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2011-12 Scholarship Issue

The Power of Scholarships Independent Colleges of Washington believes in the power of scholarships. So do our generous donors, who contributed more than $1 million last year to support students attending our colleges. These gifts created specific, named scholarships for 176 students and helped thousands more by boosting the general financial aid available through the colleges for the 2011-12 academic year. We celebrate the companies and organizations that support students at Washington’s independent colleges. We also celebrate the wonderful, capable and grateful students for whom new worlds of possibilities are being realized because of this financial assistance. Many of them would not be in college without help from our friends. Thank you!

It Takes Help from Many for LowIncome Students to Attend College Paying for college is a frequent topic among parents, students, college administrators, legislators, news media - everyone with an interest in higher education. Funding can come from a variety of places, and having a diversity of sources is critical.

Donor Aid Grants and Scholarships from the College State Grants

Federal Grants

Student and Family Support: Savings, Work-Study, Loans

Omar Hopes to Honor the Generosity of Scholarship Donors Low-income youth in rural Washington can face college access challenges distinctly different than students from urban areas: fewer college preparation resources, distant campus locations, and lower average family incomes. But Omar I., Whitman College senior from Underwood, Washington, demonstrates that hard work, perseverance and robust financial aid from multiple sources can open endless doors for motivated students. With a nearly flawless high school GPA and extra-curricular activities, all while working 20 hours a week to help support his family, Omar was academically prepared but had high financial need. As he compared the “net-price” of colleges, he found that the significant financial aid from private colleges and the assistance of outside resources made it possible to attend the college that fit him best. At Whitman, Omar has flourished: he is graduating with honors this spring in history, with his senior thesis based on field research conducted in Argentina. He has been the president of Whitman’s First-Generation and Working Class Students organization, served as a Student Academic Advisor to first-year students, and was a reporter for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. After graduation he will be teaching in low-performing schools for the next two years and hopes to earn a Ph.D. in Latin American studies. “[Being] the first member of my family to attend a fouryear college has meant a tremendous amount to us. The education I have received... has not only helped me find stable and meaningful work, but has also made me a more capable, thoughtful and engaged world-citizen. I can only hope that I will be able to use my education in a manner that honors the generosity of donors.”

Gonzaga University • Heritage University • Pacific Lutheran University • Saint Martin’s University • Seattle Pacific University Seattle University • University of Puget Sound • Walla Walla University • Whitman College • Whitworth University

Without these amazing scholarships I truly would not have the opportunity to be the first in my family to go to college. When I learned that I qualified for state and federal grants, and many scholarships, I had never been so thankful and shocked in my life. I am grateful for all the aid. Tigist A., ‘15 Nursing, Seattle: State Need Grant, Work-Study, Pell Grant, ICW & College Aid, Loans

Gene Colin: Proud ICW Partner

[Financial aid] opens the doors for our future. Without it, we would never be able to go to college, reach our dreams and contribute positively to our communities. Raymond C.-E., ‘13 Social Work & Criminal Justice, Sunnyside: State Need Grant, Work-Study, Pell Grant, ICW & College Aid, Loans

Scholarships for Aca

Named Scholarships

Endowment or annual gifts of $10,000 or more, distributed to students at our member colleges.

I’m proud to be a partner with ICW. Student aid is so important to the future of our society. I’ve seen its impact. The partnership among families, the college, the governmental sources of aid and private donors is a powerful foundation of support for students. As a former member of the Higher Education Coordinating Board, I’ve seen the positive difference the state can make when it places a high priority on ensuring student aid is available and college is affordable for students. I’ve met the students who were empowered to choose the college that was right for them. I’ve seen the impact this partnership can make. It really takes all of us working together. Gene Colin CEO, Ferguson Construction, 8 year donor to ICW

»» Richard E. Bangert Business Award* »» E.K. & Lillian F. Bishop Foundation Scholarship* »» The Boeing Company Scholarship* »» Violet A. Boyer/ICW Scholarship »» COSTCO Wholesale Scholarship »» Garrett J. Goodchild Achievement Award* »» Go For It! School Employees Credit Union of Washington/ PEMCO Insurance Scholarship »» HSBC Bank-North America Scholarship »» ICW Board of Directors Scholarship »» ICW Transfer Scholarship »» David M. Irwin Friend of Higher Education Award* »» Stanley O. McNaughton Community Service Award* »» Norcliffe Foundation Scholarship »» William G. Saletic Scholarship* »» Totem Ocean Trailer Express Scholarship »» United Parcel Service Foundation Scholarship * Endowment Fund

Financial aid has allowed me to follow my dreams and goals. I hope to show kids who have to pay for their own education that there are people that want you to succeed, and that anything is possible. I am so very thankful and appreciative...of this amazing opportunity. Katara B.-S., ‘15 Health Sciences, Spokane: State Need Grant, Pell Grant, ICW & College Aid, Loans

