Summer Concert Helps Low-Income Students Achieve College Dreams

Growing up in East Yakima, College Success Foundation Alumna Cristal couldn’t see herself going beyond high school. Then she became involved with the College Success Foundation and received the Chateau Ste. Michelle Scholarship. She was accepted to all nine colleges she applied for and graduated from the University of Washington in 2017.

“It would be difficult to overstate how instrumental the Chateau Ste. Michelle Scholarship Fund was in building my confidence and helping me reach my full potential through higher education,” she said.

Cristal shared her inspiring story on August 10 at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Scholarship Reception & Concert. Supporters enjoyed a festive evening of wine, food, and music by new wave favorites Blondie and Elvis Costello at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville. View highlights from the event.

After Chateau Ste. Michelle President & CEO Jim Mortenson welcomed guests, Master of Ceremonies David Silverman kept things lively as he encouraged guests to “Raise the Paddle” and bid on auction items from Chateau Ste. Michelle, Why Not You Foundation and Holland America Line. All funds raised at the event benefit the Chateau Ste. Michelle Scholarship Fund for low-income students in Washington state.

“Graduation rates are maximized when in-school supports and services are combined with college scholarships,” said CSF President & CEO James Dorsey. “That’s why the Chateau Ste. Michelle Scholarship partnership is so strong and vital. Together we have sent more than 150 deserving and hard-working students to college.”

“The value of your investment in students like me is indispensable,” Cristal said. “I cannot thank all of you enough for coming together to fund the education of underserved students in our community.” Read more about Cristal’s story.

Thank you to our generous guests and our sponsors, Holland America Line and Tulalip Tribes. If you were unable to attend the event but would like to support the Chateau Ste. Michelle Scholarship, donate here.

View highlights from the event.