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Franklin High School Alumni Association Scholarships

Franklin Alumni Scholarship Committee Member

Barbara Mahoney

Franklin Alumni Scholarship Application

Class of 1935 established a scholarship in 2000. Initial funding came from one graduate and each year the class made additional donations. In 2005, at the request of members of the Class of 1935, FAA&F took over administration of the scholarship. Alumni are invited to donate to the scholarship fund as an option during our membership drive.

Recommendations for awards are made by the FAA&F Board. Checks are made to the school each student will attend. Awards are given out at the Awards Assembly in June.

2021 recipients:

  • Christina Nguyen
  • Belen Zemas
  • Amy Huang
  • Nina Wubu
  • Savannah Blackwell
  • Jenny Kwan
  • Arif Abdalla
  • Yadidya Kefale
  • Ashley Wiley
  • Thuy Truong
  • Fraol Bgale
  • Ejo Olyad
  • Olivia Blackshear

Amount: $2,000
Number of Awards: 1
Criteria: To be used to help fund a major or minor in music at an accredited institution. All applicaitons must have a music teacher recommendation.

Robert “Bud” Gilman (’35) worked as a jazz pianist, playing in a number of locations in Seattle as well as other parts of the country. In addition he worked as a middle school counselor. His sister Bonnie Rattner (’53) established the Gilman Scholarship fund in 2008 from his estate. “We both loved music, and we knew that it can be very difficult to make money as a musician and to get assistance to study. I wanted to establish this scholarship to recognize students choosing this field that gives so much joy to people,” stated Bonnie.

Gilman Scholarship Recipients

2014: Bill John Robancho

2013: Josh Valdez

2012: Danny Lee

2011 No awards

2010: Cedric P Thomas II

2009: Aaron Springer, Cameron Springer

2008: Michael Chan, Jonathan Dao, Steven Truong

Amount: $500 – $1,000
Number of Awards: 3-5
Criteria: Franklin senior with acceptance to an accredited post-secondary college, university, or professional/vocational program; Demonstration of significant financial need; Strong academic achievement, with a demonstrated ability to succeed in school; Demonstrated leadership and commitment to public and community service and advancing social sustainability; Extracurricular activities that demonstrate a commitment to service
Application Deadline: TBD Required Materials:

  • Application Questions
  • Essay
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • (optional) FAFSA Student Aid Report

Ed Lee, ‘70 was inducted into the Franklin Hall of Fame in 2014. From his beginnings as a civil rights lawyer fighting for tenant housing rights to tackling issues related to education, sustainability, immigration, affordable housing, and LGBT rights as Mayor of the City of San Francisco, Ed dedicated his life to making a difference in his local community and ensuring everyone’s voice was heard and included. Following his unexpected death in 2017, his family established a scholarship in his name.

Edwin M. Lee Community Leadership Award Recipients

2021: Jenny Kwan and Gisele Masmela

2020: Cam Che, Sofia Nguyen, Danny Nguyen, Amy Pham, Kanoa Wong

Amount: $1,000
Number of Awards: 1
Criteria: Awarded to a senior who does behind-the-scenes work necessary to advance our school’s mission to create an increasingly peaceful and productive society. No application necessary. Students are nomiated and awarded by committe based on student, staff, and community input.

Rubina J. Manson-Sandlin, served the Franklin community as the head administrative assistant for over a decade. In June 2019, she passed away after a long battle with cancer and she will forever be missed. Rubina was a warm presence in the main office, treated everyone who came into the building with kindness and care, and worked tirelessly to keep the school community operating at a high level. In so many ways, she held Franklin together. To honor her life and the unique, invaluable contribution she made to Franklin, a scholarship was established in 2019.

Rubina J. Mason-Sadlin Award For Servant Leadership Recipients

2021: Emily Nguyen
2020: KanoaWong
2019: Selena Fermin

Amount: $1,000 (for 4 years)
Number of Awards: 2
Criteria: To help fund the study of science at an accredited institution. Each recipient will be eligible to receive $1000 a year over four years. Applicants must have established their intent to pursue studies in science, show financial need, and demonstrated altruistic behaviors and social responsibility within the Franklin High Community. There is no GPA requirement to apply, but for renewal, students must provide a college transcript showing minimum 3.2 GPA and enrollment in science classes.

This scholarship is funded by the money Biology teacher Mr. Richard Swartz received from his Aunt. The family chose to use the money toward Franklin students who desire to study science in some way. The Franklin Science Department Committee makes final decision on awardees. Questions? Contact FHS Science Head Dr. AJ Katzaroff

Richard Swarts Science Scholarship Recipients

2021: Dang Pham and Lidia Gebrewolde

2020: Yasin Chowdhury, Sofia Nguyen
2019: Kathleen Dumlao, Tam Ta
2018: Maria Gloria, Sheina Ha017: Christine Ha, Jasmine Woon

From the way we operate our business, to the work we perform with clients, Jacobs’ climate action plan details how we’ll continue to make a positive environmental, societal and economic difference for businesses, governments and communities around the world.

