Empowering Latinas in Washington State to become leaders through education and community service
Hispanic Seafair started in 1980 with the intention to unite the Latino community and empower young Latinas to become leaders through education, community service and scholarship. Every year Hispanic Seafair selects one woman in the community as Miss Hispanic Seafair, based on her academics, community involvement, public speaking abilities and other soft skills.
In previous years, LCF offered fiscal sponsorship to the Hispanic Seafair Organization. This year, we were presented with the task of selecting the 2017 scholarship recipient. In an effort to provide more scholarship and increase our community presence at Seafair and community events year round, Hispanic Seafair and LCF opted to create the Hispanic Seafair Ambassador scholarship to grant to a second young Latina.
Both were awarded with individual academic scholarships to continue their studies, crown and sashes for Seafair parades and a summer filled with networking, public appearances and personal development opportunities. Axa Molina, Miss Hispanic Seafair 2017, received the the prestigious title of Miss Seafair 2017-2018 and a generous scholarship. While Karen Gamez, Hispanic Seafair Ambassador 2017, received the title of 2nd Seafair Princess and a scholarship. It is the second time a Latina wins at Seafair and the first time two representatives make top 3.
Effective September 2017, Hispanic Seafair will become a program of Latino Community Fund of Washington State. LCF will incorporate the scholarship program to its statewide youth leadership network, Alianza. This collaboration will provide students with more leadership opportunities, mentorship and resources. LCF will continue to manage Hispanic Seafair and will be responsible for growing the program, collaborate with community leaders to increase scholarship funds and bring back the annual summer festival at no cost to the public.
As part of the new program experience, participants will be part of a cohort that will develop and execute community service projects, attend leadership workshops, facilitate community forums. The program concludes with the announcements of the 2018-2019 scholarship recipients and other awards. Mandatory activities will continue for the newly named Miss Hispanic Seafair and Hispanic Seafair Ambassador. All participants are encouraged to participate at Seafair.