Excellence in Education Scholarship

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Cascadia Eye takes great joy each year in reaching out to our neighbors. In 2003, we started awarded yearly $1000 scholarships for high school seniors planning a future in the medical field. The Excellence in Education scholarship has been going strong ever since, giving us a chance to support our local students with an eye to the next generation.

We have been fortunate–starting in 2020 we were able to expand our scholarship, and now award three well-deserved students $1,000 each in the 1) Skagit Valley/N. Snohomish County, 2) Whatcom County, and 3) Coupeville/Oak Harbor/Island County areas. Students must also have a high GPA of 3.25 or higher, and a plan to study in any field/major at a university, college, or trade school.

We have been inspired by all the students passion, excellence and dedication to improving their local communities and think you will be too.

19th annual “Excellence in Education” scholarship winners:

Happy congratulations to Abigail, Emily and Ashley, the three winners of Cascadia Eye’s 19th Annual “Excellence in Education” scholarships. We are proud to support this next big step towards your life goals, and look forward to seeing what you do with your bright futures!

Emily F Scholarship Winner
Emily Flones, Skagit County

Emily Flones plans on attending the University of Washington to study Biology after receiving her Associates in Biology from Skagit Valley College this summer. She shared with us that she intends to study rare diseases. These rarity of these diseases often results in less attention and a lack of rigorous study, which, Emily shared with us from her personal experience, can be quite terrifying for those diagnosed with these diseases.

Emily explained that she “believes in the pursuit of scientific research — the answers and cures are out there, and I want to help discover them!”

Congratulations, Emily, we are excited to see what shadows of the unknown your passion and determination brighten!

Abigail S. Scholarship Winner
Abigail Sorenson, Whatcom County

Abigail Sorensen plans to attend Pacific University, studying the field of Physical Therapy. As a competitive athlete and outdoor recreational activities buff, she enjoys being active. After an injury in high school, she was introduced to the concept of physical therapy and found she enjoyed talking with her therapist, learning the exercises and becoming stronger, and ended up finding an interest in sports medicine.

In her words, “I like physical therapy because of the doctor-like aspects as well as the coaching and rehabilitation … science is suggesting even more that physical exercise has great benefits to not only physical health but also mental health.”

Congratulations, Abigail, we are rooting for you and hope to stay in touch as you reach for and attain your goals!

Ashey L. Scholarship Winner
Ashley Lynch, Coupeville/Oak Harbor/Island County

Ashley Lynch plans on studying Psychology at Gonzaga University. Her involvement in the Forefront Suicide Prevention program through the University of Washington shows a dedication to mental health that will make her an enormous asset to the field of psychology.

“As I became involved with the suicide prevention group, I also had the realization that I wanted to continue helping people throughout my life. I then made a goal for myself to earn a degree in psychology and become a therapist.” – Ashley Lynch

Congratulations, Ashley, we thank you for the work you have done and will do in this important pursuit!

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