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214 to be awarded
WSU Tri-Cities to recognize winners of $431,000 in scholarships
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012
By Melissa O'Neil Perdue, WSU Tri-Cities
RICHLAND, Wash. — The recipients of $431,000 worth of scholarships and their donors will be recognized Aug. 17 during the annual Scholarship Breakfast for Washington State University Tri-Cities.
The event is at the Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., breakfast is served at 8 a.m. and the program begins at 8:15 a.m. The Scholarship Breakfast is by invitation only, with nearly 300 people expected to attend.
The $431,000 in scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year is a $52,000 increase over last year, up 13.7 percent because of increased donations from the community and from federal and state grant awards.
This annual event gives donors a chance to meet the students whose education is being supported. And it allows students to personally thank the individuals and businesses investing in their education.
"I am here after quite a long road, and my scholarships have been the most benefit for me in that they have encouraged me to continue and to work hard,” said Rosa Mitchell, a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering who is receiving three scholarships.
"In scholarships, no amount is too small,” said Barbara French, president of Northwest Technical Resources, which donates $24,000 annually for engineering scholarships. "It can be as small as providing funding for one semester for a graduating senior to go over the final bit to have that degree. "
A total of 214 scholarships are being awarded, compared with 203 scholarships last year. And a total of 206 students are receiving scholarships, up from last year’s 179 students (several students received more than one award).
Most of the scholarship recipients simply would not be able to earn a degree without scholarships. About 50 percent of WSU Tri-Cities students are the first in their families to attend college, and 40 percent of WSU Tri-Cities students come from low-income families.
The Scholarship Breakfast also serves to launch fall semester at WSU Tri-Cities. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 20, at all WSU campuses.
WSU Tri-Cities is located along the scenic Columbia River in Richland, Wash. Established in 1989 with upper division and graduate programs, WSU Tri-Cities expanded in 2007 to a full four-year undergraduate campus offering 18 bachelor’s, 10 master’s, and six doctoral degree programs. Learn more at www.tricity.wsu.edu.
Melissa O’Neil Perdue, WSU Tri-Cities Marketing and Communications Manager, 509-372-7319, cell/text 509-727-3094, email@example.com