The Yazi educational scholarship program creates opportunities for members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound to become students at Charles Wright Academy.

In partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, and through a generous endowment created by the Milgard Foundation, Charles Wright Academy awards full scholarships to two newly-enrolling students each year. This support is sustained through the student’s graduation from Charles Wright (for a maximum of five years of enrollment).

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Yazi Scholar Application Timeline


February 1, 2023 Admissions Application Deadline
February 24, 2023 Middle and Upper School Notification Date
March 3, 2023 Middle and Upper School Commitment Date

How did the award get its name?

The scholarship honors the legacy of Gary “Yazi” Yazwa, a former Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound CEO for whom the award is named. Carol and Gary Milgard chose to name the award after Mr. Yazwa. We are proud to recognize the Milgards’ legacy of active support for both the BGCSPS and Charles Wright Academy.

Who should apply to be a Yazi scholar?

A Yazi scholar is a contributing member of their Boys and Girls Club branch. They are curious and eager to learn. They want to be part of a school community where learning is at the center, and where they will be both challenged and supported.

What do we look for in a Yazi applicant?

Strong applicants are those who have demonstrated success in their current academic environment, an eagerness to learn, a willingness to participate in our community, and academic potential. Ways to demonstrate these aspects include, but are not limited to:

  • The equivalent of As and Bs in recent coursework
  • Teacher recommendations reinforcing high levels of engagement in your current classroom environment
  • Independent academic pursuits that you may have engaged in outside of the classroom
  • Participation in opportunities available through the Boys and Girls Club
  • Participation in available extracurricular activities

What type of school is Charles Wright Academy?

At CWA, we are driven by our mission to nurture and challenge our students through active, joyful learning. We offer an excellent academic program with varied course selection and a focus on experiential and project-based learning. Roughly 540 students in preschool through grade 12 come to school on our beautiful 107-acre campus located in University Place. We offer bus service throughout the South Sound and up to South King County.

What is the Yazi award?

The Yazi award is a commitment to providing a full tuition scholarship at Charles Wright Academy. It is through an application process completed during their seventh or eighth grade year that scholars are selected. Once awarded, the Yazi Educational scholarship funding will renew annually until the student graduates from Charles Wright Academy, so long as adequate yearly progress is maintained by the student. Scholarship recipients are expected to remain active members in the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound.

What is the scholarship amount?

A Yazi scholarship covers full tuition and can cover other expenses as necessary. After your child has been selected as a finalist for the Yazi award we will ask you to complete a financial aid application. CWA commits to providing selected Yazi Scholars with a full tuition scholarship.

Interested in learning more about the Scholarship?

Contact your Boys & Girls Club branch director or the
Charles Wright Academy Admission Office directly:

(253) 620-8373