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Meet: Jairo Leonardo Flores Torres

jairo4-225x300A May 2014 WSU graduate, Jairo has achieved a goal that he once thought impossible—graduating from college. He credits scholarships as the key that opened the door to great opportunities in his career and future. Now, he has his sights set on paying it forward through a career in the health care field.

My inspiration:

My parents wanted to pursue professional careers but their economic status meant that for them, college wasn’t an option. They’ve always insisted that I strive for a higher education, so I am very inspired to succeed both academically and professionally—for them … » More …

Meet: Paige Blue

Taylor-3For graduating senior Paige Blue, scholarships opened the door to greater opportunity. With more time to focus on her education, Paige has excelled  as a genetics and cell biology major and has devoted her time at WSU to helping others through her academic leadership and service in several on- and off-campus programs. 

I am…
Paige Blue, and I’ll be graduating in 2014 with a degree in genetics and cell biology and a minor in psychology and pre-genetic counseling.

My scholarships are important to me because…
They have helped lessen the load of college tuition and … » More …

Meet: Rachael Gerboth

I am…
Rachael Gerboth, and I’m excited to be graduating with a degree in biochemistry this May.

On scholarships…
My scholarships have helped me to afford some of the costs of my undergraduate education. This is especially important to me because I am anticipating the costs of pharmacy school as well.

Gerboth-2How I chose my major…
I grew up in Kennewick, Wash. We have a national laboratory and the Hanford site, so I was surrounded by science. Deciding to study science at WSU was a natural choice for me. I enjoyed an honors … » More …

Meet: Carly MacKinnon

A member of WSU’s two-time national rugby championship team, Carly MacKinnon knows that accomplishing her goals requires focus and endurance—and a little support from the Cougar family. Thanks to the help of generous scholarship donors, Carly has achieved her goal of graduating from college and is now working toward her dream to transform rugby into a major world sport.

Carly_n-300x225My inspiration is…

My father. At an early age, he planted a positive seed in my head about the importance of education. Although he passed away when I was 13, my dedication to my studies throughout my … » More …

Meet: Ben James

A junior civil engineering major with a Spanish minor, Ben knows that achieving big dreams requires a lot of hard work. Thanks to scholarship support, the Chugiak, Alaska native now have the extra motivation needed for his dreams of becoming a pilot in the US Air Force to take flight.

Ben-James-3-300x244I’ve always wanted to…

Be a pilot, to fly. My dad retired from the Air Force and even though I want to join, he always stressed the importance of education. My dream after school is to become a commissioned officer in the Air Force and learn … » More …

Meet: Lisa Heard (’13)

Lisa Heard '13

A young woman with big dreams, May 2013 graduate Lisa Heard knows that facing challenges is all about finding the right inspiration. Thanks to receiving the Edythe Miller Boucher Endowed Scholarship in Business her junior and senior years, she learned about (and has taken inspiration from) another WSU alumna—a 1934 business graduate known for her verve. Following graduation, Lisa moved to New York City where she is working in the ad sales division for TIME Magazine.

Inspiration crosses generations…

I was so excited when I got Edythe’s scholarship. I kept a photo of her on the wall in my bedroom for inspiration. I admire … » More …

Meet: Jacob Brandvold

The impact of scholarships should never be underestimated. For Jacob Brandvold, scholarships enabled a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that helped him discover how his passion for animals could give a bigger purpose to his life.

Jacob knew he wanted to be a veterinarian since he was a young child. In his youth, he worked toward that dream by reading books and articles about animals and seeking opportunities to work with veterinarians.

“My passion for animals continues to grow, and what I learned about the demands and stress of the profession—things that might seem daunting to … » More …

Meet: Ashley Nilson

Donor funded scholarships are essential. There are many stories of students who would have had to forego their college educations had it not been for the generosity of donors and the scholarships they received. Ashley Nilson lived one of those stories.

A senior from Spokane Valley studying neuroscience with minors in chemistry and Spanish, Ashley is a recipient of the Senior Scholarship Fund.  This generosity is what is allowing her to continue her education at WSU.

Created in 1999, the Senior Scholarship Fund is an endowed fund comprised of senior class gifts to provide … » More …

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