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Community Foundation of NCW awards $542,816 in scholarship funds to students across the region

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Wenatchee Kiwanis Club President Doug Head (left) and Community Foundation Executive Director Beth Stipe (right) honor Wenatchee Kiwanis Scholarship recipient, Tammy Doan. Tammy will be attending the University of Washington this fall to study Neurobiology. (Photo courtesy of Community Foundation of NCW)

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington (NCW) has awarded $542,816 in scholarships to 152 students across North Central Washington. This is the largest scholarship award total disbursed from the foundation to date.

The Community Foundation of NCW manages 97 unique scholarship funds established by generous individuals, families, and businesses that feel passionate about helping students ease the financial burden of pursuing a college degree.

Each scholarship is unique with varying criteria. While many focus on academic achievement, most seek to support the hard working students that show great potential and have a significant financial need.

“It’s an honor to award this amount of scholarships for our donors, who truly care about helping our local students get to college and achieve their dreams.” Executive Director Beth Stipe said. “We are continually humbled by the generous people in our region. The future is brighter for these students, thanks to their support.”

A total of 1,472 applications were received and reviewed by selection committees, comprised over 237 community volunteers.

“Our volunteers spend many hours reviewing applications. We are grateful to have dedicated people who are passionate about supporting higher education opportunities for all students in the region” Stipe added.

Community Foundation scholarships are offered annually. The next round of scholarship applications opens January 1, 2018 with most applications due on March 1st.

A full listing of scholars can be found here, and more information can be found at www.cfncw.org.

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington’s mission is to grow, protect, and connect charitable gifts in support of strong communities throughout Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. Established in 1986, the Community Foundation manages $64 million in assets through 400 individualized funds and has awarded over $35 million in grants and scholarships.

(By Jennifer Dolge)

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