A Village is Born

In the Beginning

Since it was founded in 1994, the Martin Luther King School Dream Foundation helped an under funded school with items like copiers, televisions, P.E. equipment, whiteboards, books and many other items that help a school function more easily. continuing to support the school in that manner, 1999 was the first year that the foundation gave college scholarships to students who formerly attended Martin Luther King for at least two years. Many of them had Jan Lind-Sherman as a teacher, and all of them needed financial help with their post secondary education. Between then and 2010 over one hundred scholarships were awarded, ranging from $1,000 to $3,500.

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Career Dreaming

Everyone has dreams for the future. Board directors for the Martin Luther King School Dream Foundation are united in their desire to help underserved inner city students in Seattle realize these dreams. The scholarships we provide enable our young people, mostly minority, to get started on their educational paths. We are unique in our application qualifications and approach. Unlike many scholarship requirements, the GPA is not as important as a well written, thoughtful essay about each student’s challenges, hopes, and dreams. In addition, students can use their awards for any post secondary education, not just four-year colleges and universities.

Closing the School

The closing of Martin Luther King Elementary School in 2006 caused the Board of Directors to rethink the future of the foundation. Believing in its mission, the board decided two things. We will keep the commitment to former King students until the last one has graduated high school in 2017. At the same time we will explore how we can help a greater number of Seattle area students who have similar backgrounds and needs in years to come.

Scholarship Funding

While Jan Lind-Sherman and her husband, Vaughn Sherman, were the founders and major contributors to the foundation, other corporations, board members and individuals from the community have contributed as well. Now, as the foundation expands its outreach, more funds will be necessary in order to meet the goal of a million dollar endowment.

Building the Village

We often hear the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Nowhere can the “village” concept be more apt than when deciding to help our children reach their potential and fulfill their dreams. We hope you will join our village. We will work together to make a difference in the lives of underserved Seattle young people who might not otherwise have a post secondary educational opportunity.

Board of Directors 2012


     “We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.” – Ben Sweetland –

Jan Lind-Sherman

Vaughn Sherman

Katrice Barfield
Program Manager, Amazon.com

Reseda Butler
STEM Associate at Ross

Ted Howard, Principal
Garfield High School

Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney
Vice President at Sea Mar Health Centers

Susan Kostick
Susan Kostick and Company, LLC

Jonelle Lind
Photographer, Artist
Etsy Shop Owner

Ruby Smith Love
Chief Impact Officer
Venture Scale, SPC

Brittney Marzest
Human Resources at Nordstrom

Karen Miller
Chair, Washington State
Housing Finance Commission

Clara Scott
Retired Principal, TOPS K-8
Seattle Public Schools

Roxanne Trees
Career and Technical Education Specialist
Seattle Public Schools


Glenn Gregory
Investment Advisor
Obsidian Investment Advisors, LLC


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