Everett Student Wins Scholarship and Joins UW Bothell Class of 2017

April 11, 2013

CONTACT: Lisa Hall, 425-352-5461/425-466-7467 (cell), lhall7@uw.edu

Cascade High School senior Ruby David Kassala is the recipient of UW Bothell’s UW Diversity Scholar award. The award provides Kassala with a scholarship of up to $40,000 over four years to attend the University of Washington Bothell.

Kassala’s says her parents, who came to the U.S. from Ethiopia, are the inspiration behind her exceptional grades. “A few years ago, I went to Ethiopia to visit family and while I was there, I learned a lot about my parents’ struggle before they came to America,” Kassala says. “When I learned everything that they went through, it really gave me motivation to work hard in everything that I do because I realize how blessed I am to be able to do what I want to do with my life.”

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Hung Dang says the scholarship award was a result of Kassala’s hard work and commitment, “Ruby’s story is one of outstanding academic performance, an impressive SAT score and a commitment to community service,” Dang says. “She was chosen to receive the UW Bothell Diversity Scholar Award for her well-rounded student experience.”

Kassala says UW Bothell was one of her first choices, “I think that UW Bothell is a great place for us to start our college career, because not only does it have the Husky education with smaller classes, but it’s also a great place for us to start a college career and a great place to decide what we want to do with our lives.”

UW Bothell plans to welcome Kassala and the rest of the Class of 2017 in the fall.


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