Council awards AWC Scholarship to Abigail Brandt

By Dan Aznoff | Jun 01, 2017
Courtesy of: Archbishop Murphy High School When she is not is not volunteering or serving as the Associated Student Body at Archbishop Murphy High School, senior Abigail Brandt guards the goal on the pitch for the girl’s varsity soccer team. The Mill Creek City Council presented Brandt a $1,000 scholarship from the Association of Washington Cities last month. The council voted to give the bright-eyed teenager another $500 grant to study pediatric medicine at UCLA in the fall.

High school senior Abigail Brandt of Mill Creek received the Quality Communities Scholarship given by Association from the Association of Washington Cities during a meeting of the city council last month.

The Archbishop Murphy student was one of six recipients of the annual grants based her nomination by the council. She will receive the $1,000 scholarship to attend UCLA where she plans to pursue a career in pediatric medicine.

“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. Brandt was diagnosed with a rare nerve condition after she broke her ankle during seventh grade. As a result, she spent months at Seattle Children’s Hospital relearning how to walk, run and live a normal life.

She will receive the $1,000 scholarship at the AWC annual conference in June. Brandt is the daughter of Richard Brandt of Mill Creek and Lauren Brandt of Edmonds. The council voted to reward Brandt with an additional $500 scholarship from the city.

As part of her personal desire to give back, Brandt volunteered more than 250 hours during high school career, including an Avivara mission trip to Guatemala in 2016 as well as four years with the Seattle Humane Society. The dedicated high school student was behind a food drive that collected more than 1,000 pounds of food for local food banks, volunteered for four years at Camp Prov and a served as a volunteer counselor at the Washington Association of Student Leaders Prospective Camp.

She also grew through the ranks of student government at ABHS, from freshman class treasurer, to sophomore class treasurer, to junior class president and finally to Associated Student Body president.

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