Gift Benefits WNC Students and Programs
Eaglemark Savings Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Harley-Davidson Financial Services, has committed $15,000 to support Western Nevada College initiatives and scholarships. Eaglemark has allocated $5,000 to support the WNC Bridge to Success program, and $10,000 to WNC scholarships for Carson City individuals with low and moderate income.
“Harley-Davidson Financial Services has been an ardent supporter of WNC over the years, and we are extremely grateful for their commitment to creating opportunities for our students and in doing so, strengthening our community,” says Amy Ginder, WNC director of development.
Sean Davison, director of Consumer Credit and Risk Management at Harley-Davidson Financial Services, believes it is their duty to help build Nevada's workforce.
“As a large employer in Carson City, we rely on a competent and educated workforce,” says Davison. “As an organization, we are committed to investing in the communities in which we live and work.”
The donation includes $5,000 that will allow the college to hire student ambassadors to support Bridge to Success, an outreach program that guides high school students through the transition to college.
Katie Leao, WNC's Bridge to Success advisor, says that both current WNC students and those new to college will benefit from this donation.
“Our student ambassadors represent the college when we visit the high schools, and they learn valuable skills in advising and mentoring. In turn, new students learn what to expect at WNC from someone they can relate to,” she says.
The Bridge to Success program helps prepares approximately 450 students for college each year. Students receive assistance with the application and registration process, and are offered orientations to ensure that they are prepared for the first day of classes. Leao and WNC student ambassadors are visiting local high schools now, in preparation for the fall 2012-spring 2013 academic year.
A $10,000 scholarship donation will make the dream of attending college a reality for some Carson City students with financial need.
Applications are being accepted for the Eaglemark Savings Bank Scholarship and all WNC Foundation scholarships now through Sunday, April 1, for the 2012-2013 academic year. To apply: www.wnc.edu/studentservices/financial/funding-scholarships.php
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