Act Six Scholars Named for Fall Class
SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University will welcome eight new Act Six Scholars from the Spokane and Seattle-Tacoma areas as part of the incoming class of 2026.
Selected through a rigorous three-month competition, these urban and community leaders will receive full-tuition, full-need, four-year scholarships as members of the latest Act Six cohort.
The 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.
From Spokane-area high schools are: Sydney Abrahamson-Fernandez, Lakeside; Joyce Angi, Ferris; Mieri Kahsay, North Central; and Juliette Aguilar-Gomez, Central Valley.
From West Side high schools are: Andrea Galvin, Silas, Tacoma; Malik Goodrum, Franklin Pierce, Tacoma; Shay’den Howell, Tacoma Science and Math Institute; and Daija Tramble, Highline Big Picture, Burien.
These students now begin a training program that involves weekly meetings with Act Six staff, retreats, and campus visits.
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 1,200 ethnically diverse and mostly first-generation, low-income Act Six students from Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima, and Spokane, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; Minneapolis, Chicago, and Indianapolis have enrolled at 17 private colleges and universities.
Act Six develops leaders through a four-step strategy:
- Recruit and select diverse, multicultural cadres of the most-promising urban and community student leaders.
- Train and prepare these groups 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 them to serve their home communities.
Eighty-two percent of Act Six scholars earn their bachelor’s degrees within six years, nearly double the rate for low-income, first-generation students nationwide. More than two-thirds of the program’s graduates are working or serving back in their home communities.
Learn more about Act Six online at www.actsix.org.
Contact: Erin Hays, Director of Admission, Gonzaga University
(509) 313-6507 or firstname.lastname@example.org