2022 Pollanz Promise Scholarships Awarded

2022 Pollanz Promise Scholarships Awarded
Posted on 06/01/2022
2022 Pollanz Promise Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to Stevens Middle School eighth grade students Maya Garrison, Ruby Johnson, and Tallulah Meneely for being named the 2022 Pollanz Promise Scholars. These students are awarded the promise of a $40,000 college scholarship – $10,000 per year for four years – by the family of Gladys Christopher Pollanz, providing they meet scholarship criteria and graduate in four years from Port Angeles or Lincoln High Schools.

  • Maya Garrison
    Maya Garrison
  • Ruby Johnson
    Ruby Johnson
  • Tallulah Meneely
    Tallulah Meneely

This year’s Promise Scholar finalists, also Stevens eighth grade students, are Deven Acosta, Sophie Constant, Thomas Woods, and Evalyn Wyall. Each finalist will receive a $1,000 scholarship for meeting the same guidelines on graduation in 2026.

“The students were nominated to apply for the scholarship by their Stevens teachers,” Tina Smith, Promise Scholar coordinator, explained. “They were then invited to submit a scholarship application. All applicants participated in an interview and did a great job. It was a tough decision for the interview team.”

“The responsibility lies with the students to get good grades and to stay involved in high school activities,” Smith said. “They need to earn a cumulative 3.0-grade point average through high school to receive the Promise Scholarship or Finalist Scholarship on graduation.”

“Additionally,” Smith continued, “the finalists have the opportunity to apply for a Pollanz Scholarship as a senior, so there’s another opportunity for the finalists to receive a scholarship in four years.”

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. 

Gladys Christopher Pollanz graduated from Port Angeles’ Roosevelt High School in 1923 as salutatorian of her class.  She worked as a legal secretary after the death of her father to help support the family rather than attend college.  When she died in 2003, Pollanz left one million dollars to establish a scholarship fund for Port Angeles high school graduates to attend college.

Thank you to the Pollanz Family and the Promise Scholarship Coordination team for continuing Gladys’ mission to support youth and education in our community!