Gordon Albright School of Education
Diversity Scholarship Recipients - Fall 2006

At City University of Seattle, we believe ethnic diversity in our student body is an important part of the overall learning experience. It is also our goal to educate and facilitate the placement of teachers of color in classrooms to serve our diverse communities.

Scholarships are available for the Bachelor of Arts in Education and Master in Teaching Programs. To qualify for a Diversity Scholarship each student must:

  • Be part of an ethnic minority population
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Meet the admissions requirements for the BAEd or MIT programs
  • Be seeking initial teacher certification
To date 74 scholarships have been awarded with a tuition value of nearly one million dollars.

Joshua Davies
Joshua Davies
Joshua Davies credits a woman he met in 7th grade with sparking his interest in his Native American culture and history. Dena Taylor was in charge of Indian Education in Longview, Washington when she encouraged him to participate in a Native American youth group to "broaden his understanding" of his rich ethnic background and help others do the same.

Davies enjoyed his experiences immensely. He decided that helping others, especially children of diverse backgrounds, would be his life's goal. Throughout high school, he served as a representative for the youth group, assisting Native American children with a variety of projects. At Lower Columbia College, he participated in Cultural Fair, sharing everything he knew about his Native American heritage to anyone who would ask. His senior year in college, he volunteered at Julia Butler Hansen Elementary School, assisting children who were struggling with disabilities. His primary goal there, he recalls, was getting kids "excited to learn." Later, Davies served as leader for the National Teen Leadership Program, helping participants from all over the Northwest gain skills necessary for future success.

Currently, Davies is pursuing a master's degree in teaching with City University. He hopes to one day strengthen ties with his tribe in Coos Bay, Oregon. "Although I occasionally visit my tribe, unfortunately I have not had the pleasure of working with them directly," says Davies. "Someday, I would love to be able to give back to the Coos community for the unconditional support they have bestowed on me."

Sonya Thompson
Sonya Thompson
Sonya Thompson knew it was time to take a chance. She was working as a receptionist at a TV station, when she realized just how unhappy she had become. "I had grown frighteningly comfortable sitting several hours a day at a desk, answering phone calls from disgruntled television viewers who most times complained about matters I considered trivial," says Thompson. "The confidence and drive I possessed after graduating from the University of Washington in 2001 had been replaced with self-doubt and complacency. I wasn't my determined self. I never said the words, nor did I consciously think them, but my actions said 'I quit.'"

Thompson vowed to step out of her comfort zone and fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. She enrolled in City University's Master in Teaching program.

"Without a doubt, my desire to become a successful teacher is a result of my respect and admiration for teachers who influenced my life," says Thompson. "From elementary school through high school, I was fortunate to have extraordinary teachers. I, and most of the students I attended school with, lived in the same poor neighborhoods. There were teachers who volunteered their time and energy raising and treating us as their own children. They spent money buying us clothes, school supplies, and personal hygiene items. Their dedication made a lasting impression on my life."

Michael E. Fuerte
Michael E. Fuerte
In his quest to fulfill his lifelong goal of becoming a teacher and a positive role model, Michael Fuerte has dedicated himself to working with children of diverse ethnic backgrounds for the past five years. The Filipino-American born and raised in Seattle, Washington has volunteered at the YMCA, the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club, and Stevenson Elementary School. He has also served as a kindergarten instructional assistant and after school supervisor at St. Louise Parish School. His experiences have taught him a great deal.

"Working with children of diverse backgrounds has changed my whole perspective of teaching," says Fuerte. "I have realized that students with diverse backgrounds need teachers who are willing to teach them to succeed and who will never give up on them. I want to be that teacher who makes a difference in students' lives. I want to be that person they look up to."

Currently, Fuerte is enrolled in City University's Master in Teaching program. He holds a 3.94 GPA and made the Dean's List for Spring Quarter 2006.