Page 17 - LWTech 2015-2016 Annual Report
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Honoring The Peierls Foundation: 20 Years of Giving to LWTech
Brian Peierls speaks at the 2015 Bright Futures Benefit Breakfast.
The Foundation proudly honored Brian Peierls
and The Peierls Foundation for an unprecedented 20 years of giving to LWTech with
a Distinguished Friend of Lake Washington Institute of
Inspired, Peierls immediately began funding critical student needs with a generous $10,000 donation from his family foundation, The Peierls Foundation, to LWTech’s High School Programs.
Peierls and The Peierls Foundation continued to make investments to this important program, celebrating 20 years of giving in 2016. The impact of this transformative philanthropy includes:
• 140,000 bus passes so students could get to and from classes
• 100,000 hours of tutoring
• 2,400 emergency meals
• 275 grants for high school students to purchase uniforms, tools, and other equipment necessary for their programs
• Direct one-on-one substance abuse counseling to more than 150 students
• Child care for more than 50 students
• Financial assistance for 47 students attending leadership
conferences
• 25 scholarships for students who aged out of the High School Program before completing their degrees or certificates
Technology Award at the 2015 Bright Futures Benefit Breakfast in November.
“It was a true privilege to recognize Brian Peierls and The Peierls Foundation who personify a strong commitment to students and educational achievement, “said LWTech President Dr. Morrison Goings in her remarks at the event. In lieu of a traditional plaque, Mr. Peierls was presented with bookends created by two students in LWTech’s Machine Technology program.
In 1996, Brian Peierls reached out to Marge Kykendoll, the director of what is now Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s High School Programs, with an interest in helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds gain access to education to change and shape their futures for the better.
• 20 graduation ceremonies
LWTech Foundation Annual Scholarship Reception
May 10 marked the Foundation’s Third Annual Scholarship Reception, a popular and well-attended event held on campus that celebrates the magical combination of donors and scholars.
“Student scholarships are the heart and soul of the Foundation’s work,” said Laura Wildfong, Foundation Board President and donor. The evening culminated with the announcement of The Tjossem Family Endowed
Scholarship Fund, which will fund five scholarships in perpetuity for students enrolled in a variety of workforce programs. Students Valentin Vautier and Curtis Clarke, the first recipients of the Tjossem Family Scholarship, expressed their gratitude during the reception. “On behalf of every scholarship recipient here tonight, we thank you for this wonderful support. You are creating opportunities for a lifetime and paving the way for students to realize their ambitions,” said Valentin Vautier.
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