Seattle Promise Levy Vote Passes – What’s Next?

Dear Seattle Colleges Community

Yesterday Seattle voted and passed the Families, Education, Pre-School and Promise Levy.

This action will support equitable education for all Seattle public schools’ students from birth through high school graduation and then on to what for us is the most exciting part – the first two years of a community college education at Seattle Colleges.

Thanks to all of you who supported, advocated and ultimately, cast your vote. We are excited to get started on the work ahead.

What This Means for Seattle Colleges

The Seattle Promise program (formerly the 13th Year Promise Scholarship) will be supported in part by the levy and will expand the program from the current six high schools (Cleveland, Rainier Beach, Chief Sealth, West Seattle, Garfield, and Ingraham) to all Seattle public high schools by 2020. In addition, the scholarship will become “flexible” allowing students to attend the Seattle College (North, Central, or South) of their choice.

This vision holds great promise and potential for our youth, the citizens of Seattle, and Seattle Colleges. Making this a reality on this timeline is going to be both exciting and challenging.

It will require us to examine our processes and streamline our efforts to better the student experience across our colleges from their first engagement to their final walk across the stage. Our work with parents, business, and community partners will take on a new focus and priority. Fundraising efforts for Seattle Promise will also kick off in earnest. And, in the end our dedication and hard work will transform the lives of not only Seattle Promise scholars, but all students at Seattle Colleges.

Building on a Strong Foundation

We are fortunate to have a decade of work and collaboration led by the 13th Year Promise program at South on which to build. The success of this program caught the eye of the city and has been the impetus for this bold expansion into Seattle Promise. Hundreds of students at Cleveland, Rainer Beach, Chief Sealth, West Seattle, Garfield, and Ingraham high schools have already benefited from this program.

Report on This Year’s Class
This year, we have 224 students (42 at North, 34 at Central and 114 at South – and another 34 14th-year students at South) enrolled as Seattle Promise scholars at Seattle Colleges. They are receiving a scholarship for their tuition as well as intensive support to help them thrive and succeed. These students will be eligible for a 14th year of scholarship as they continue to enroll full time, attend their classes, and remain in good academic standing. Many of these students, thanks to private donations and other financial aid supports, are receiving additional assistance with books, housing, and other expenses, enabling them to focus on their studies. 

How You Can Stay Informed and Help

You probably have many questions about how the goals of the program may relate to your work or have ideas that you’d like to contribute. We’ve set up a new website where we will share program information as new developments are confirmed. On the website, you can also sign up to join the interest list to receive email updates. In addition, we have hired a new director of the Seattle Promise program. Melody McMillian, whom many of you may know from her advising role at North Seattle College, is now leading our efforts. Please reach out to her or the Seattle Promise specialist on your campus if you have questions or ideas.

·         Website:

·         Melody McMillian,

·         Seattle Promise specialists:

o   North:  Kelsey Peronto,

o   Central: Lee Westrick,

o   South: Alex Milan,

o   South: Derek Reddicks,

As we continue to develop plans with our donors and partners at the city of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools, as well as our colleagues across the district, we will inform you regularly of our progress toward this vision and the exciting developments happening with Seattle Promise.

Thank you for your support as collaborators, ambassadors, and champions for Seattle Promise. 




Shouan Pan, Ph.D.

Chancellor, Seattle Colleges


Warren Brown, Ed.D.

President, North Seattle College


Sheila Edwards Lange, Ph.D.

President, Seattle Central College



Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap, Ed.D.

President, South Seattle College


Posted on: November 9th, 2018 at 15:18:55

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