The Seafair Scholarship Program for Women is one of Seattle’s most time-honored traditions. This year the Scholarship Program and Seafair Festival are celebrating 64 years of history, tradition and community.
Today the Scholarship Program has evolved into one that rewards academic ambition, celebrates diversity and showcases future leaders. During the eight-week program, participants hone public speaking skills, creative expression and confidence. The program also pairs each young woman with a respected female professional as a mentor to provide guidance in education and career decisions. Community service involvement and philanthropy are also required elements. All participants are recognized with scholarship awards to support their educational tuition, and one is awarded the title of Miss Seafair who represents Seafair at events and appearances.
Dating back to 1950, the program was originally designed to select articulate young women as Seafair representatives, based on friendliness, poise, speaking ability and wholesomeness. The program has a rich history that continues to live on through the program’s alumni, current Miss Seafair and program participants.
This year Seafair will be crowning its 64th Miss Seafair, Saturday, July 27th prior to the Torchlight Parade. Miss Seafair represents the Seafair Festival for one year.
The Seafair Foundation has announced the 2013 Scholarship Program forWomen participants! The Foundation is excited to welcome the following women to the program:
JORDAN ALCANTARA – North Seattle Community
KETURAH ANDERSON – Maple Valley Community
KATELYN MARIE BALLER – Miss Sky Valley
EMILY RIO BARBER – Filipino Community of Seattle
KARLA CICCIA – Hispanic Seafair Princess
ROBYN EMERY – Sons of Norway
VICTORIA FERRULLI– Admiral Neighborhood Association
NATALIE HART – UmojaFest
TARYN LEE IMANISHI – Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival
CHRISTINE ITO – Japanese Queen Scholarship Program of Washington
MARCIE MARTINEZ – Hispanic Seafair Ambassador
TANIA SANTIAGO – Hispanic Seafair Queen
KAYLI SCHULZ – West Seattle Hi-Yu
VICTORIA SONNENBURG – Mukilteo Community
ALICYN SWORDS – Tacoma Community
LAUREN ASHLEY VERMILION– Kent Lions Club
Scholarship Program for Women History
The Seafair Scholarship Program for Women is one of Seattle’s time-honored traditions. Dating back to 1950, it was originally designed as a pageant to select articulate young women as Seafair representatives to greet visiting dignitaries and share the Seafair message.
Sixty-four years later, the program has evolved into one, which rewards academic ambitions, celebrates diversity, and showcases future leaders.
Did you know?
Since 1950, SPFW has:
-Awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to Miss Seafair and her court.
-Accepted and recognized more than 1,400 participants!
Former Seafair Queens/Miss Seafairs have gone into various professions such as: Law, Broadcast Journalism, Education, Motivational Speaking, Government Relations, Medicine.
Community Involvement and Philanthropy
Throughout the eight-week program, participants attend nearly 20 events in the Seattle area; including such Seafair events as the Milk Carton Derby, Torchlight Run & Parade, Seafair Weekend and many other community parades and festivals. Attendance at these events allows participants to experience and enjoy the diversity of the Greater Seattle area.
In addition to community events, participants visit retirement facilities and local hospitals bringing Seafair to those who cannot experience it on their own.
Public Speaking and Interviews
Participants serve as informed stewards for Seafair events, building confidence and leadership skills while sharing individual festival experiences and discussing their community service platforms at community events as well as through media interviews.
Participants will be interviewed and judged by a panel of community leaders, who assess each individual’s interests, skills, knowledge and ability to serve as Miss Seafair 2013.
Creative Expression and Community Service Presentation
All participants must showcase a community service platform in which they are involved. Past platforms range from the Humane Society to the National Eating Disorders Association.
Creative Expression provides an opportunity for each participant to develop and display her originality, self-expression, and confidence. Creative Expression (talent) can fall under the categories of dance, vocal, instrumental, monologue, dramatic expression, or public speaking.
Scholarship Program for Women Major Events
May 22* Orientation I - Meet & Greet
June 4* Orientation II – Program Overview
June 1* Admiral’s Tea
June 18* Public Speaking Presentation
June 25 & 26* Personal Interviews
June 29* Royalty Tribute Luncheon, aboard a Princess Cruise Ship
July 6 Seafair Pirates Landing, Alki Beach
July 10* Community Service & Talent Presentations
July 13 Seafair Milk Carton Derby
July 27 Torchlight Parade & Coronation of Miss Seafair Live on KIRO TV!
Aug 2-4 Seafair Weekend
*Dates pending confirmation
For more information about the Scholarship Program for Women, please contact us.
Phone: (206) 728-0123
To learn more about the 2012 Miss Seafair, Veronica Asence, CLICK HERE.