Foundation Gala to raise funds for college

By Nayyab Rai - Staff Reporter

The Highline Foundation`s annual Gala will be at SeaTac`s Cedarbrook Lodge.

The Gala is an opportunity for Highline supporters to socialize and raise money for scholarships. 

"This is the Foundation`s major fundraiser of the year and helps support student scholarships and emergency assistance," said Dr. Lisa Skari, vice president for Institutional Advancement and executive director of the Foundation.

The Foundation is a private, non-profit organization that exists to raise money to support college programs.  It features a board comprising various people from the college and the community.

First created in 2001, the Gala has raised funds to support hundreds of students in their academic endeavors. 

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception. Dinner will be at 7, followed by a live auction.

The event will be black-tie optional and complimentary valet parking will be available. There will be two student speakers, Isabella Anderson and Vanessa Primer, who will talk about how the Foundation has helped them with their journey through higher education. 

Mike Slater, the Foundation president and Jeff Wagnitz, the college president, will also speak at the gathering.

Examples of items that will be auctioned off are: a Seattle Sounders package, Seahawks tickets, Alaska Airlines tickets, weekend getaways, and dinners.

According to its website, the Foundation was first established in 1972 as a non-profit organization to raise funds in order to help Highline students. 

The Foundation reaches out to the community to solicit funds to help students with their needs.

Last year, the Foundation Gala netted  $127,500. This year, the is goal $160,000.

"We are optimistic that we will reach our goal," said Asha Bhaga, director of Development. 

Tickets can be purchased online at

Foundation scholarships open up for next year

Applications for Highline scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 are now open for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The scholarships, which will be provided by the Highline Foundation, are available to full-time Highline students, including incoming, transfer, international, and undocumented students.

Running Start students can apply only for scholarships for credits taken during the summer, or for quarters where they have an excess of 15 credits.

There are also grants available through the Foundation. When there is funding available, Student Emergency Support grants can be awarded to applicants in need.

These grants are in place to support student retention, success, and support, while at Highline.

Students who wish to apply should have access to unofficial transcripts, financial aid information, and their student identification number. 

Students should also be prepared to write an essay, which may vary depending on the scholarship.

To apply, visit The deadline is May 20 at 11:59 p.m.

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