DKJ Scholars

The Danna K. Johnston Foundation empowers youth from diverse socio-economic backgrounds to become engaged and contributing members to their communities. Our current efforts are focused on providing a supportive network to youth pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) related degrees.

The DKJ Scholars program provides underrepresented, academically-sound college students with a supportive network that is comprised of financial scholarships, internship referrals and/or networking opportunities.

Through DKJ Scholars, we are continuing to build our legacy of making meaningful impacts on students who have successfully demonstrated their desire and abilities through academics and community-focused activities. DKJ Scholars are required to maintain specific grade point averages, progress toward graduation and irrefutable community standing.

We are currently not accepting applications for our DKJ Scholars program.  Once our application window re-opens, we will post an update here.

Our 2021 DKJ Scholars:

DKJ Scholar: Jordyn Famimiko 

College: Florida A&M University 

Area of Interest: Pharmaceutical Sciences 

DKJ Scholar: Victoria Mulugeta 

College: University of Washington 

Area of Interest: Business Administration, Informatics 

DKJ Scholar: Madison Rowland 

College: Kalamazoo College

Area of Interest: Biology, Chemistry, Business, and Spanish 

Our 2020 DKJ Scholars:

DKJ Scholar: Alma Salisbury

College: Elizabeth State University

Area of Interest:  Biology concentrating on Molecular Biology/Biotechnology

DKJ Scholar: Tsegaamlak Tesemma (Fio)

College: Cedarville University 

Area of Interest:  Industrial Product Design

DKJ Scholar: Kennedy Thompson

College: Northeastern University

Area of Interest:  Biological Sciences (Pre-Med)

DKJ Scholar: Alex Taylor

College: University of Washington

Area of Interest:  Geographic Information Science

DKJ Scholar: Ja’Niyah Donaldson

College: University of Washington

Area of Interest:  Bachelor of Science / Pre-Nursing

Our 2019 DKJ Scholars:

DKJ Scholar: Kyla Marks

College: Meharry Medical College – School of Dentistry 

High School: Raisbeck Aviation High School 

Area of Interest: Pursuing Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) 

DKJ Scholar: Kaila Taylor

College: CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

High School: Kentlake High School

Area of Interest: Forensic Psychology

DKJ Scholar: Audrey Price

College: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

High School: Olympia High School

Area of Interest: Emergency Services

Our 2018 DKJ Scholar:

DKJ Scholar: Ciera Devers

College: Clark Atlanta University

High School: Cleveland STEM HS 

Area of Interest: Computer Science

Our 2017 DKJ Scholars:

DKJ Scholar: Marvette Charles

College: Langston University

High School: Rainier Beach High School

Area of Interest: Criminal Justice

DKJ Scholar: Kelsey Smith

Graduate College: University of Washington School of Dentistry

Undergraduate College: Gonzaga University

Degree/Field: Undergraduate - Biology / Graduate - Dentistry

Our 2016 DKJ Scholars:

DKJ Scholar: Ryshun Sampson

College: Seattle University

High School: Cleveland STEM HS (GPA: 3.9)

Area of Interest: Business & Medicine

DKJ Scholar: Rahel Galato

College: University of Washington

High School: Rainier Beach HS (GPA: 3.79, Weighted: 4.19)

Area of Interest: Biochemistry, Public Health

Our 2015 DKJ Scholar:

DKJ Scholar: Karrington Ogans Taylor

College: Gonzaga University

High School: Garfield High School, Seattle, WA

Degree/Field: 2018 College Graduate - Mathematics with a Minor in Entrepreneurship

We are currently not accepting applications for our DKJ Scholars program.  Once our application window re-opens, we will post an update here. 

Meet our DKJ Distinguished Mentors

The Danna K. Johnston Foundation recognizes outstanding individuals who fulfill their passion of education, equity and access through mentorship of program youth.

C’Ardiss Gardner-Gleser

Jennifer Lesher

Keep up-to-date with our newsletters

DKJF 2020 Summer Newsletter.pdf
DKJF 2019 WINTER.pdf
DKJF 2019 FALL Final Newsletter.pdf
DKJF 2016 SUMMER.pdf

Other resources

Resources for youth pursuing STEM degrees


Washington State Opportunity Scholarship