VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver presented two Community Awards of Distinction Oct. 12 at its annual Scholarship and Service Recognition Dinner.
 
The award for Community Partnership was presented to the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington. The award for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion was presented to Teresa Williamson, youth services/access to recreation/inclusion coordinator for the Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation.
 
The Community Award of Distinction was established in 2009 by then-Chancellor H.A. “Hal” Dengerink as part of WSU Vancouver’s 20th anniversary celebration. Dengerink believed strongly in the reciprocal relationship between the university and the community – when one thrives, both prosper.
 
Nominations for the Community Award of Distinction were collected throughout the summer and winners were selected by committee.
 
WSU Vancouver’s Scholarship and Recognition Dinner brings together scholarship donors and award winners for an evening of celebration. This year $325,000 in scholarships was awarded to 142 students.