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Central alumna Amy Hanson, and her husband Pete Hanson, have given $100,000 in support of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) program at Central.

Their donations of $50,000 in 2016 and $50,000 in 2017 have unlocked opportunities for 27 students. Students will receive the benefit this fall, as they pursue bachelor degrees in STEM–fields like biomedical sciences, computer science, science education, statistics, and geological and earth sciences.

“As a CWU alum, there’s nothing more fulfilling than providing opportunities to those who are striving to become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow. My time at CWU provided a foundation to build my business career and I consider giving back an investment in the future,” said Amy Hanson.

This year’s group of students are the first at CWU to participate in the program. This is especially thanks to the Hansons, among other generous donors.

Washington state matched the donated funds. Central students, like all recipients across the state, graduated from Washington high schools and maintain a GPA of at least 2.75.

WSOS is a part of a fund created by State Legislature in 2011 with the hope of addressing rising tuition in Washington. A public-private partnership, the fund kickstarted with large investments from Microsoft, Boeing, and the state of Washington to help low- and middle-income students continue their education and build lives and careers in Washington.

Amy Hanson graduated from Central in 1990, and was the first person in her family to attend college. Her generosity extends even to her time. She’s a CWU Foundation Board Member, working to further the mission of Central and help present and future Wildcats.

Amy Hanson is the founder and CEO of Hanson Consulting Group in Kirkland, WA, which is named in the top 50 women-owned businesses in Washington state for 2017 by the Puget Sound Business Journal, for the third year in a row, ranking #29 this year.

Hanson Consulting Group is also included in the “100 Best Companies to Work for 2017” by Seattle Business Magazine. Hanson Consulting group didn’t just place in the top 100 companies in Washington–the list is broken down into categories. For the midsize companies category, there are only 30 businesses, and Hanson Consulting Group is one of them.

News of the scholarships has also been published via Digital Journal here.

“We are sincerely blessed to have Amy and Pete as a part of our Wildcat family. Central Washington University has been in the business of providing transformational education to students across Washington State for the past 125 years.  Amy and Pete’s generosity will help ensure that legacy continues for generations to come. The impact of their leadership and investment in the lives of our students cannot be overstated.” Scott Wade, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the CWU Foundation, shared about the Hanson’s gift.

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