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Des Moines Yacht Club First Mates Award Navigating the Future

Scholarships at Dollars for Scholars Reception


Three outstanding Mt. Rainier graduating students received Des Moines Yacht Club First Mates Navigating the Future scholarships during the annual Des Moines Dollars for Scholars Awards Reception on May 26, 2021. Following social distancing guidelines, this year’s ceremony was held outdoors at the Des Moines Activity Center, where many local and civic leaders welcomed the students and their families. Judging by all the smiles, students enjoyed the unusual celebration, but the First Mates hope to carry on their tradition of hosting this reception at the Des Moines Yacht Club!

Since 2009, the First Mates have awarded 42 scholarships, for a total of $37,500. Scholarships are made possible through the hard work of fundraisers and through a gift-giving program, where donations may be made in honor of an individual or to honor the memory of the individual. This scholarship fund is a 501C3 charitable organization, which allows a tax write-off for donors, and an opportunity for many companies to match contributions.

The First Mates and Des Moines Yacht Club support academic success in the community. Their scholarship fund reflects pride in students and a huge commitment to their ongoing education.

First Mates Navigating the Future Scholarship committee members are: Shelly Arch, Sheila Dahlgren, Joy Feider, Trish Keenan, Patti Linscott, Mindy McClean and Marilee Wamsley. For more information, please email Patti Linscott at

Here are the three graduating Mt. Rainier students receiving their 2021 Des Moines Yacht Club First Mates Navigating the Future Scholarships! Honor and celebrate these inspiring leaders, and everyone who participates in their success!

 Frank Keenan Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to Anam Hakim, majoring in Engineering at the UW


 Margaret Moreau Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to Dananwit Taffes, majoring in Public Health at the UW


 Navigating the Future Scholarship

Awarded to Joham Chaurra-Valencia, majoring in Business at the UW





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