The Difference You Make for Evergreen Students
The global pandemic, tensions over equity and racial justice, economic uncertainty, and divisiveness surrounding our democracy have reminded us now more than ever the world needs Greeners. Greeners like Tarah Baker '22, Parris Miller '22, Emma Rose Faerber '23, and many others whose passions, ingenuity, and tenacity coupled with the power of their Evergreen education will position them to be leaders with the capacity to address the challenges facing our world.
Thanks to your generosity and Evergreen’s resilient community of alumni, donors and friends, scholarships made possible by the Art of Giving increase in value as students progress toward graduation - from $2,000 for first-year students to $3,000 for seniors. This multi-year commitment is a powerful vote of confidence providing stability and added support as students persist to graduation.
Evergreen Student Demographics (Fall 2020):
- Enrolled students: 2,281
- Average age: 27 years old
- 88% are from Washington
- 62% are women
- 32% are students of color
- 40% are low-income
Read on to see how gifts to the Art of Giving have shown up for students like Tarah Baker '22, Parris Miller '22, Emma Rose Faerber '23, and others so they can show up for the world. Thank you for supporting the Art of Giving Scholarship Drive!
Hear Directly from Students About Your Impact
Tarah Baker, Class of 2022
I was most drawn to Evergreen–Tacoma for its strong commitment to community and social justice, its smaller size, and the level of strong Black representation among the Dean and faculty. I found what I was looking for: Home.
In class, we talk not just about what’s going on today, but how we want to make change for the future. That’s one of my biggest drives; I want to make change in other people’s lives. I want to work as a professor at a university and bring awareness through photojournalism.
I never would have thought I’d be getting a Bachelors if you'd asked me five years ago. I lost my brother and husband within a month of each other. When I first moved here, I came with my three sons and five suitcases. I ended up in a shelter before I found a place. I worked three jobs, started and stopped school multiple times, and lost my home in the process. I went from being homeless, running into barrier after barrier, to finally stabilizing and going after my degree. Now, I have another year before I’m done with my Bachelors, and then am planning to earn my Masters and PhD.
"Having donor support eliminated so many barriers. I want to say thank you, but thank you is paltry in comparison to the gratitude I feel. The gratitude I have for donors who helped me to be able to focus on school, activism, and my family is incomparable." — Tarah Baker, '22
Parris Miller, Class of 2022,
Art of Giving Keynote Speaker
For Parris Miller, giving back to the community runs in the family. He is a proud descendent of Elizabeth Wesley, a founding member of the Tacoma Hilltop’s Shiloh Baptist Church, and the inspiration for the Elizabeth Wesley Youth Merit Incentive award recognizing local Black high school students for their academic and civic achievements.
The Hilltop has always been home for Parris. It’s where he grew up. It’s where he hopes to mentor at-risk youth. It’s also where, at the age of nine, he joined a gang. “I grew up believing that, statistically, I wouldn’t live past 18,” says Parris. “My education was limited. In my peer group, school, or anything related to it, was weird. Now, I have been incarcerated for 30 of my 40 years.”
Today, Parris aspires to work directly with youth in juvenile detention centers to bring his perspective to those who need it most. Now in his junior year at Evergreen’s Tacoma Program, Parris is pursuing a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Public Administration. His personal mission is to lift up others – to be the difference that prevents them from experiencing some of the challenges he has faced.
With resilience, perspective, and the support of scholarships, Parris is prepared to honor Elizabeth’s legacy in the community he calls home.
“Everything I have learned at Evergreen will allow me to help younger generations unlock potential they might not even see in themselves yet. The investments others have made in me are investments in all the kids I want to help, and that is the most fulfilling thing I can imagine.” — Parris Miller, '22
Emma Rose Faerber, Class of 2023
When I heard about Evergreen and discovered I could choose what I wanted to learn and create my own path, I became very interested. I am passionate about many things—animals, art, music, psychology, the outdoors, and culture. So far, I have taken mostly psychology-based programs at Evergreen and have really enjoyed them. As my education is advancing, I am becoming interested in how to help animals from a psychological stand point.
One of my biggest goals in life is to help others. I did not have the most traditional childhood growing up. My father was diagnosed with cancer when I was five and passed when I was 10. My mother was diagnosed with cancer when I was 12 and passed when I was 15. This was and still is a huge challenge for me, but it has helped shape me into the person I am today. I want to help those who have had to live in a similar situation.
My journey the past 20 years has not been an easy one, but I am ready to use the lessons of my negative experiences to inspire positive change in the world around.
Without donor support, I would not have been able to attend Evergreen this year. Scholarships have helped to alleviate my financial stress and worry, giving me the freedom to explore new avenues of learning. From the bottom of my heart, I am forever thankful to donors for this amazing opportunity.
“Before my mom passed, I promised her that I would be the first of my siblings to attend college and complete my four-year degree. With donor support, I have been able to make that promise real.” — Emma Rose Faerber, '23