Corporations and Foundations Understand the Value of Attracting Outstanding Students to Oregon
ARCS Foundation Oregon is grateful for the many Northwest corporations and foundations who support ARCS scholar awards or sponsor the annual Scholar Awards Luncheon.
Corporate and foundation sponsorship creates a mutually beneficial relationship, as students receive local corporate support for their education and, in turn, become the skilled workforce that companies need to succeed in an increasingly competitive global environment. These corporations and foundations know the value in attracting stellar individuals to Oregon. Here is the cumulative list of corporate and foundation support.
Austin Capital Management Bank of America Private Bank Bank of the Cascades Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance The Cameron Group - DA Davidson CH2M Hill Duck Delivery/United Salad Duncan & Cindy Campbell/Campbell Foundation Chubb Insurance Columbia Bank Columbia Distributing Conference Solutions, Inc. David Evans & Associates Earle A. Chiles Research Institute ESCO Corporation ESCO Foundation ESI, Inc. First Republic Bank Geffen Mesher Hanky Panky LTD The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation Hoffman Construction Company Intel Corporation
Intermec Foundation Jensen Investment Management Jubitz Corporation KeyBank Kuse Family Foundation Mary's Harvest Fresh Food Melvin Mark Companies Morgan Stanley Morley Foundation Mt. Hood Chemical Corporation NW Natural OHSU OHSU Community Relations OHSU Foundation OHSU Office of the President OHSU School of Medicine OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon State University OSU College of Engineering OSU Foundation Oregonian Media Group PGE Foundation PwC LLP
Racker Investments Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. Spirit Horse Farm, LLC Stoel Rives LLP Storables Sunshine Dairy Symonds Foundation Tektronix Foundation Tonkon Torp LLP TriQuint Semiconductor Univerisity of Oregon US Bancorp Foundation US Bank Private Wealth Management Vernier Software & Technology Vision Capital Management, Inc. Walsh Construction Co Washington Trust Bank Wells Fargo The Private Bank Wheeler Foundation
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. Supported Seven Scholars
In 2008 Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., one of the nation’s largest recyclers of scrap metal, stepped forward to sponsor a scholar in mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University. Since that initial sponsorship, Schnitzer Steel has sponsored seven scholars.
Schnitzer Steel is convinced that its future and the future of our country’s economy depend on a highly educated and talented workforce, and support of education at all levels is a focus of their charitable giving program. The company understands the value of attracting outstanding students to our region. OSU, OHSU, and UO have been effective incubators of new businesses and business ideas, which have produced direct benefits to our state through investment and employment opportunities. Schnitzer Steel believes that providing these institutions the tools they need to attract the most talented students will be important to their success in the face of increasing competition, both in the United States and abroad.
Hoffman Construction has been a major corporate supporter of ARCS Foundation Oregon. Hoffman, partnering with Wayne and Julie Drinkward, has been an Einstein Presenting Sponsor of the annual Recognizing Genius Scholar Awards Luncheon since 2011. This top level of sponsorship helps to make the luncheon a financial success, which means more dollars for scholar awards. Wayne Drinkward is past president of Hoffman Construction.
Hoffman Construction, headquartered in Portland, is one of the largest general contractors in the United States. The company is proud of its long history of “giving back” throughout the Northwest. Strong science and engineering education is the backbone of Hoffman Construction, which recognizes that a highly skilled workforce strengthens the company and the community.
“The worldwide value of encouraging research in medicine, science and engineering cannot be overstated,” according to Wayne and Julie Drinkward. “It is tremendously exciting to have such an effective vehicle as ARCS Foundation encouraging this research right here in Oregon. ARCS Foundation is a wonderful organization with an important mission. We are truly glad for the opportunity to support ARCS,” they said. Julie and Wayne have personally supported five ARCS scholars.
Wells Fargo embraces education as a major focus of its corporate philanthropy, community support and employee volunteerism. This commitment stems from its strong belief that quality education is an essential building block for a healthy community. To augment its efforts, Wells Fargo partners with high performing nonprofit groups, such as ARCS Foundation Oregon.
Since 2011 Wells Fargo has been a corporate sponsor of the ARCS Oregon Scholar Awards Luncheon, an annual event in the Portland community that exemplifies Wells Fargo’s commitment to ARCS Oregon and to the community. "We realize that increasing tuition costs, rising student debt, and decreased public funding could mean that fewer young people choose to enter science research. Our goal in partnering with ARCS is to provide encouragement for scholars and express our corporate belief in the value of science education."
In addition to supporting the Scholar Awards Luncheon, Wells Fargo supported an ARCS scholar. This partnership between Wells Fargo corporate philanthropy and ARCS to support scholars at OSU, OHSU, and UO expresses the company’s commitment to education in a tangible form. It will encourage innovative new technologies, bring brilliant and creative people to the community, and stimulate the economy of Oregon.
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Elizabeth Holzenthal Receives Prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship
Congratulations to OSU College of Engineering, ARCS scholar Elizabeth Holzenthal, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, coastal and ocean engineering. Elizabeth was recently named a recipient of an NSF Graduate Fellowship, (GRFP). Elizabeth, a first year scholar, is working on a project aimed at contributing to the development of a new generation of natural hazard engineering. Her donors are Diane and Dick Alexander.
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ARCS Scholar Danielle Robinson Awarded 2016 Mozilla Fellowship for Science
Danielle Robinson, Ph.D. candidate in the OHSU School of Medicine Neuroscience Graduate Program, is one of four fellows selected worldwide to receive the Mozilla Fellowship for Science.
Her donors are Ellen and Mark Richardson.