – Welding

Leona Hickman Educational Trust Scholarship

Aaron Barnett, Seattle, Wash., $1,000 – Engineering Design Technology

M.A.R.T. Scholarship

Kenneth Olujobi, Federal Way, Wash., $200 – Refrigeration Technology

The O.J. Harper Memorial Scholarship

Tanu Tuong, Seattle, Wash., $500 – Precision Machining Technology

Roman Vivarelli, Burien, Wash., $500 – Precision Machining Technology

The Robert Burke Memorial Scholarship

Karen Langlois, Renton, Wash., $800 – Computer Applications

The Robert C. Roberts Scholarship

Ivy Carslay, Covington, Wash., $500 – Associate in Pre-Nursing

The Ronald B. Fahey Memorial Scholarship

Dleon Pate, Seattle, Wash., $500 – Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair

Jacob Schreven, Renton, Wash., $500 – Automotive Technology

Rottler Manufacturing Scholarship

$500 to $1,500

Julio Eguiza, Kent, Wash. – Precision Machining

Michael Ehlen, Puyallup, Wash. – Precision Machining

Elijah Hall, Kent, Wash. – Precision Machining

Peter Nguyen, Renton, Wash. – Precision Machining

Geronimo Perez IV, Des Moines, Wash. – Precision Machining

Sinh Troung, Seattle, Wash. – Precision Machining

RTC Foundation Scholarship

$500 to $1,000

Colette Ammon, Federal Way, Wash. – Legal Assistant

Katia Anderson, Bonney Lake, Wash. – Dental Assistant

Debbie Butcher, Renton, Wash. – Computer Applications

Sung Chang, Renton, Wash. – Registered Nurse

Kyli Elza, Seattle, Wash. – Registered Nurse

Vanessa Graves – McLeod, Woodinville, Wash. – Registered Nurse

Marina Gutan, Renton, Wash. – Registered Nurse

Annalise Heverly, Bellevue, Wash. – Registered Nurse

Lakeisha Holmes, Kent, Wash. – Medical Coding Specialist

Brailynn Kalilikane, Renton, Wash. –Medical Coding Specialist

Brittney Kelly-Stowe, Tacoma, Wash. – Registered Nurse

Yulia Kholodyuk, Auburn, Wash. – Registered Nurse

Brandy Lamberson, Bonney Lake, Wash. – Early Childhood Careers

Charles Lee, Renton, Wash. – Computer Science

Avery McGinnis, Kent, Wash. – Registered Nurse

Candice Nye, Bonney Lake, Wash. – Computer Science

Jerome Pernell, Seattle, Wash. – Welding

Kelli Pitchford, Renton, Wash. – Ophthalmic Assistant

Eleanore Saechao, Seattle, Wash. – Computer Network Technology

Tanu Seth, Renton, Wash. – Early Childhood Careers

James Taupula, Renton, Wash. – Welding

Justin Tolleson, Renton, Wash. – Associate of Business

Vlod Volodkov, Pacific, Wash. – Computer Science

The Steve Hanson Student Leadership Scholarship

$500 - $1,000

Nochtal Balzer, Renton, Wash. – Computer Science

Sarra Ghezzaz, Renton, Wash. – Dental Assistant

Carl Harris, Renton, Wash. – Surgical Technologist

Michael Woods, Maple Valley, Wash. – Engineering Design Technology

Unico Properties Scholarship

Nabeel Alshakerchi, Renton, Wash., $500 – Commercial Building Engineering

Kevin Fulgencio, SeaTac, Wash., $500 – Commercial Building Engineering

Dean Thompson, Bellevue, Wash., $500 – Commercial Building Engineering

Vern Gambriell Scholarship

Mazin Alrawe, Redmond, Wash., $500 – Commercial Building Engineering

ChengCheng Lu, Renton, Wash., $500 – Engineering Design Technology

Christian Taylor, Renton, Wash., $500 – Commercial Building

Ekaterina Zvereva, Renton, Wash., $500 – Construction Management

Founded in 1993, the RTC Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the lives of RTC students by supporting career training, educational advancement and program success at Renton Technical College. The Foundation has established many different funds to support student needs. These scholarships are funded by RTC supporters who want to give every RTC student the chance to succeed.

For more information on how to support student scholarships, contact the Foundation at (425) 235-7867 or



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