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Elementary and higher education programs receive grants from the Avista Foundation
Avista Scholars program funds $62,000 in scholarships for colleges and universities; $5,000 grant will support District 81 spring concert

March 15, 2012: Well-educated students grow into responsible community members, and supporting educational opportunities is an important role for responsible corporate citizens. The Avista Foundation recently awarded two significant grants in the area of education: $62,000 to the Avista Scholars program, which will be divided among regional colleges and universities for scholarship support, and $5,000 to the Spokane Public Schools Foundation to support the 2012 “Band and Strings Spectacular.”

The mission of the Avista Scholars program is to promote excellence in the fields of math, science, technology and engineering, leading college and university students to become innovators, problem solvers and diverse, talented employees of our future. Scholarships are awarded in varying fields of study, including electrical engineering (Gonzaga University, Washington State University, University of Idaho), management information systems (Eastern Washington University) and line construction and related fields (Community Colleges of Spokane), as well as to service territory colleges (Walla Walla Community College (Clarkston Branch), Eastern Oregon State College, Lewis-Clark State College, North Idaho College, Oregon Institute of Technology and Southern Oregon State College).
 
“The District 81 school band and strings concert brings together more than 2,400 5th and 6th grade student musicians each April. It is an annual tradition that in recent years has been in jeopardy due to significant funding cutbacks within the school district. We’re very pleased to support this cultural enrichment opportunity for students, their families and the community,” said Anne Marie Axworthy, president of the Avista Foundation.
 
For the first quarter of 2012, the Avista Foundation made grants totaling $144,700 to human care services, educational and community vitality organizations in our service territory in Washington, Idaho and Oregon.
 
About the Avista Foundation
The Avista Foundation, established in 2002, focuses its giving on grants that strengthen communities and enhance the quality of life for people served by Avista Utilities in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, southern Oregon and Sanders County, Montana. The foundation focuses its giving in the areas of:
 
·         education – K-12 education particularly in the fields of science, math and technology; and higher education including scholarships,
·         vulnerable and limited income populations – providing assistance to those on limited incomes and support for initiatives to reduce poverty,
·         economic and cultural vitality – supporting projects that help communities and citizens to grow and prosper.
 
Information on the Avista Foundation is available at www.avistafoundation.org . The Avista Foundation is a separate, non-profit organization established by Avista Corp. The foundation does not receive funding from Avista Utilities customers through rates.

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