March 16, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Kirsten Birkeland, 360/546-9602,
        VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Students at Washington State University at Vancouver have additional opportunities for scholarship dollars with the establishment of four new scholarship funds.
        The scholarships were established within the past few months, says WSU Vancouver development coordinator Tammy Ford, noting that as individuals and organizations learn more about the university, they see the impact their support will have.
        "There is just a greater amount of awareness of WSU Vancouver's students, our faculty and our mission," she says. "Each of these scholarships come from people and organizations who have had direct, positive interactions with the university and have seen first-hand how their involvement can make a significant difference."
        The four new funds all come from private donors, two of whom are WSU alumni. The largest gift, $15,000 from the Hidden Charitable Trust, will provide five $3,000 L.M. Hidden Scholarships to undergraduate students in the next academic year. Established by the Hidden family in 1994, the Hidden Charitable Trust supports various local charitable organizations which focus on the family's commitment to historic preservation and community service.
        Columbia Machine, a local equipment manufacturer, has established a $1,000 scholarship for manufacturing engineering students. A world producer of concrete block manufacturing equipment, Columbia Machine is one of many local industries participating in the development and growth of the bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering.
        1957 WSU graduate Tom Hougan established the Lois McBride Hougan Memorial Scholarship in honor of his wife, a 1956 alumna, who passed away in 1998. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a business student. Tom Hougan, who retired in 1995 as president and CEO of Gerber Advertising Agency in Portland, is in his second semester as an adjunct marketing professor at WSU Vancouver. He is also a former trustee of the WSU Foundation and a member of WSU's Murrow School of Communications Advisory Board.
        1995 WSU Vancouver graduate Deborah Walker established The Irene Walker Memorial Scholarship in memory of her mother-in-law. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a business student. A WSU Vancouver scholarship recipient herself, Walker established the scholarship to provide current WSU Vancouver students with similar opportunities for financial assistance. With her husband Bill, Walker now owns and operates Alpha Advantages, a permanent placement and executive search firm.
        The donations bring to nearly $40,000 the total number of dollars awarded each year to WSU Vancouver students through private donations of annually funded and endowed scholarships. The funds have increased significantly since WSU Vancouver was first designated a branch campus in 1989. Then serving fewer than 200 students, the campus offered just one $500 scholarship award. Today, approximately 1,500 WSU Vancouver students have access to a total of 26 privately funded, local scholarships, in addition to a number of departmental and university-wide scholarships.
        The scholarships will be awarded beginning fall semester, which begins Aug. 23. Deadline to apply for most WSU Vancouver scholarships is June 1; applications for the L.M. Hidden Scholarships are due April 25.
        More information about establishing a scholarship at WSU Vancouver can be obtained by calling Ford in WSU Vancouver's Office of Campus Advancement at 360/546-9604. More information about applying for scholarships can be obtained from WSU Vancouver's Office of Financial Aid at 360/546-9568.
        WSU Vancouver provides junior-, senior- and graduate-level courses leading to bachelor's and master's degrees to approximately 1,500 students on its 351-acre campus seven miles north of the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area.


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