BECU Partners in Funding the Bright Promise Scholarship Program

November 29, 2016

BECU has joined Associated Industries and Regence BlueShield/Asuris NW Health in funding half-tuition scholarships for students at Eastern Washington University and the Community Colleges of Spokane for the 2017/2018 school year through the Bright Promise Scholarship Program.

“The addition of BECU to the contributors for the 2017/2018 scholarships from Bright Promise is going to give the program the ability to provide approximately 12 more students the financial support they need to develop their talents and become vital assets to our business community. With every students’ success, we are growing a stronger workforce and brighter future for the Spokane area,” said Jim DeWalt, president and CEO, Associated Industries. “This generous donation highlights the spirit of giving in the BECU family and their commitment to the people of the greater Spokane community. We are proud to call them our partner in business and through Bright Promise.”

The Bright Promise Scholarship Program has provided more than 150 students with half-tuition scholarships over the last eight years. The program is projecting it will grant close to 35 scholarships for the 2017/2018 school year with the additional support of BECU, which is the largest credit union in Washington.

“Associated Industries’ Bright Promise Scholarship Program is a perfect fit for BECU’s mission to help the people in our community succeed,” said Steve Hauschild, BECU’s director of business lending and Eastern Washington market leader. “Empowering a person with an education is a life-long gift and the results create a ripple-effect throughout the entire community. A chance to make a long-term difference is exactly the kind of opportunity BECU wants to be a part of.”

The Bright Promise Scholarship Program was established in 2008 to provide half-tuition scholarships to students pursuing degrees in four areas of study at Eastern Washington University and the Community Colleges of Spokane:

  • Business
  • Technology
  • Health services
  • Manufacturing technology

Applications are reviewed by a committee of local business owners and professionals. Scholarships are awarded to the top candidates who illustrate that they are community-minded, passionate in their career paths, and committed to their education with an additional emphasis being placed on veteran and non-traditional student applicants. The program depends on contributions and now has the backing of BECU, Regence BlueShield/Asuris NW Health, and Associated Industries.

“We are pleased to join BECU and Associated industries in supporting Bright Promise and their mission to support students in the Inland Northwest,” said Brady Cass, President of Asuris Northwest Health. “We greatly admire Associated Industries and their dedication to leaving the world better than they found it and are grateful for this partnership.”

For information on how you can support the Bright Promise Scholarship Program contact Associated Industries. Non-traditional students wanting to apply to the program, please contact the financial aid office at EWU or one of the Community College campuses to get help applying this spring.

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