EvCC Foundation breakfast raises $105,000 to support student scholarships, college programs

Press Release

Release Date: April 26, 2017

Contact: John Olson, Executive Director of the EvCC Foundation, 425-388-9404; jolson@everettcc.edu

EvCC Foundation breakfast raises $105,000 to support student scholarships, college programs

Photo: Washington State University President Kirk Schulz speaks at the Everett Community College Foundation breakfast on Tuesday. (Photo by William Frankhouser.)

EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Community College Foundation’s April 25 breakfast raised a record-setting $105,000 to support student scholarships and college programs. 

More than 450 people attended the breakfast, which featured keynote speaker Washington State University President Kirk Schulz. EvCC alumnus Dr. Luis Acevedo and advanced manufacturing student Jaxon Janet Kronberger also spoke about how their scholarships affected their futures. 

“What I heard was that someone believed in me. That I was worth it. That I could do more and be more,” said Kronberger, who completed high school through EvCC then went on to study precision machining and mechatronics at the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center. 

At the breakfast, EvCC President David Beyer surprised Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson with the college’s first President’s Community Partner award. The new award is part of the college’s 75th anniversary celebration and honors those who have supported the college’s mission. 

“This award recognizes Mayor Stephanson’s outstanding support and commitment to creating and maintaining higher education opportunities for students in Snohomish County,” Beyer said.

The breakfast is part of the EvCC Foundation’s efforts to increase the number of student scholarships, emergency loans and grants.

The Foundation is also working to seek out equipment and support to ensure students have the technology they need in the classroom. 

As the college has grown, the number of students seeking help to pay for their education has increased. The EvCC Foundation is working to meet the demand, said John Olson, executive director of the EvCC Foundation.

The EvCC Foundation provided 190 scholarships and other support to students in 2015-16 but had to turn away more than 300 other students who applied for scholarships. For students who do receive scholarships, the funds cover about 20 percent of the cost of their education. 

For more information about the EvCC Foundation, visit EverettCC.edu/Foundation or call 425-388-9555.