RICHLAND, Wash. – Nearly $370,000 worth of scholarships will be awarded to Washington State University Tri-Cities students at the annual Scholarship Recognition Breakfast at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick.
 
The by-invitation event will highlight several students who have overcome unique challenges and, with the help of scholarship support, are on track to earn a bachelor’s degree.
 
One of those is Kuch Yual, a refugee who experienced the horrors of civil war in his home nation of Sudan. Recipient of a Harlan P. Foote Memorial Scholarship, he is fulfilling his dream of earning a degree in nursing.
“I am motivated to work harder than I ever have before, so I can honor those who support me,” he said.
 
Scholarships are vital to students at WSU Tri-Cities. Almost all of the students hold down at least one job and, therefore, are balancing work and family obligations with their studies.

So every dollar counts, from the $70,000 in Washington River Protection Solutions scholarships to the two $2,500 scholarships donated by Betty Bement-Adams, an alumna of the campus, in memory of Harlan P. Foote.

With annual tuition increases, WSU Tri-Cities students are seeking financial support. In fall 2009, there were 119 applications for WSU scholarships. For fall 2011, there were 535 applications – that’s a 350 percent increase.

Donors of the 203 scholarships being awarded for the 2011-2012 academic year will be seated with the students they are supporting, giving students the opportunity to personally thank the businesses and individuals who are investing in their education. In all, more than 200 people are expected to attend the event.
 
Fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 22, on all WSU campuses.
 
Washington State University Tri-Cities, located along the Columbia River in Richland, Wash., offers 18 baccalaureate, 10 master’s and six doctoral degrees. For more information about the most diverse campus in the WSU system, visit www.tricity.wsu.edu or contact the WSU Tri-Cities Office of Advancement and Regional Development at give@tricity.wsu.edu or 509-372-7264.
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Media contact:
Melissa O’Neil Perdue, WSU Tri-Cities, 509-372-7319, cell 509-727-3094, moneil@tricity.wsu.edu