Community Foundation of NCW Awards $576,272 in Scholarships to Local Students
The Community Foundation of NCW (CFNCW) has awarded $576,272 in scholarships to 151 students entering or continuing their education at college, university, and trade schools.
This is the largest amount of awards the foundation has disbursed in a scholarship season to date.
The foundation manages over 100 unique scholarships, established by individuals and families who are passionate about supporting education for local students. Scholarship criteria varies from academic performance, to field of study, to overcoming obstacles and potential for success. Most scholarships aim to support those with the greatest financial need.
Over 200 volunteers from across the NCW region serve on selection committees that determine final award recipients. Committees may have between 5 and 100 applications to review.
“We are so grateful for the hard work of our scholarship selection committee volunteers” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director. “They are instrumental in helping us find the right recipient for the award that meets the intent of the scholarship. We can’t thank them enough for their participation in this process.”
Thanks to a partnership with the Central Washington University (CWU) Foundation, students attending CWU will have their Community Foundation scholarships matched by the school, up to $2,500 per award. This year those students will receive a total $30,650 in matched scholarships.
“We could not be more pleased to partner with CFNCW in providing this scholarship match program” said Scott Wade, executive director of the CWU Foundation. “Not only does it provide students the aspiration to go to college, but also the financial means to accomplish their dreams and become life-long leaders and learns in the places they work and communities that they serve.”
Scholarships for 2019 open in December of 2018 with most applications due by March 1st.