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CWU Foundation Receives Gift to Create R.J. Hallowell Scholarship

The Central Washington University Foundation has received a pledge of $100,000 from Sandy Mattingly to create a scholarship fund in her late father’s name.

R. J. Hallowell was born in Yakima on April 14, 1926 and was raised in the Kittitas Valley. He went to school in Kittitas and worked a variety of jobs in agriculture before joining the Army where he served in The Pacific War, earning a number of awards and accolades.

Upon returning home from serving in the Army, Hallowell began driving truck and continued to do that for the next 40 years until he retired. His wife, Hazel, managed the household, and as a couple they worked hard to be frugal and well invested. 

Hallowell had a long belief that you needed to continue to learn and have vision of the future for as long as you were able. He encouraged Mattingly and her brother to go to college and use their judgement and education to succeed. 

“It was his desire to help educate those who needed financial help,” said Mattingly. “As his daughter, I feel strongly about fulfilling his wishes.”

Mattingly attended Central for the last two years of her four-year degree and has established the R.J. Hallowell Scholarship to support undergraduate students with an interest in business or professional area of study.  

“We are so thankful for Sandy’s scholarship commitment to support CWU students,” said Interim Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the CWU Foundation Rick Paradis. “Scholarships are a top priority in helping our students achieve their dreams, and this new fund will help current and future Wildcats do just that.”

If you are interested in creating a scholarship, please call the CWU Foundation at 509-963-2160, or give to support existing scholarships at

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