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2018-19 Scholars


Diana Algomeda-Villada

Diana Algomeda is a first-generation college student studying Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies, Global Honors, and Education. Diana is currently serving as the Director of Internal Communications and Affairs for the Associated Students of the University of Washington Tacoma (ASUWT). Due to her experience as a first-generation college student, she helped start First Generation Fellows (FGF) in 2017. FGF is a program that provides support to first-generation college students with their transition to college and completion to graduation. Diana hopes to continue to address and alleviate social issues and to impact her community positively.

Drew Dunston

Drew is a sophomore in the Milgard School of Business with plans to major in accounting and minor in applied computing. He is currently volunteering as the Sophomore Senator for the Accounting Student Association and has recently registered to do Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Since last year, Drew has been working part time at the Readiness Acceleration Innovation Network as the CFO’s assistant. Upon graduation, Drew will pursue a master’s program in accounting or taxation so he can be eligible to pass the CPA exams. Once a CPA, Drew plans to build a strong foundation in accounting by working at a large public accounting firm before exiting into an industry role that he is passionate about.

Sierra Jones

Sierra is a senior in the honors program, studying Communications research with minors in education and community engagement, law and policy, and global engagement. As a first-generation college student, she understands the value of education and hopes to pursue a career in educational policy after completing law school. Sierra has served marginalized populations in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area for over 15 years and is currently a mentor for the UNCF Portfolio Project. In addition to serving the community and raising two toddlers, Sierra works as the program assistant for the ACCESS in STEM Scholars Program and serves as the School of Education Senator for the Associated Students of the University of Washington Tacoma (ASUWT).

Isabell Murray

Isabell is currently a senior studying Law and Policy. In addition to being inducted into the first cohort of Dressel Scholars, Isabell has earned Honors Distinction through the Global Honors program, has achieved her minor in Global Engagement, is the current President of the Pre-Law Society, as well as a co-founding Officer of the Collaborative Association for Reintegration and Education (C.A.R.E.). Isabell currently serves as Miss Pierce County through the Miss America Organization, advocating for juvenile justice through #KidsNotCriminals and interning at the Pierce County Juvenile Court as a Juvenile Detention Officer Intern and Probation Officer’s Aide. Isabell hopes to attend law school next year to achieve her dream of becoming a criminal defense attorney.

Avery Neims

Avery is a junior in the Milgard School of Business. Avery is very involved in the business school and loves helping others. Avery has discovered his passion for learning, solving problems, and entrepreneurship. He is currently working at the Milgard Success Center, startup AllegeunMedia, and a project based on visualizing data. He volunteers at the Veteran’s Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) weekly and in his free time he enjoys taking nature walks and hanging out with his friends and two dogs, Ozzie and Chloe.

James Northup

James Northup is an undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree in advanced mathematics with a special interest in number theory and computer programming. He plans to pursue Ph.D. studies once completing his master’s degree. Prior to pursuing higher education, James served as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant in the U.S. Army for seven years. During his service, James trained international forces in multidisciplinary skills ranging from medical mission planning to advanced trauma management in East and South East Asia. James is also a certified paramedic, with further training in mountain medicine. In his spare time James enjoys volunteering with his veterinarian wife, Isabelle, to help animal charities in the Tacoma and Seattle area.

Davis Railsback

Davis is a senior who is double-majoring in the Computer Science and Computer Engineer & Systems programs. He is currently working as a math and computer science tutor as well as an undergraduate researcher. After completing his bachelor's degree, he plans to enter a graduate program to gain more knowledge and insight in his fields of interest.

Ashley Richards

Ashley Richards is a senior in the Sustainable Urban Development program and serves as a student chair on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability. Ashley recently completed the Bamford Fellowship in Global Engagement offered through the Global Honors program, where she studied the role of community based organizations in addressing inequities in community development efforts and education. After graduating, Ashley plans on pursuing a graduate degree in international planning and development.