Getting Our Act Six Together
Fourth cadre selected for Act Six scholarships
Nine new student leaders from throughout the Yakima Valley were selected to receive full-tuition scholarships to Heritage University as part of the Act Six initiative. The students will enter the university this fall semester. They are the fourth Act Six cadre to come to Heritage.
The scholarship recipients include: Kayli Berk, Bickleton High School; Thalia Borja, Sunnyside High School; Cassandra Garcia, Eisenhower High School; Jeremy Garcia, Yakama Nation Tribal School; Atzimba Martinez, Davis High School; Jesus Mendez, Davis Senior High School; Emiliano Orozco, Toppenish High School; José Ortiz-Garcia, Davis High School; and Irene Paz, West Valley High School.
The nine stood out from more than 100 applicants who participated in the grueling selection process, which included several rounds of interviews. Each was chosen for his or her distinctive leadership, academic potential and commitment to making a difference in his or her community.
“The goal of offering the scholarships is to harness the brainpower and nurture the leadership skills of young people from all parts of the Yakima Valley,” says Act Six Yakima Valley Director Delinda Higgins.
Many of the students chosen as Act Six scholars will become the first in their families to seek higher education. Now they have a chance to pursue their goals and give back to their neighborhoods.
“I’m going to be the first in my family to go to college, and I have five younger siblings. I hope I inspire them to go to college as well,” said Berk.
The latest Act Six recipients will join 36 other Act Six scholars already attending Heritage. Retention rates for Act Six scholars rank far above national averages. The first Act Six cadre of students at Heritage started in 2011, and three years later, 100% of the scholars in three cadres are still enrolled.