Golf Tournament Funds Student Scholarships

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The Fairway to the U.S. Open golf tournament, held at Chambers Bay Golf Course on Sept. 9, funds scholarships for UW Tacoma students. Read some of their stories.

The Fairway to the U.S. Open will be held at Chambers Bay Golf Course.September 9 marks the second annual Fairway to the U.S. Open golf tournament, put on by UW Tacoma at the Chambers Bay Golf Course. This sold-out event is held in anticipation of the 2015 U.S. Open, which will be held in Tacoma, the first time the tournament is held in the Pacific Northwest.

The Fairway to the US Open raises money to support Robert Trent Jones Jr. scholarships, which are given to students based on need and/or merit.

Last year, the event raised more than $40,000 for 25 student scholarships. Read profiles of some of these scholars, below.

Meet Your Robert Trent Jones Jr. Scholars

Nataliya Chmyr ’16
Auburn, WA
A graduate of Fife High School originally from Ukraine, Nataliya is currently pursuing her accounting degree from UW Tacoma. After she graduates, Nataliya hopes to enroll in UW Tacoma’s new Master of Accounting program and “dive in deep into the accounting world.” Nataliya also enjoys spending time with her friends and family and watching movies.

Kyle Ciolli ’15
Master of Business Administration
Chehalis, WA 
As a team lead at Russell Investments, Kyle sought to expand his abilities with a Master of Business Administration degree that would help him develop a broad skill set. Now in in his final year at the UW Tacoma, Kyle appreciates the program’s breadth, small class sizes and accessible, talented faculty. In his spare time, Kyle camps, boats, gardens and tailgates Husky games.

Reneé Inglett
Bonney Lake, WA
A Bonney Lake resident, Reneé came to UW Tacoma seeking “a great education, close to home.” With her marketing degree, she hopes to become a buyer or marketing manager for her current employer, Costco. In her spare time, Reneé roots for the Seahawks and the Mariners and travels the state with her family.
Nedralani Mailo ’16 
Long Beach, CA
Nedralani comes to Tacoma from Long Beach, California, and is passionate about community service and helping others. After graduation, she plans to travel and do ministry work. “What I love most about UW Tacoma are the diverse community and the close relationships the professors build with students.”
Rowan Meier ’16
Computer Science & Systems
Port Orchard, WA
Rowan decided to study computer science at the early age of 12, and spends his free time building, fixing and configuring computers. He chose to attend UW Tacoma because of the quality of its computer science program and its proximity to his home, which make pursuing his degree more accessible. After graduation, Rowan hopes to do meaningful work with Microsoft, Google or the armed forces.

Alyssa Ng ’16
American Studies and Pre-med
Puyallup, WA
Both an American Studies major and a pre-med student, Alyssa hopes to become a well-rounded pediatrician. She chose UW Tacoma, in part, because of its small size. “Since the class sizes are small, you are able to work closely with professors, receive really valuable feedback, and have all the support you need to be successful.”

Guillermo Sandoval ’16
Tacoma, WA
Guillermo is a leader on campus, serving as a peer advisor and study abroad ambassador. He also works for the Seahawks and Sounders street teams. Guillermo plans to go to graduate school for social work. After that, he wants to work in a field that unites his love of sports with advocacy for underserved groups.

Since UW Tacoma was founded 25 years ago, many generous donors have provided funds to support student scholarships. No student should be prevented from completing a degree due to a financial shortfall. The students described above have also received support from other scholarship endowments, such as:

  • The First Step Scholarship need-based scholarship endowment, established in 2006, in time to support the first-ever class of freshmen at the University of Washington Tacoma.
  • The Next Step Scholarship endowment, created in 1998 to provide funding to UW Tacoma students who transfer from local community colleges; awards are based on nominations from the community college presidents.
  • The Milgard Scholars Program, created out of a 2003 gift from Gary E. Milgard, the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation and James A. Milgard that endowed the Milgard School of Business at UW Tacoma.

Thank you to the sponsors of the Fairway to the US Open:

Regence, The News Tribune, MultiCare Health System, South Sound magazine, Dimmer Family Foundation, Propel Insurance, Bruce Titus Automotive Group, Spectrum Pension Consultants, Waterbrook Winery, Bargreen Ellingson, Woodworth Family Foundation, Narrows Brewing Company and Pierce County.

To learn more about the Fairway to the U.S. Open and Robert Trent Jones Jr. Scholarships, visit

Written by: 
Abby Rhinehart / September 8, 2014
Media contact: 

John Burkhardt, Media Relations,, 253-692-4536