Helping Current Students Computes for Computer Science Alumni

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[ June 2015 | Vol. 1 | Issue 3 ] “Our job placement rate is 88 percent in major! But many of our most promising students can’t afford to finish,” says Stu Steiner, computer science senior lecturer. Beloved for his teaching style and mentoring talent, Steiner is also famous for engaging computer science alumni in philanthropy. With my family, I am building an endowment to help computer science students get to college. I know how patient, regular giving in modest amounts adds up.” The idea of modest, regular giving is how the EWU Computer Science Alumni Scholarship has taken shape. Steiner remembers, “We knew of one student who was working for Microsoft and one for Nintendo. I asked them, ‘Would you think about helping us start a scholarship by giving $1,000 each and, help write a memorandum of understanding about how students would qualify for a scholarship? We got an unequivocal … [Read more...]

Generous Band of Brothers Scores Scholarship Touchdown and Runs It In for Student Success!

Jamaal Jones first recipient of Randy Van Turner Scholarship

[Dec. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 2]  Reading the thank you letter from Jamaal Jones, the first Randy Van Turner Memorial Scholarship recipient, Tom Stephens he knew he had to find a way to boost support for Jamaal’s education.  Twenty-six years ago Tom’s daughter received a $1,000 college scholarship from Adolph Coors that rewarded good grades and offered assistance to children of military veterans. He remembers thinking, “Finally, something good for being a vet!” Tom is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, which started raising money in February 2014 for an endowment to honor PKA brother, 1st Lt. Randy Van Turner, who died in Vietnam. The scholarship is aimed at military veterans and fraternity member descendants. The brothers gave so generously they were able to make a $1,000 scholarship right away.  When the fund is the fully endowed, annual awards will be larger. “My biggest … [Read more...]

Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Leads $250,000 Fundraising Effort

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[ Aug. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 1 ]    A little more than 45 years ago Randy Van Turner helped found the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity while studying for his EWU bachelor’s degree. Later, he lost his life in Vietnam. This winter fraternity brothers and their spouses gathered to remember their brother Randy Van Turner and establish a $250,000 endowment for a two-part student success initiative in partnership with EWU libraries. The endowed Randy Turner Library Scholarship will fund scholarships as early as 2015 and the Pi Kappa Alpha Library Fund will finance digitizing more than a quarter million items from EWU Library collections. These substantial resources—although intellectually valuable and culturally significant—are currently not accessible to EWU students or the general public. The Archives and Special Collections room at the JFK Library will be renamed to recognize … [Read more...]


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