Students Win Windermere Foundation Scholarships

May  7, 2012

Two LWIT students, Alison Baird of Everett and Sara Marie Qualls of Fall City, recently received $1,000 scholarships from local Windermere Real Estate agents' Windermere Foundation. Eleven Windermere offices around the Eastside pooled their foundation money to award 15 needs-based scholarships to Eastside students.

"Most of our scholarships went to high school seniors planning on attending college next year, but we were very moved by the compelling stories of the Lake Washington students," said Lynn Sanborn, Managing Broker for Windermere Real Estate in Redmond. "We are grateful we were able to provide them with support for their education."

LWIT Multimedia Design and Production (MMDP) Baird, a single mom, completed the last two quarters of her Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in preparation for her application to the Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design (BTAD) program.

"I used to be a floral designer and lost my job when the economy took a turn," Baird said. "It's very difficult making ends meet while going to school and this scholarship is going to go a long way toward helping me complete my degree. I didn't think I had a chance, so I was really surprised when I won. I'd highly advise anyone to apply for as many scholarships as they can to help, even if you don't think you'll win. You really can."

Qualls, a mom of three, recently received her AAS MMDP and is in her first quarter of the BTAD program. She hopes to become a graphic designer.