VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver held its third annual scholarship luncheon Sept. 29, providing scholarship donors the opportunity to meet student recipients and hear from two student speakers on the assistance their respective scholarships have provided. 


Marvin Nelson, who with his family in 2001 established the Shirley Mae Nelson Memorial Scholarship, offered a donor’s perspective on why scholarship giving is particularly meaningful.

When the campus was first established in 1989, scholarship support was $500. Thirteen years later support has grown to more than $1.6 million in annual and endowed scholarship funds.

WSU Vancouver awarded 47 scholarships totaling more than $70,000 to students enrolled for the 2003-2004 academic year. Individual scholarships range from $200 to $5,000 and are supported by private gifts to WSU Vancouver from individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations.

“The scholarship program at WSU Vancouver has shown steady growth, thanks to the continuing support of community donors dedicated to helping a growing number of students finance their education,” said Hal Dengerink, chancellor. “We are deeply appreciative for their ongoing commitment to higher education.”

New this year is the Brian Baird and Rachel Nugent Scholarship, which was awarded to two WSU Vancouver students. Congressman Baird and his wife (Nugent) created the award to encourage young people to care about the importance of political involvement.

Four students were awarded the John Robert Brown Endowed Scholarship this year. Mr. Brown and his family once owned and farmed the property on which the WSU Vancouver campus is now situated. He created the scholarship fund that enables high-achieving, community college transfer students to obtain a bachelor’s degree at the campus that was once his home.

For more information on supporting WSU Vancouver scholarships, contact the Office of Campus Advancement at (360) 546-9600.

Scholarship recipients for the 2003-2004 academic year include:

American Association of University Women

D’Alene White, Vancouver

Brian Baird and Rachel Nugent Scholarships

Kevin Healy and Sonia Seise, both of Vancouver

Business Alumni Student Scholarship

Ursula Perkins, Vancouver

Business Faculty and Staff Scholarship

Eric Gebhardt, Battle Ground

Brown-Neuberger Leadership Award

Louis Mitchell, Bremerton

Columbia Credit Union Scholarships

Donae Obenland, Vancouver, and Shannon Richards, Ridgefield

Columbia Machine Scholarship

Debra Pollock, Battle Ground

Computer Science Scholarship

Harold Harrsch III, Vancouver

Dupar Foundation Business Scholarships

Barbara Hovey, Silver Lake, and Susan Tjahjadi, Vancouver

E. Faye Volker and George W. Volker Endowed Scholarship

Ivy McCanta, Ridgefield

Education Student Award

Lauren O’Neal, Vancouver

Glenn Terrell Endowed Scholarships

Tiffany Angstron Silvius and Reid Lantz, both of Vancouver


Harold F. and Beatrice A. Boutwell Endowed Scholarship

Matthew Donald, Woodland; Cheryl Hess, Vancouver; and Emanuel Pauwels and Miranda Gellert, both of Washougal

Harvey A. Rubin and Gayle Dailey Rubin Endowed Scholarships

David Howard, Suzanne Sooter and Dave Dyk, all of Vancouver

John Robert Brown Endowed Scholarship

Kathleen Dugas, Kelso; Elizabeth Houston, Vancouver; Berednice Dominguez, Aloha, Ore.; and Sam Rader, Washougal

LM Hidden Charitable Trust Scholarships

Ellice Haas and Alyssa Marlowe, both from Vancouver; Jennifer Lasher and Michelle Mattson, both from Ridgefield; and Erin Young, Battleground

Luretta “Lou” Fairweather Memorial Scholarship

Joan Rabideau, Longview

Major James Allan Scholarship

Adam Herbenson, Vancouver

Manufacturing Engineering Scholarships

David Nylund and John Willette, both from Brush Prairie

Maxine McReynolds Kirmaier Memorial Endowed Scholarships

Stacey Johnson and Renee Wood-Wagnild, both from Vancouver

Non-Traditional Student Scholarship

Deborah Langley, Vancouver

WSU Vancouver Psychology Department Scholarships

Shannon Dirks, Sandy, Ore., and James Rollins, Longview

Riverview Community Bank Scholarships

Victoria Hood, Kelso, and Tamara Smith, Vancouver

Shirley Mae Nelson Education Scholarship

Marlena Schmit, Vancouver

Tom McKay and Lois McBride Hougan Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Eric Gebhardt, Battle Ground

Washington Society of CPAs (SW Chapter) Scholarship

Tanya Bogush, Vancouver