$44,000 in Scholarships awarded to 2021 applicants – top honor is Tomio Moriguchi Scholarship

The Seattle-King County First Citizen Scholarship Foundation is excited to announce that thanks to member generosity, 28 out of 33 applicants this year will receive a 2021 scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to high school and college applicants, as well as our REALTOR® members, who demonstrate a commitment to community service.

“During such a challenging year, our Committee was pleased to have the opportunity to review an impressive number of highly qualified scholarship applicants who embodied the full spirit and intent of our program,” said Gina Madeya, Scholarship Foundation Chair. “It was a privilege to be able to recognize the community contributions, leadership qualities and academic achievements of 28 applicants and provide a total of $44,000 dollars in well-deserved scholarships this year.”

India Unwin, 2021 Senior at Franklin High School in Seattle

This year, the Foundation named a top honor scholarship for Tomio Moriguchi, the 2020 Seattle-King County First Citizen and former CEO of Uwajimaya. The applicant chosen by the Foundation to receive the Tomio Moriguchi scholarship is Franklin High School Senior India Unwin.

India is a committed volunteer whose interest in museums led her to be involved with Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). At Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, her volunteer efforts and creative thinking helped the Park increase their youth engagement and earned her the George and Helen Hartzog Award in the regional youth category for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Interacting with kids was her favorite aspect of her volunteer experience. India also participated in MOHAI’s Internship Program where she served on a team of Youth Advisors. Her future endeavors include going to college out-of-state and working for the National Park Service.

Tomio Moriguchi, 2020 Seattle-King County First Citizen and Former CEO of Uwajimaya | Photo courtesy of Brandtegic

“We are pleasantly surprised and extremely honored to be recognized by the Scholarship Foundation,” said Tomio Moriguchi. “On behalf of our whole family, we are appreciative of our entire experience with being honored as the 2020 First Citizen recipient and of the REALTOR® Association who has been recognizing so many individuals who do great work in our communities. Congratulations to all 2021 scholarship recipients.”

You can read about Tomio and other past First Citizen recipients here. The Foundation has previously recognized past Board members Van Anderson and Peter Freet, and real estate attorney John Demco with special named scholarships.

The chief fundraising event for the Scholarship Foundation is the annual Battle of Barristers, which is a fundraising event that brings members legal advice while benefitting the Foundation. Stay tuned for this year’s Battle of the Barristers date.


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Congratulations to our 2021 Scholarship recipients!

High School Recipients
Recipient Sponsored by Sponsor Firm
Shaye Agnew Johanna Agnew Windermere Real Estate East
Skylar James Boll Heather Boll Windermere Real Estate/East Inc
Isabella M. Chavez Michelle Underwood Chavez John L. Scott
Tianyu (Bowen) Cui  Maggie Yao John L. Scott
Maesun Boo Dier-Markley Shelle Dier Realogics Sotheby’s International
Meghan Hamell Olvin Orwiler RE/MAX Integrity
Helena Howland Heidi King Windermere Real Estate
Gracelyn McClendon Marty McClendon Redfin Corp.
Trista McDonough Tina McDonough RE/MAX Select
Daniel James Pruin Rita Lindle Pruin RE/MAX NW REALTORS
Isabella Marie Reed Leslie Reed Windermere Real Estate
Kaia Salverda  Pieter Salverda  Windermere Real Estate
Sydney Schott Geoff Schott Windermere Real Estate/East Inc
India Unwin* Dan Dittmann Windermere Real Estate
Adam Walter Debbie Walter RE/MAX NW REALTORS
Grace Wilson Julie Wilson Windermere Real Estate/Mercer Island
College and REALTOR® Recipients
Recipient Sponsored by Sponsor Firm
Gabrielle Bleha Don Bleha Redfin Corp.
Freddy Brown III Linda Brown Engel & Voelkers
Carson Guidotti Tony Guidotti Windermere Real Estate/East Inc
Anna Hamell Olvin Orwiler RE/MAX Integrity
Harrison Klein Traci Klein Compass
Izabella Mont-Ross Lisa Mont-Ros Keller Williams Realty Bellevue
Emily Morris Hillary Morris Windermere Real Estate
Jasper Palmer Christine Ostler Palmer Lake & Company
Alexander Pong Mary Pong Compass
Lily Scott Christine Scott KW Mountains to Sound Realty
Cathy Sims REALTOR® Self Sponsor Keller Williams
Ashley Wright Carol Wright RE/MAX Integrity

*Received the Tomio Moriguchi Scholarship