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Taylor Hollis Class of 2020 put her scholarship to good use

Saturday, June 8, 2024, Friday Harbor High School seniors will walk across Turnbull Gym's stage holding their diplomas and many will be also taking home scholarships provided by a generous community. As an example of the impact scholarships can have on a student's life, we are sharing the accomplishments of one member of the Class of 2020.

In 2020, Taylor Hollis received  the Distinguished Regents Scholar/full-ride scholarship. She was nominated by FHHS counselor Gordy Waite. Here's how she made full use of her scholarship. 

FHHS Class of 2020 Taylor Rose Hollis received top honors, Suma cum laude, in two fields: Psychology and Creative Writing with her 2024 graduating class at Washington State University in Pullman WA. Additionally she received the distinctive top honor of Outstanding Senior Recognition for the 2024 Psychology Department.

“An outstanding senior in the WSU College of Arts and Sciences is defined as one who has excelled in academic performance and in service to their school or department, and the University community. Awardees are selected by their department faculty and chairs. Congratulations on a job well done, and good luck in all your future endeavors!” - Todd Butler, Dean of College of Arts & Sciences WSU.

During the award  presentation for Taylor, the following outline of her remarkable journey was read.
"Taylor Hollis, a Distinguished Regents Scholar, is the Outstanding Senior for the Department of Psychology. Taylor, from Friday Harbor, WA is joined on stage today Dr. Carrie Cutler and Dr. Lucas Huckaby from the Department of Psychology.  She is graduating with two degrees: A Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in English, Creative Writing.  
When considering where to go to school, Taylor was drawn to Portland, but as a Distinguished Regents Scholar with a full tuition scholarship, it became an easy choice to attend WSU.  She loves the school spirit and the town vibe.  
Taylor’s teaching and research experience is substantial.  She was a Teaching Assistant for the Psychology Undergraduate Practicum; for Psych 333, Fundamentals of Psychological Disorders, Psych 321, Personality, and Psych 311, Statistics in Psychology.   
As a Research Assistant for the first DEA/FDA approved human clinical trial with cannabis conducted in the State of Washington, which is focused on examining the acute effects of cannabis on a broad range of memory outcomes as well as food consumption, Taylor’s primary role was to monitor participants through a one-way mirror while they sober up.  
As a Social Work Intern for the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, she conducted assessments, advocated for client rights, working closely with a team to coordinate services.  
Dr. Carrie Cuttler says, "Taylor is intelligent, hardworking, responsible, personable, and professional.  She has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and has contributed substantially to our department."
Taylor's personal statement: "This school has been very generous to me, starting with giving me a full tuition scholarship and ending with this award. The Psychology faculty have continuously gone above and beyond to ensure their students' success. I've thoroughly enjoyed working with various professors as a TA, and I want to thank Dr. Cuttler for nominating me for this award, as well as Dr. Huckaby for helping prepare me for graduate school. I also want to thank my supportive family and friends, especially my mom for always believing in me and being there throughout it all.  
Taylor will begin graduate school this fall in the Lewis & Clark College Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program to earn a Masters degree.  Her long term goal is to have a private practice as a therapist – and that might be in Portland. 

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