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Mary Granger (left) celebrates with La Chantay Page, a
Mary Granger (left) celebrates with La Chantay Page, a "Dreamer" from Class 2, after Page graduates from Fort Vancouver High School in 2005.
New "I Have A Dream" Scholarship Opens Opportunity (Photo) - 11/08/18

Vancouver, Wash., Nov. 8, 2018—The start of November marked the start of a new opportunity for some local families and foster youth. That’s because the "I Have A Dream" Scholarship in Honor of Mary Granger launched its first-ever application period. This new scholarship is designed to provide post-secondary financial assistance for those who have participated, or whose parents participated, in the “I Have A Dream” Southwest Washington program. The scholarship is also open to students who are currently living in, or were previously enrolled in, foster care within Clark County, Washington.

Applications will be accepted through Monday, December 3, and all eligible applicants are encouraged to apply online. The scholarship funds will initially award up to $20,000 per year, with individual awards averaging between $2,000 and $5,000 per student. More details, including a link to the application, can be found by visiting cfsww.org/how-we-grant/scholarships/.

This scholarship was created in honor of Mary Granger, founder of "I Have a Dream" Southwest Washington. That program, which ended in June 2017, pooled funds from large donors to provide an entire grade of students at a local elementary school with access to mentorship opportunities, after-school tutoring, college preparation and other extracurricular activities. Of the four classes and more than 300 students sponsored, 90% graduated high school on-time after participating in the long-term academic enrichment and mentoring program. Granger always hoped to establish a scholarship that would allow these students and their families to continue pursuing their dreams and improving their prospects for success in life. People can now help support this vision by making contributions at http://bit.ly/IHAD-Scholarship.

About the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington

Established in 1984, the Community Foundation helps southwest Washingtonians build a more vibrant community by inspiring investments in local philanthropy. The Foundation holds more than 300 distinct funds, which are actively invested to generate growth and income for granting purposes. Governed by an esteemed volunteer board, the Community Foundation offers benefits and services to donors, nonprofits and the community at large. Learn more at cfsww.org.

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