Chair and CEO Steve Demetrion

The Franklin Alumni Association and Foundation is proud to announce that Jacobs Engineering Group has reached out to the Franklin High School community by offering a graduating 2021–2022 senior a $3000 non-renewable scholarship. This is a diversity scholarship with a focus on African-American/Black students as well as disadvantaged students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program.

Scholarship application requirements:        

  • Complete the attached scholarship application and requested materials by March 31, 2022.
  • Write and attach a 400 – 500 word personal statement describing your family and background, educational preparation to pursue a STEM major and future educational and career goals.
  • Write and attach your resume showing awards, honors, high school activities and clubs, community activities and/or employment, etc.
  • Attach an unofficial transcript showing a 2.8 minimum GPA.
  • Attach a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or community person.

Application deadline:

Submit all materials (and questions) to Herman Houston at by March 31, 2022.  Finalists will be interviewed by phone during the first two weeks of April. 

The awardee will be asked to write thank you letters to Jacobs Engineering Group and the Franklin Scholarship Committee.  A parent or guardian of the awardee will be asked to sign a Parental Release Form to allow their Student’s name and/or likeness to be used in promotional/recognition materials.

Good places to start a scholarship search

June and July 2022 Scholarship Bulletin

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This bulletin shows scholarships with a due date in the next month or two. A full comprehensive scholarship list, can be found on Naviance or you can find scholarship lists on the following websites:

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06/01/2022 – Colburn Law Annual Spinal Disability Scholarship

Amount: $3,000
Deadline: June 1
Seniors only: Yes

Currently enrolled at an accredited high school, college, or university in the U.S. Must be enrolled as either an undergraduate or in the final year of high school. Must be age 17 or older.

Colburn Law website

06/01/2022 – Big Sun Scholarship

Amount: $500
Deadline: June 1
Seniors only: Yes

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. In order to do our part, we are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in or the capacity in which they participate.

Big Sun Scholarship website

06/15/2022 – Ambient Edge Student Affected by Cancer Scholarship

Amount: $1000
Deadline: June 15
Seniors only: No

This scholarship of $1000 is open to students who have been diagnosed with cancer themselves, as well as those who have stood by a loved one. Survivors, current cancer patients, and the allies of patients and survivors are welcome to apply.

Eligibility: Current or incoming US undergraduate/graduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA; either a current/former cancer patient or have stood by a loved one who was diagnosed with cancer.

Ambient Edge Scholarship website

06/26/2022 – ACT Student Champion Award Scholarship

Amount: $15,000
Deadline: June 26
Seniors only: No

Eligible sophomores, juniors and seniors who register for the ACT® test between 9-3-2019 and 6-26-2020 are automatically entered for a chance to win. It’s that easy!

No purchase necessary or ACT test registration necessary.

07/01/2022 – Rita’s First Gen Scholarship

Amount: $31,656
Deadline: July 01
Seniors only: No

This scholarship is open to any high school senior who will be a first-generation college student. Refugees are strongly encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate is a student who has experienced obstacles or sacrifice in pursuit of their education. These obstacles or sacrifices can be in the form of time, money, being away from family, having to care for or support one’s family, completing school despite social, religious, familial, or cultural pressure not to, etc.

Rita’s First Gen Scholarship

07/17/2022 – Asian American Luminary Awards (AALA) Nomination Program

Deadline: July 17
Seniors only: No

AALA is a platform to honor and celebrate outstanding Asian American professionals and leaders with high achievements and contributions in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) within Pacific Northwest. CIE/USA-SEA is very proud to provide such a platform to recognize their remarkable career achievements.

During the unprecedented pandemic year, we successfully concluded our 2021 AALA program with the selection of five outstanding recipients, followed by CIE AALA Seminar Series featuring these recipients. This year, we are committed to continue honoring and celebrating the success of outstanding Asian American professionals and leaders.

AALA website

07/17/2022 – Hire a Helper Skilled Trade & Technology Scholarships

Amount: $2,000
Deadline: July 17
Seniors only: Yes

Growing demand and lack of qualified workers in skilled trades like the moving industry means it’s a great time to go back to school and enter these lucrative and fast-growing industries. To help keep up with demand and assist the next generation of professionals, Hire-A-Helper will award a $2,000 scholarship four times a year to eligible students.

Hire A Helper website

07/31/2022 – ABC Law Centers Disability Advocacy Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Deadline: July 31
Seniors only: No

ABC Law Centers is proud to offer our Disability Advocacy Scholarship! Our firm will award one annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to an undergraduate, graduate, or law student planning to pursue a law or public policy career focused on disability advocacy.

Eligibility: An undergraduate, graduate, or law student planning to pursue a law or public policy career focused on disability advocacy.

ABC Law website