The Aija Matthews Education Scholarship Fund is in memory of Ajia Da'Shae Matthews, who passed away in 2009 at a young age due to a medical condition. AMESF scholarships for Washington State high school graduates in pursuit of a higher education. Criteria for these awards include academic performance, school involvement, character, leadership, and employment history and community service. Students planning to attend two or four-year colleges or technical colleges are encouraged to apply. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible.