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Sparking Student Success with Data

Over half of rural high school graduates in Washington State do not pursue any type of postsecondary education in the year following graduation, greatly reducing future career opportunities. In an effort to change the trajectory and create better outcomes for those graduates, Innovia launched a two-year initiative to strengthen school-community connections in five rural school districts: Dayton, St. John Endicott, Lind-Ritzville, Riverside and Inchelium.

Cultivating Potential Sustaining Fund

Pamela Javier never hesitates to put the needs of others before herself. Whether she is caring for her infant daughter or volunteering at a local charity, her compassionate heart and determined spirit are hard at work. As a young mother and first-generation Asian American college student, Pamela dreams of becoming a registered nurse.

Vietnam Veteran gives back to Othello with trust to preserve outdoor community

Growing up in the shadow of two famous uncles, Fred Hutchinson and Dr. William Hutchinson, William A. Crosetto, or Bill as his friends called him, never thought he could make a difference in anyone’s lives. When Bill passed through Othello during a field trip from Bellevue High School, he never imagined he would one day …

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Couple creates scholarship fund for high-achieving students with financial need

As the first person in his extended family to earn a college degree, Mark Burkett knows firsthand the difference higher education can make in one’s life. Thanks to a scholarship, Mark was able to attend the University of Pacific, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. Now retired after a successful 26-year career in …

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“Ritzville is a really nice town and a great place to live. We want to help keep it going strong for years to come.”

Tucked between I-90 and expansive wheat fields 60 miles west of Spokane, the rural town of Ritzville, Washington, is a mere speck on most road maps. But the quaint farming community holds a big place in the hearts of Willard and Patricia Hennings.  Both born and raised in the town of about 1,800 people, Patricia and …

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College Spark Foundation honors education advocate with fund for low-income families

When Christie Querna completed her work on the Spokane School Board and the College Spark Foundation Board, she did not retire her passion for education. During her tenure on the Innovia Foundation Board of Directors, Innovia Foundation began work on an initiative in Spokane Public Schools to improve graduation rates.  In 2014, when Christie completed …

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