Act Six Tacoma-Seattle

Calling Diverse Emerging Leaders Who Love Their City

Tacoma-Seattle's only full-tuition, full-need scholarship, Act Six brings together diverse, multicultural cadres of young people who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities.

This year, Act Six will award 30 of Tacoma-Seattle’s most promising urban leaders full scholarships worth up to $245,000 at five partner colleges

Discover How the Program Works

Act Six is a proven model for college success and community leadership. Learn more about the four-step process we use to find and equip diverse, transformative community leaders.

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Start Your Application

Check your eligibility, see requirements and timeline, and start your app today. Once you get started, we'll send tips and reminders to help you finish by the November 30 deadline.

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Connect Students to a Life-Changing Opportunity

Know a student or group of students who are hungry to lead and will make the most of a full scholarship? Schedule a presentation or nominate a student.

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Who We're Looking For

Every year Act Six recruits diverse, multicultural cadres of Tacoma-Seattle’s most promising emerging urban leaders. We look for young people who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home.

Act Six scholars must be:
  • committed to anti-racism and compelled to work for justice and equity,
  • passionate about learning,
  • eager to foster intercultural relationships,
  • willing to step out of their comfort zones,
  • committed to serving those around them, and
  • ready to make a difference on campus and at home.

The selection process also places high value on applicants’ teamwork, critical thinking, communication skills and academic potential.

Meet the Tacoma-Seattle Selection Committees

The Act Six Community Selection Committees represent diverse and talented teams of community leaders who work with young people from across our region and from a wide range of backgrounds as well as those working to increase college access in our state. The committees represent the kind of diverse cadre of talented leaders that they are working to select. Members of the selection committee are listed below.

  • Alan Alvarez, Senior Portfolio Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Anand Yadav, Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Andrea Bess, Quality Improvement Specialist, Sisters of Providence  (Act Six Parent)
  • Andrew Whitney, Career Programs Tacoma Site Director, Degrees of Change
  • Antonia Aukusintino, MDC  (Act Six Graduate)
  • Arturo Lucatero, Identity Program Manager, Microsoft  (Act Six Graduate)
  • Bill Hanawalt, Development Director, Degrees of Change
  • Hanna Kim, Junior Research Associates, Halualani & Associates Inc.
  • Hannah Wilson, Outreach Coordinator, Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities
  • Ilona Trofimovich, Teacher, Bellevue School District  (Act Six Graduate)
  • June Siaosi, Completion Career Coordinator, Degrees of Change
  • Kanwal Yousuf, Research and Evaluation Associate, Degrees of Change
  • Kimberlie Hanes, Director of Training, Ezell’s Famous Chicken  (Act Six Graduate)
  • Lana Rocke, Registered Nurse, St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Liz Pachaud, Regional Sales Manager, Bellwether Coffee
  • Marquise Dixon, National Act Six Director, Degrees of Change
  • Mirsa Perez, Lead Teacher/Assistant, Natural Start Preschool
  • Quenessa Long, Legal Advocate, YMCA Pierce County  (Act Six Graduate)
  • Shelondra Harris, Document Specialist, Farmer and Betts, Inc  (Act Six Graduate)
  • Siniva Areta, Engineer, Sedron Technologies  (Act Six Graduate)
  • Naticcia McNamara, Program Associate, Degrees of Change  (Act Six Graduate)
  • Tono Sablan, Grants Manager, Degrees of Change (Act Six Graduate)
  • Traci Harrell, CEO, Made It Now
  • Trang Tran, Scholarships Program Officer, College Success Foundation
  • Vicky Murray, Social Worker, Muckleshoot Child and Family Services  (Act Six Graduate)
  • Wendy Martinez, Law Student, UW School of Law  (Act Six Graduate)
  • Zanovia Clark-Sevey, Teacher, Highline Public Schools  (Act Six Graduate)

Sound like you or a student you know?

Act Six Tacoma-Seattle by the Numbers


scholars selected
in 55 cadres since 2002,
with 221 graduates


students of color,
80% low-income, and
68% first-generation


graduate within 6 years,
8 points higher than all students at partner colleges


of graduates return to their
home communities,
where 70% volunteer

I have felt stretched and encouraged to grow to the fullest extent. There were times when I was forced to think outside of the box and at times this was difficult. But now, I thank the program for this. - Act Six Scholar

Take the Next Step Toward a
Life-Changing Opportunity

Apply Now Schedule a Presentation or Nominate a Student
The application deadline is NOW CLOSED