A portion of the scholarship recipients at a reception in June. Courtesy the North Thurston Education Foundation.

The North Thurston Education Foundation has awarded $125,000 in scholarships to 38 graduating seniors from North Thurston Public Schools.

“The committee’s selection process was especially challenging this year due to the many quality applications we received,” said Cathy Callahan, chair of the selection committee. “We are pleased and proud to be able to award scholarships to 38 of these deserving student. It is exciting to help these students begin their post-high school educations.”

Recipients of the scholarships — which range in value from $2,000 to $12,000 — were selected on the basis of financial need, academic performance, school and community activities, personal essays, and letters of recommendation.

Sixteen of the scholarships are named after individuals in the community and funded by bequests from or donations on behalf of the persons for whom they are named. The remaining scholarships were funded by the foundation’s annual fundraising and by an unrestricted grant from the Dawkins Charitable Trust.

This year’s recipients include:

North Thurston High School: Fasika Alemu, Jacquelyn DeCastro, Christina Floyd, Jasmin Fuentes, Alexandria Gregg, Dylan Harn, Michelle Hyland, Aubrey Martin, Tyler Powell, Daniela Rojas-Hernandez, Raihaanah Tahir, and Shea Thomas.

Timberline High School: Sophia Davies-Ahmed, Kaitlynn Dean, Justin Kuhn, Lisa Lam, Chi Le, Abagail Moldenhauer, Steven Moreno, Valerie Mosier, Jessica Neal, Dakota Nelson, Lauren Schutt , Sana Surrency, and Akemi Vuong.

 River Ridge High School: Kendrick Echevarria, Layla Fuller, Matthew Jenkins, Brandon Kim, Jannell Manandic, Autumn Payne, Zyon Rodriguez, Valentina Salai, Paris Soots, Lisa-Marie Tangaro, Promise Vaitogi, and Ryan Young.

South Sound High School:  Lahkaiah Dupervil