Act Six Yakima Valley

Calling Diverse Emerging Leaders Who Love Their Community

Yakima'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 11 of Yakima Valley’s most promising community leaders full scholarships worth up to $240,000 to two 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 a Student to a Life-Changing Opportunity

Know a student or group of students who are hungry to lead and could benefit from a full scholarship? Schedule a presentation or nominate a student.

Recruit Students

Who We're Looking For

Every year Act Six recruits diverse, multicultural cadres of Yakima Valley’s most promising emerging community 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 Yakima Valley 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.

  • Amber Ortiz Diaz , Yakima Valley Site Director, Degrees of Change
  • Cecilia Vizcaino de la Mora, Yakima Valley Program Assistant, Degrees of Change
  • Daisy Mendoza, President, Charter College – Yakima
  • Gabby Ramos, Education Specialist, Planned Parenthood
  • Kelsey McLeod, College Bound Regional Officer, Washington College Access Network
  • Sam Johnson, Vice President, Bank of the West – Yakima

Sound like you or a student you know?

Act Six Yakima by the Numbers


scholars selected
in 10 cadres since 2010,
with 43 graduates


students of color,
92% low-income, and
95% first-generation


graduate within 6 years


of graduates return to their
home communities,
where 63% 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