Matched College Savings Program

Very low-income student’s savings account contributions are matched with both federal and private dollars at a 5:1 ratio, to be used for educational expenses at ICW colleges. »» BNSF Foundation »» Council of Independent Colleges/ Foundation for Independent Higher Education »» Dupar Foundation »» Ferguson Construction »» Robert Fuller »» Kenneth J. and Beryl N. Goodchild »» Steven T. Seward »» Sterling Bank »» Wells Fargo »» Wollenberg Foundation

Next Step Transfer Scholarship Thanks to the generous support of attorneys and law firms in the Puget Sound region, ICW awarded scholarships to transfer students attending each of our ten member institutions for the 2011-12 academic year. »» Colleen Kinerk and Dan Kilpatric »» Miller Nash LLP »» Danielson Harrigan Leyh & Tollefson

As a father of three and combat veteran, it has been difficult to make ends meet while getting my degree. The Next Step Scholarship has been a big help ... and allowed me to purchase the books I needed. Thank you for the support! Rich C., ‘13 Mechanical Engineering, Chehalis: Yellow Ribbon/GI Bill, Work-Study, ICW & College Aid, Loans

I thank everyone who has made receiving financial aid possible. I am grateful for what you do, and so is my family. I am one of eight children, my father is 72, and my mother is an immigrant. Neither of my parents went to college. These gifts allow me to continue my education and pursue my aspirations as a servant to the community. Ashley C., ‘14 Sociology, Tacoma: State Need Grant, Work-Study, Pell Grant,ICW & College Aid, Loans

ademic Year 2011-2012 Leaders for Tomorrow Fund

The Leaders for Tomorrow Scholarship Fund helps students at all ten ICW member colleges. 100% of each gift is distributed to ICW colleges to use for student scholarships. Donors giving $1,000 or more are listed below. A full donor list may be viewed at: »» The Anderson Foundation »» Anonymous »» Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation »» Banner Bank »» Brooks Manufacturing Company »» George D. Bartell »» Columbia Bank »» Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. »» The O. D. Fisher Charitable Fund/ The Seattle Foundation »» Foss Maritime Company »» Green Diamond Resource Company »» Gull Industries, Inc. »» William W. Kilworth Foundation »» Nordstrom »» PACCAR Inc »» Parker Smith & Feek, Inc. »» Principal Financial Group »» Rabel Family Advised Fund/ The Seattle Foundation

Thank you for keeping the education of my generation and future generations in mind. My parents are both teachers, but they are putting three children through college. Without outside support many of us would not be able to get ... an education. Joseph J., ‘12 Nursing and Health Science, Spangle: State Need Grant, Pell Grant, ICW & College Aid, Loans

Nadine S.: Student Aid Advocate

Leaders for Tomorrow Fund (cont.) »» Skanska USA Building Inc. »» The Spokesman-Review »» The Titus Will Families Foundation »» Tulalip Tribes »» U.S. Bancorp Foundation »» Washington State Auto Dealers Association »» Wells Fargo Foundation »» Howard S. Wright Constructors »» Wright Runstad & Company

ACE Scholarships

The Access to a College Education (ACE) scholarship distributes $24,000 over four years to selected students with exceptionally high financial need. »» Anderson Foundation »» Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. »» Ferguson Construction »» Gene Colin »» Nordstrom »» PEMCO Foundation »» Wollenberg Foundation For more information, visit or contact Anne Cassidy at 206.623.4494. ICW is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Gifts are tax deductible.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a remarkable place and receive a quality education. I have been called to help those in need. I would like to thank everyone who supports financial aid, and for this opportunity. Thank you for all the hard work you do ... on and off the scenes. Saul M., ‘13 Business, Pasco: State Need Grant, Pell Grant, ICW & College Aid, Loans

Without financial aid, college expenses would merely be too great for me to attend - and it would be difficult to complete a degree in four years. I hope to become a geriatrician and give back to the elderly who have given our society so much already. Thank you for allowing these programs to continue. They have benefitted many students, and their further continuation will benefit so many more. Nadine S., ‘12 Health Science, College Place: State Need Grant, Pell Grant, ICW & College Aid, Loans. Nadine supported future students by rallying classmates to send hundreds of messages to legislators.

Financial aid allows me the opportunity to better myself while pursuing a degree in a field that I love. My mom lost her job this year, and I lost State Need Grant. With further cuts, I might have to drop out of school...Thank you for all of the support. Melanie B., ‘13 Electrical Engineering, Seattle: Pell Grant, ICW & College Aid, Loans


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Success! Congratulations to the 7,500 new undergraduates completing their first year and the 9,000 graduates earning a degree in the class of 2012! Our gratitude to all who support students at independent colleges.

ICW Scholarship Newsletter 2011-12 (May 2012)  

Independent Colleges of Washington believes in the power of scholarships. So do our generous donors, who contributed more than $1 million la...