Three students who attend the Evergreen State College in Olympia will be honored on Tuesday, August 26, during a ceremony before the Seattle Mariners game against the Texas Rangers (7:10pm start). The students are recipients of the annual Jackie Robinson Memorial Scholarship from the Evergreen State College Foundation.
The Jackie Robinson Scholarship was established in 1987. It is a collaboration between The Evergreen State College and Seattle Central Community College, an educational partner whose students often transfer to Evergreen to complete their baccalaureate degrees. The scholarship honors Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League Baseball.
This year's recipients are Shalicia Mandere Butler of Federal Way, Justin Wilson of Lacey, and Bronson Purcell of Kapolei, Hawaii.
Mandere Butler, who is a senior this year, has the goal of one day founding a non-profit that educates people of color about their legal rights and provides referrals to services.
Wilson, a sophomore, is working toward a career in community outreach and counseling youth, veterans, people with disabilities, "anything with an emphasis on helping others in need."
Purcell, who hopes to participate in a study abroad program to learn more about his father's Maori heritage, plans to return to his native Hawaii and work with LGBTQ youth.
Evergreen College has awarded 51 Jackie Robinson scholarships since 1987 thanks to the generosity of former Evergreen professor Patrick Hill, who created the scholarship as a tribute to his parents, immigrants who never went to college but valued education. They were also great fans of Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers. The award recognizes students for their academic achievement and commitment to community involvement and social justice.