2017 Scholarship Recipients

As part of the overall NAACP “Call For Action In Education” (a call for action that seeks to guarantee that all students are provided an equal opportunity for a world-class education) it is the goal of the Treasure Valley branch to pursue and implement programs and plans that ultimately can be measured by the achievement of our students. It is not only our commitment, but our responsibility to see that every child who desires to continue their education is armed with the necessary tools to build a solid foundation so they may be able to realize their potential, their hopes and their dreams.

Given this goal, we are proud to present the Treasure Valley NAACP Back-to-School/Stay-in-School Scholarship Program for local high school seniors and local students attending college or university.

In 2017, we were able to offer a total of five scholarships for Treasure Valley students. These scholarships have been made possible by the generous contributions of our sponsors.

These high school seniors and college students were not only academically minded but outstanding citizens and positive influences and role models among young adults in their communities. Scholarship recipients are featured below and were formally presented with their scholarships on October October 28th, 2017 at our annual Freedom Fund Banquet.

If you are interested in the Treasure Valley NAACP Scholarship program, you simply need to complete the application form(s) and return on or by March 1 of each year. If you are interested in donating to the scholarship fund please follow this link.

 

Kristen Chisholm

Kristen Chisholm snip

Kristen is a 2016 graduate of Borah High School, where she earned a 3.9 GPA and where she was an honor student, AP Scholar and Sliver B Award winner and graduate of the Leadership Boise Academy.  Kristen is also a youth leader and very active in her church.  She in her second year at the College of Idaho, maintaining 3.6 GPA, studying Conservation Biology and minoring in History and Leadership. The Treasure Valley NAACP Scholarship Committee is honored to award Kristen with a $2,000 scholarship made possible with the support of our sponsors.

Isabella Lewis

Isabella Lewis

Isabella is a 2017 graduate of Capital High School, where she earned a 3.45 GPA. She was member of the National Society of High Scholar Scholars, was a Distinguished Team Scholastics Award winner from the Idaho High School Activities Association, and a varsity athlete participating in basketball, track and field, and rugby. Isabella has given back to the community and school by volunteering with the Special Olympics–Unified Team and was an organizing committee member of the DECA club, supporting the Make A Wish Foundation helping to raise over $6,000 to support young children battling cancer. Isabella is attend Lane Community College in Eugene, OR focusing on Criminal Justice. The Treasure Valley NAACP Scholarship Committee is proud to award Kristen with a $1,500 scholarship made possible with the support of our sponsors.

Zoe McNeal

Zoe McNeal

Zoe is a 2017 graduate of Timberline High School where she maintained 2.93 GPA, and is now attending The College of Western Idaho. Zoe is studying nursing, a field of study she has always expressed great interest in. While still in high school, Zoe enrolled in Boise States University’s Anatomy and Physiology course, and she is a certified by both the Red Cross and YMCA for first aid and lifeguarding. Her volunteer work includes The Ronald McDonald House, Rake Up Boise and a community yard cleanup in her neighborhood. The Treasure Valley NAACP Scholarship Committee is pleased to award Zoe with a $500 scholarship made possible with the support of our sponsors.

Yanira Saldana

Yarina Saldana

Is a 2017 graduate of Capital High School where she earned a 3.6 GPA and is attending the University of Idaho. Yanira plans to focus her studies on Economics and Marketing, following up with her work with DECA, a marketing association for high school students. Yanira was also the captain of the rugby team, member of the National Honor Society, top AP student. In addition to AP level courses, Yanira has prepared for her college studies by taking Marketing Economics, Marketing Lab, Marketing Research and Co-op Marketing. Yanira has already surpassed education goals in her family by graduating from high school, and she is well on her way to achieving the goal of graduating from college. The Treasure Valley NAACP Scholarship Committee is proud to award Yanira with a $1,000 scholarship made possible with the support of our sponsors.

Alexis Williams

Alexis Williams

Alexis is a 2017 graduate of Mountain View High School and is pursuing nursing degree, studying at The College of Western Idaho. Alexis was productive and giving of her time while in high school, having completed over 90 hours of community service hours, 235 hours as member of her church praise dance team, ‘God and I Dance’.  During her senior year, Alexis also completed another 320 hours of service, including 14 hours in the sports medicine area. Her extracurricular activities included Idaho Club Volleyball, Mountain View High School DECA (student entrepreneurial student organization). Alexis also volunteered with the “Miss Amazing” pageant, for special needs children, where she and the other volunteers raised funds to support the program. The Treasure Valley NAACP Scholarship Committee is pleased to award Alexis with a $500 scholarship made possible with the support of our sponsors.