Kitsap Bank has donated $25,000 to the Western Washington University Foundation to establish a pair of renewable $2,500 scholarships for students attending WWU Center at Olympic College Poulsbo.
The scholarships were announced at Kitsap Bank's edg3 FUND small business competition on Thursday, Nov. 17.
“We are very pleased to support Western Washington University and their work with Olympic College to bring four-year degrees to the peninsulas. These programs allow students to remain close to home while pursuing a first-rate education, and help to grow and retain talent in our local community," said Tony George, Kitsap Bank’s president and chief operating officer.
The scholarships will go to two students per academic year who are enrolled in any of the four-year programs in Poulsbo being offered by Western's College of Business and Economics or who are enrolled in Western's Computer and Information Systems Security (CISS) program. Recipients will have to demonstrate academic excellence through a 3.0 GPA or higher and must reside in the bank's market area of Kitsap, Mason, Jefferson, Clallam, or Pierce counties.
“We are very appreciative to receive this vote of confidence from Kitsap Bank. It is just the latest and strongest example of the support we have received from the region’s business, industry, and governmental leaders. While this gift is an acknowledgement of Western’s efforts to serve the people of the Peninsulas, it ultimately is a critical investment in the region’s most valuable asset, its people,” said Earl Gibbons, vice provost for Extended Education at Western.
The scholarships can be used to help pay for any costs associated with the students' educational expenses, including tuition, books, supplies and materials.
For more information, contact WWU Vice President for University Advancement Stephanie Bowers at firstname.lastname@example.org.