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Evergreen's Jackie Robinson Scholarship recipients take the field at Seattle Mariners Game

Published: August 29, 2006

SEATTLE, Wash. – All eyes will be on home plate at Safeco Field prior to Wednesday’s Seattle Mariners game as the team welcomes The Evergreen State College’s 2006-2007 Jackie Robinson Scholarship recipients.

Just before the 7:05 p.m. start of the Aug. 30 game against the Los Angeles Angels, Evergreen President Les Purce and Seattle Central Community College President Mildred Ollée will make their way to home plate to present scholarships to Lindi Coles of Richland and Emma Claire Lantz of Tacoma. These students, through their outstanding academic achievements and community involvement, exemplify the ideals of quality and acceptance demonstrated by Jackie Robinson throughout his trailblazing career.

Coles, who graduated from Richland High School in 2001, is a senior at Evergreen studying social and cultural sciences. She is interested in pursuing a career in alternative medicine and hopes to own a private health care practice. Coles possesses a strong personal commitment to better society through good citizenship and community involvement, and volunteers with numerous organizations, including the Olympia School District. The Jackie Robinson Scholarship allows her to finish the final year of her degree program.

Emma Claire Lantz graduated from Gig Harbor Henderson Bay High School in 1998. A junior at Evergreen, she studies education with an emphasis in counseling and psychology. Lantz volunteers with the Tacoma Sea Explorers, Tacoma Housing Authority and tutors in kindergarten classrooms. She received an Associate of Arts degree at Tacoma Community College. She has also worked with YMCA and Metro Parks of Tacoma with programs for at risk youth.

Former Evergreen Provost Patrick Hill and his wife Maureen established the scholarship program in 1987, in memory of their parents. Today, the scholarship is a partnership between The Evergreen State College – Washington’s nationally known public liberal arts and sciences college – and Seattle Central Community College, an educational partner whose students often transfer to Evergreen to complete their baccalaureate degrees.

The scholarship program honors Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League Baseball in 1947. Known as a courageous trailblazer and was recognized for his integrity and committed work ethic. Robinson died in 1972.

Additional partners that support the scholarship program include The Kenneth and Marleen Alhadeff Charitable Foundation and the Mariners Care Foundation.

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Todd Sprague Executive Director of Marketing, Communications and College Relations
The Evergreen State College
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