Tacoma teen wins $25K scholarship

Pierson Clair of Bellarmine Prep founded a local campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Pierson Clair of Tacoma, who founded a Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, to help raise money to build houses for needy people, has won a $25,000 college scholarship as a national winner in this year’s AXA Achievement Scholarship sponsored by the AXA Foundation in association with U.S. News & World Report, it was announced Wednesday.

Pierson founded, recruited volunteers for and raised money for a Habitat of Humanity chapter, one of only two recognized high school chapters in the state of Washington. He handled all of the administrative details to charter the chapter, which has donated 580 hours to five houses in the area.

Pierson is one of 52 winners of AXA Achievement college scholarships totaling $670,000, which represents one of the largest corporate scholarship programs in the U.S.

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