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Hydro Research Foundation Receives Grant from Avista Foundation for Student Fellowships
Third quarter 2013 foundation grants total $8,500 to organizations in Washington and Idaho

Sept. 5, 2013: Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education at all levels provides students with a solid foundation for advancing in many professional fields, including energy. The Hydro Research Foundation leads the Hydro Fellowship Program that is designed to stimulate new student research and academic interest in research and careers. The Avista Foundation has made a grant of $4,500 to assist graduate level students pursuing studies in the field of hydropower.
 
“We’re very pleased that Avista will continue its support of the fellowship program through this grant, which will be paid over three years,” said Brenna Vaughn, program director of the Hydro Research Foundation. “Each year a qualified student from a college or university in Avista’s service area will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and experience in the field of hydropower and to interact with regional and national leaders in the field.”
 
“Supporting educational opportunities for students in our service area opens the door for innovation in energy generation and environmental stewardship, two areas of vital interest for our company,” said Dennis Vermillion, president of Avista Utilities. “We seek opportunities to interact with students interested in these areas and to encourage them to pursue these types of careers as potential employees of Avista.”
 
For the third quarter of 2013, the Avista Foundation made grants totaling $8,500 to human care services, educational and community vitality organizations in our service territory.
 
Organization
Purpose
Grant
Hydro Research Foundation
Evergreen Colorado
Hydro Fellowship Program – WSU student
$4,500
Operation Healthy Family
Spokane, Wash.
Reactor Nation – Anti-bullying Program
$ 1,500
Fresh Start
Coeur d’Alene, ID.
 
Emergency Overnight Warming Center
 
$ 1,500
Palouse Audubon Society
Moscow, Idaho
Wetland Boardwalk Project
$1,000
 
 
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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