RICHLAND -- New scholarships worth more than $50,000 are being offered through community partners for future students at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland.
"We are excited and thankful that so many organizations are stepping forward to help new students attend our campus," said Sharon Holden, director of advancement and regional development at WSU Tri-Cities. "Our campus offers a great support system for students who need to stay close to home but have the dream and the potential to achieve a bachelor's degree."
Most of the new scholarships are in partnership with the Hispanic Academic Achievers Program, including:
* $10,000 chancellor's award
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* Six $5,000 scholarships (one for each HAAP member school district)
* $1,000 Blanca Torres memorial scholarship
* $1,000 URS HAAP scholarship
The HAAP students should download the application from http://www.haap.org and mail the completed application by March 15 to be considered for the WSU Tri-Cities and other HAAP scholarships. The WSU Tri-Cities scholarships are for full-time freshmen starting in fall 2012.
In addition, the Richland Kiwanis and WSU Tri-Cities announced three new scholarships, courtesy of the Curran Family Scholarship Endowment.
The Curran family is financing three $2,500 scholarships for graduates from Richland high schools who wish to attend WSU Tri-Cities as full-time students beginning this fall. Seniors graduating from Richland High, Hanford High, Liberty Christian, River's Edge High and Tri-Tech Skills Center are eligible.
Find the link to the Richland Kiwanis Foundation scholarship application at http://www.tricity.wsu.edu. The completed application must be received by April 1.
Additional new scholarships this spring include:
* Gesa Credit Union is celebrating its 100,000th member with a new scholarship. In addition to its 10 existing $2,000 scholarships, a new scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to one student who is a Gesa Credit Union member and who is planning to attend WSU Tri-Cities in fall 2012. Applications are at http://www.gesa.com and must be received by Feb. 28.
* Fluor provided $10,000 in engineering scholarships to new and returning students. These are being awarded through the WSU Tri-Cities scholarship application process.
"Our students are experiencing unprecedented tuition increases at a time when the state needs more college-educated employees," Holden said. "All scholarship donations from a business, non-profit or individual are welcome at WSU Tri-Cities."
WSU Tri-Cities was established in 1989 with upper division and graduate programs, In 2007, it expanded to a four-year undergraduate campus offering 18 bachelor's, 10 master's and six doctoral degrees. Learn more about the most diverse campus in the WSU system at http://www.tricity.wsu.edu or call 509-372-7264.