Local business donates first scholarship to 2008 freshman

RICHLAND – Advanced Technologies and Laboratories International has donated two freshmen scholarships to Washington State University Tri-Cities.

One of the $6,000 scholarships is for the 2007 incoming class. The second $6,000 scholarship is the first donated for the Richland campus’ second wave of freshmen – the class that starts in fall 2008.
“Our resources are limited, but we see this as a good value to the community – to the Tri-Cities and to the Department of Energy workforce,” said Jou Hwang, who co-owns ATL with his wife, Alice Hwang.

“ATL is looking to the future of continued analysis and broadened horizons in nuclear and technological fields. But we’ll need a resource pool to draw from as our needs for technological expertise increase,” Hwang said.  “This partnership with WSU Tri-Cities is a first step in acquiring necessary technical resources for the future.”

Since beginning full operations in 1995, ATL has grown to about 150 employees with offices in Richland, New Mexico, Ohio, and headquarters in Maryland. ATL provides customer support in the areas of health, safeguards and security, safety, environmental compliance and assessment, radiochemistry and radioanalysis, and information technologies.

“This investment by ATL – a small, woman-owned business – is especially noteworthy,” WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Vicky Carwein said. “With applications still coming in for the fall 2007 freshman class, ATL’s pledge of a 2008 freshman scholarship shows forward-thinking and a very welcome commitment to being part of the campus’ future.”

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