Woodinville area resident Trish Boggs helps grassroots nonprofit grow to be one of Africa’s most robust education initiatives.

  • Written by Guest Column Author: Imagine Scholar
Trish Boggs met Corey Johnson, executive director and founder of Imagine Scholar in the winter of 2013. Already a supporter of youth development programs in Africa, she was ready to engage with new organizations when she met Corey through a Rotary contact.
Inspired by the organization’s commitment to empowering youth in rural South Africa through educational programming and personalized mentorship, Trish quickly became a student sponsor. She recalls reading through the students’ biographies and being drawn to Victoria, a young woman who aspires to be a doctor.
“My daughter and I read through a few of the students’ bios and were immediately attracted to Victoria as one of the things she mentioned was her love of reading which we both appreciated.”
Victoria was one of Imagine Scholar’s first graduates and with Trish’s support is currently completing her medical degree in Havana, Cuba.
Seeing Trish’s dedication to Imagine Scholar’s mission, Corey asked her to join the board, noting her “diligent on the ground help.” Trish’s 10+ years of nonprofit experience has catapulted Imagine Scholar’s development, transforming it into one of Africa’s most robust education and youth development initiatives.
With the help of dedicated team members like Trish, students from Imagine Scholar have gone on to participate in the Yale Young Global Scholars program, receive university scholarships from the Mastercard Foundation, and launch impactful community-action projects such as facilitating local chess tournaments to increase critical thinking skills in youth.
Trish speaks fondly of Imagine Scholar’s development and how the being a part of the organization has affected her:
“As the years have progressed [I’ve seen] how the program has matured and grown.  Hearing about the projects the students have decided to take on …  and their excitement and desire to learn more than what is taught in their traditional schools is what keeps me wanting to support the program year after year.”
Executive Director Corey Johnson also notes Trish has been one of the key drivers of an annual fundraising yard sale. The thousands of dollars raised at this event go towards providing exceptional opportunities for the youth in South Africa and increased awareness of the program.
The 7th annual yard sale will be held in Kirkland, with support from both the Woodinville and Kirkland Rotary Clubs. Woodinville residents who are interested in learning more about Imagine Scholar or contributing to the event by volunteering, donating items to sell, or attending the yard sale can engage as follows:
Attend the event:
August 16th – 18th, 2018
Lakeside Christian Church
701 1st Street, Kirkland
*please note that Imagine Scholar is not a religiously affiliated program
Volunteer or donate items:
Please contact Megan Nellis, Program Director
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The week following the charity sale, Trish Boggs will host an event convening both longstanding and new supporters of Imagine Scholar for the opportunity to meet two students from the program at an evening social event:
Attend the event:
August 23rd 6:30 - 8:30pm, 2018
Granite Tile and Slab
16120 Woodinville-Redmond Road #15, Woodinville

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