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Posted on: May 24, 2017

Mill Creek’s Abigail Brandt Receives Association of Washington Cities Scholarship

Image of Abigail Brandt with the City Council
The Mill Creek City Council selected Mill Creek student Abigail Brandt as the local nominee for an Association of Washington Cities Center for Quality Communities scholarship earlier this year. At the May 23 Council meeting, she received the $500 scholarship from the City.

Brandt recently was named as one of the six AWC scholarship winners for 2017 based on her nomination from Mill Creek. She will receive the $1,000 scholarship at the AWC annual conference in June. Brandt, who attends Archbishop Murphy High School, is the daughter of Richard Brandt of Mill Creek and Lauren Brandt of Edmonds.

She plans to attend UCLA, where she will pursue a career in pediatric medicine. This goal came out of a personal experience that shaped who she is today. In seventh grade, Brandt broke her ankle and was diagnosed with a rare nerve condition. As a result, she spent months at Seattle Children’s Hospital relearning how to walk, run and live a normal life.

“I want to ensure that my career allows me to make a positive change in the lives as of many people as possible, just as my doctors did for me so many years ago,” she wrote in her application.

As part of her desire to give back, Brandt has volunteered more than 250 hours during her high school career. This includes an Avivara mission trip to Guatemala in 2016, working for four years with the Seattle Humane Society, a self-run food drive that collected approximately 1,000 pounds, a Camp Prov volunteer for four years, and a Washington Association of Student Leaders Prospective Camp counselor this year.

She also has exhibited a passion for civic engagement. In her freshman year, Brandt took a risk and pushed herself to join student government. From freshman class treasurer, to sophomore class treasurer, to junior class president and finally to Associated Student Body president, she rose through the ranks.

In one of her reference letters, Brandt was described as a determined young woman who appreciates the gifts of education and life. She hopes to make a positive change in the lives of as many people as possible.
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