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Our Mission and Values

Education First is dedicated to providing need-based college scholarships to exceptional seniors attending high schools with historically low percentages of college applicants. By rewarding students with strength of character, a commitment to learning, and a vision for their future, our aim is to invest in individuals who will positively affect their communities.

Founded in August 1995 by a small group of recent college graduates, Education First is a nonprofit organization that believes higher education is critical to enhancing one's life and community.

Contact Information

4701 SW Admiral Way #149
Seattle, WA 98116
Phone/fax: 509-356-1739
E-Mail: info@educationfirst.org

Supported in 2012 by a grant from the Laird Norton Foundation

Recent Scholarship Winners

Diana Rivera
Diana Rivera
Denver
Jefferson High School
Community College of Denver
Diana moved from Mexico at age 15 to escape drug cartel dangers and had to learn English… Read more...

Michelle Diaz
Michelle Diaz
Los Angeles
Manual Arts High School
Univ. of California, Riverside
Growing up in a single parent household, Michelle frequently took responsibility for taking care of her two sisters… Read more...

Past Scholars —
Where Are They Now?

Thank you for the support you provided me during my time at California State University, Los Angeles, and for helping me to become the first one in my family to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. I got hired by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power a few weeks after finishing with school. My achievements were possible by your help and support. Thank you so much.

~ Jairo Guerrido, 2010 Winner
(Manual Arts High School, Los Angeles)

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