Students honored with scholarships at annual MLK banquet

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Three students from South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) were awarded scholarships on Saturday evening at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet.  

Photo of Virgil Clarkson, Michael Tubbs, and Barbara Clarkson.

Students Bryan Hooper and Alex Bledsoe were honored by the Thurston Group of Washington State for their academic success, community service, and extra-curricular activities that align with the values of the Thurston Group.  Student Francisco Tamayo, Jr. was awarded by Gateway Rotary Club for his service in diversity and inclusivity.

Hooper, a member of The President’s List and Phi Theta Kappa, plans to attend the Evergreen State College to pursue a future in psychology after SPSCC.  Bledsoe plans to continue his studies after SPSCC at the University of Washington – Tacoma and earn a degree in computer science.  The Thurston Group awarded each student with a $1,000 scholarship to support their educational goals and drive their futures.

Photo of Michael Tubbs speaking on stage to the audience.Tamayo, an active member of the Diversity & Equity Center at SPSCC, plans to be a leader in ethnic studies, education, and equity.  His plans include attending the Evergreen State College and then University of Washington for a master’s degree.  Tamayo was awarded a $1,500 scholarship by Gateway Rotary Club to help ensure he can continue to follow his academic plan and succeed.

The three students were awarded at annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet sponsored by SPSCC and the Thurston Group.  In addition to scholarship awards, the 325 banquet guests enjoyed various guest speakers, a keynote address by Artist & Lecture guest Michael Tubbs, choral music, a dinner prepared by Culinary Arts students, and more.

Bryan Hooper, Francisco Tamayo, Michael Tubbs, Charlie Ensminger & Alex Bledsoe