Gonzaga Welcomes 8 New Act Six Scholars

Gonzaga heartily welcomes the eight new Act Six Scholars in the Class of 2023.

March 12, 2019
Gonzaga News Service

SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga University will welcome eight new Act Six Scholars to the incoming class of 2023. The urban and community leaders from Spokane, and the Tacoma-Seattle, Washington, area will receive full-tuition, full-need and four-year scholarships as members of the latest Act Six cohort.

Selected through a rigorous three-month competition, these diverse student leaders were chosen for their commitment to serving on campus and in their communities, their passion for learning, eagerness to foster intercultural relationships, and willingness to step out of their comfort zones.

A community celebration to recognize the new Act Six scholars from Spokane was held March 11 at Gonzaga Preparatory School. The celebration for new scholars from the Tacoma-Seattle area will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 12 at Urban Grace Church in Tacoma.

Following are this year’s Act Six recipients who will enroll at Gonzaga this fall:

Gonzaga University (Cadre 11)

Jocelin Garcia, Gonzaga Preparatory School (Spokane)
Diana Garcia Diaz, Tyee High School (SeaTac)
Jalen Johnson, Summit Public School-Sierra (Seattle)
Anisia Khammala, Franklin Pierce High School (Tacoma)
Tia Moua, John R. Rogers High School (Spokane)
Sierra Stinson, University High School (Spokane Valley)
Araya Zackery, Lincoln High School (Tacoma)
Joe Zuniga, Central Valley High School (Spokane Valley)

About Act Six

Act Six seeks to develop urban leaders to be agents of transformation on campus and in their home communities. Since the program’s inception, more than 800 ethnically diverse and mostly first-generation, low-income Act Six scholarship recipients from Tacoma, Seattle, Yakima and Spokane, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; Chicago; and Indianapolis, Indiana have enrolled at 13 private colleges and universities.

Act Six develops leaders through a simple but powerful, four-step strategy:

• Recruit and select diverse, multicultural cadres of the most promising urban and community student leaders.
• Train and prepare these groups of students in the year prior to college, equipping them to support each other, succeed academically and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation.
• Send and fund the cadres together to select colleges across Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Illinois, and Indiana on full-tuition, full-need scholarships.
• Support and inspire by providing strong campus support, ongoing leadership development and vocational connections to inspire scholars to serve their home communities.

Act Six alumni continue their leadership once they step foot into their communities. Eighty percent of Act Six scholars earn their bachelor’s degrees within six years, more than double the rate for low-income, first-generation students nationwide. Two-thirds of the program’s graduates are working or serving in their home communities.

Following this week’s celebrations, scholars begin an intensive six-month training program that involves weekly meetings with Act Six staff, retreats and campus visits.

For more information, contact Julie McCulloh, Gonzaga’s dean of admission, at (509) 313-6591. Learn more about Act Six online.