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For the third year in a row, anonymous donors have awarded funds to relieve student debt for a recent Central Washington University graduate who pursues a career in the education field within Kittitas County.

This year’s awardee is Olivia Olason, a first-year special education teacher at Morgan Middle School.

“This award has already impacted my life in so many ways,” said Olason. “It has allowed me to focus on making responsible financial decisions towards pursuing a higher education, starting a family, and reaching a place to purchase a home one day. This award has gifted me with the financial stability to pursue things earlier in my life than anticipated without the common burden of student debt”

Olason recently graduated from CWU in 2019 where she double majored in elementary education (K-8) and special education (preK-12). She was also a student-athlete and played for the women’s soccer team for three years.

She remains heartfelt about education, saying, “Being an educator is my passion and is the most rewarding accomplishment in my life thus far. This career is a continuous accomplishment each day that I get to spend in the classroom with students being a positive impact in their lives.”

To the anonymous donors, Olason has an enormous amount of gratitude and hopes to someday give someone the kind of generosity and grace that she received through this award.

“I am beyond grateful each day for the gracious and giving hearts of the donors,” said Olason. “Without them these doors of opportunity would not have been opened for me. I strive to one day follow suit of the donors and make an influence on a young educator working to positively impact the future of our society.”

October 2021