The Scholarship Program for Women Presented by AT&T is one of Seattle’s most time-honored traditions, and tonight the pageantry continued as Veronica Asence was named the 2012 Miss Seafair. Fifteen participants had the opportunity to enrich their lives with philanthropy and community involvement this summer. The program empowers young women to reach their personal and professional goals through academic scholarships and leadership development. Participants gain leadership skills, confidence and a lifetime of memories.
To become Miss Seafair, the young women were evaluated in areas including their academic accomplishments, public speaking, interview skills, and creative expression.
Miss Seafair Court
Miss Seafair - Veronica Asence, Bothell Community
1st Runner Up - Yuna Nishimoto, Japanese Scholarship Organization of Washington
2nd Runner Up - Beth Bollinger, Queen Anne Community
About 2012 Miss Seafair Veronica Asence
Veronica Asence graduated from Seattle University in 2010 with degrees in Humanities and French. Currently, she is attending Cascadia Community College to complete prerequisites for entrance into a physical therapy doctoral program.
Asence, who grew up in Bothell, began ballet dancing at the age of five. She attended the Pacific Northwest Ballet from 1996 to 2003, where she performed in the acclaimed Nutcracker for several years. She is a Certified Dance Teacher through the American Ballet Theatre. In order to better understand the language to apply to her ballet terminology she studied abroad in France at the University of Paris for a semester.
Volunteerism is important to her - she currently serves as a kennel attendant at a local PAWS shelter and in the past at Denise Louie Education Center and Urban Impact.
Veronica enjoys baking, cooking, traveling, writing and practicing yoga.
Miss Seafair Veronica Asence will make more than 100 appearances over the course of the coming year.
Seafair awarded over $20,000 in scholarships as part of the program. Many of the scholarships were announced on Tues. at the Princess Banquet produced by the Seattle Commodores, with the remaining scholarships given out tonight.
Scholarship Program for Women Sponsors
AT&T, Samsung, Avant Garden Florist, Banner Bank, Ben Bridge Jewelers, BMW Northwest, Davis Wright Tremaine, Enterprise, Gong Construction, Grand Event Rentals, Hacker & Willig, Inc., P.S., Jackie Cleveland, Jessica McClintock, JoAnne Ludwig, John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, Kiwanis Club of Seattle, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News, Museum of Flight, Orion First Financial, Princess Cruises, Rodney Thornley, Seafair Parade Marshals, Seattle Seafair Commodores, Triumph Expo & Events, Tutta Bella, Wake Forest Schools of Business, Corvette Marque Club and Jim McDonnell.
About the Seafair Foundation
The Seafair Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established to celebrate and reward cultural diversity, education and community engagement in Greater Seattle. For more information, please visit seafairfoundation.org.