APRIL 17, 2024 

The 2024 Tacoma Propeller Club Memorial Scholarship competition was held on April 17 at The Fabulich Center.  17 Pierce County public high schools participated.  The scholarship applicants were selected by their high school counselors and career guidance specialists.  Local businesses sponsoring students included:  Calbag Metals, Courtyard Marriott, Foss Maritime, Husky Terminal, ILWU Local 22, Jen & Chris Brown, Karina Martija-Harris, Northern Environmental, Orion Marine Contractors, Star Rentals, Tacoma Rail, TOTE Maritime Alaska, Transportation Institute, U. S. Oil, and Washington United Terminals.  An additional contribution was made by Aequalis Photography, and our Event Sponsor was Port of Tacoma.

 The scholarship was awarded to the student with the highest score computed by five judges for financial need, grade point average, community and school involvement, letter of recommendation, and a verbal presentation.  This year’s topic was, “For your career after graduation, if you could choose any job at or related to the Port of Tacoma, what would it be, why, and what kind of difference do you think you could make in that position?”.

 The 2024 recipient of the $4,000.00 Tacoma Propeller Club Memorial Scholarship award was Eleni Driscoll of Science and Math Institute.  A second-place award of $2,000.00 was presented to Justin Thomas of Rogers High School, and third place, with an award of $1,500.00, went to Sofia Mallette of Sumner High School.  $200.00 cash was awarded to the following scholarship participants:  Angel Arteaga of Bethel High School, Fenet Guyassa of Bonney Lake High School, Dylan Norman of Eatonville High School, Will Alger of Fife High School, Cassius Via of Gig Harbor High School, Jane Schmeil of Graham-Kapowsin High School, Emma Whiting of School of Industrial Design, Engineering and Art, Madisen Mirkovich of Mount Tahoma High School, Davin Young of Peninsula High School, Reagan Jones of Puyallup High School, Olivia Chavez of Tacoma School of the Arts, Landon Koltes of Silas High School, Samuel Hung of Stadium High School, and Lena Bishop of White River High School.

The total scholarship award for 2024 was $10,300, with a 31year total of over $230,000 in cash and merchandise.

 Management of the Tacoma Propeller Club Memorial Scholarship is overseen by the “Past Presidents’ Club” of the International Propeller Club – Port of Tacoma chapter.  The Scholarship Committee consists of:  Candy Nigretto, Terry Velasco, and Karina Martija-Harris.  Special thanks to Rod Koon for being our emcee for the day.

 The Tacoma Propeller Club Memorial Scholarship Fund is supported by contributions from the Tacoma Propeller Club, its members, local businesses, labor, memorials, private donations, and local charities and foundations.  Donations may be made to:  Tacoma Propeller Club Memorial Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 453, Tacoma, WA, 98401.