James A. Davis Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

Six Roosevelt graduates are attending college with help from $5,000 scholarships from the James A. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Fund was made possible by generous donors in RARE’s first year of working for racial equity.

RARE established two $5,000 scholarships during its founding year to support two Roosevelt students of color in need reach their post-secondary educational goals. Working in partnership with school staff, RARE has established a clear selection process for the scholarships. Any graduating student of color who is planning to attend college, trade school, or a professional training program is welcome to apply.

Successful candidates will have contributed toward creating a climate of racial equity at Roosevelt and will have demonstrated a commitment to furthering their education.

James A. DavisThe scholarship is named for James A. Davis, Roosevelt class of 1971. Davis was a voluntary racial transfer student who became a leader among his peers. He served as senior class vice president, was a leader in Junior Achievement, played varsity football and played clarinet in the marching band. Throughout his life he showed his love of family and friends, respect for others as his equal and for reaching across racial lines to establish meaningful relationships with all students. After graduation, he maintained relationships with his Roosevelt classmates and went on to contribute to his family, his church, and his community. Davis died in 2013.

Selection Process (Academic year 2023-2024)

  • Two scholarships of $5,000 each are awarded every spring.
  • Applications, including 2 letters of support (see application link), should be turned into the RHS Counseling Office and are due on February 26, 2024.
  • RHS staff will review the applications and forward the applications of their top recommended candidates to the scholarship selection board of Roosevelt Alumni for Racial Equity (RARE) in early March. Candidates will be interviewed via Zoom by the RARE Scholarship Selection Board near the end of the month.
  • Final selection will be made and announced during the last week of March 2024.
  • The funding will be available for use by scholarship winners for tuition payments and other direct educational expenses for up to two years after graduating from RHS. Seattle Promise students may delay receiving their award until they enter a 4-yr college after finishing their studies at a Seattle College.

Past Award Winners

2021: Leah Scott & Elsabeth Assaye

2022: Elroe Yayiso & Myles Mawa

2023: Camila Ricardo & Yuena Kim


The scholarship application is here. You may provide your continued support to the scholarship fund below.

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