Foundation awards $740,000

IMG_4659The Centralia College Foundation is celebrating its most successful campaign ever by awarding more than $740,000 in educational funding to 254 Centralia College students for the 2014-15 academic year.

This amount represents a 20 percent increase over the amount awarded in 2013, and illustrates the unprecedented generosity of foundation donors over the last campaign year, said Julie Johnson, director of donor and alumni relations.

This year’s awards are being distributed to students as scholarships, financial aid, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) grants, and tuition waivers. Of the 254 students receiving awards, 217 are pursuing associate degrees/certificates, 26 are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Applied Management, and 11 are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Diesel Technology.

The average award is about $2,551 for students pursing associate degrees/certificates and $2,000 for students in the bachelor’s programs.

“This is life-changing money for our students and that’s an amazing feeling. We have only our donors to thank for their incredible generosity and commitment to education,” Johnson said. “But, every year, the financial needs at the college increase and the foundation is constantly striving to meet those needs. We’re already fundraising for 2015!”

Students can begin applying for 2015-16 scholarships from the Centralia College Foundation on Dec. 1. The deadline for scholarship applications for the 2015-16 year will be March 1. Applications will be available on the college’s website.

For more information on the Centralia College Foundation, donor options, or scholarship opportunities, visit or call 360-739-9391, ext. 290.

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