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Spencer Educational Foundation Awards Central Washington University $13,000 for Risk Management Program

The Central Washington University Foundation will receive $13,000 in grant funds from the Spencer Educational Foundation to help further the development of CWU’s Risk Management Minor (RMM). 

The funds, expected in January 2019, will be used to develop marketing materials to share career opportunities in the risk management and insurance industry. They will do this by:

  • Facilitating, promoting and recruiting diverse students for the existing Risk Management Minor (RMM).
  • Developing lecture materials for newly developed risk and insurance management courses.
  • Developing and proposing a risk and insurance management capstone internship course.

Sathyanarayanan Rajendran, department chair for engineering technologies, safety, and construction, believes this grant will benefit students currently enrolled in the RMM while also expanding the program, giving it a larger capacity for more students to join.   

“The grant from the Spencer Educational Foundation will help risk management faculty to develop culminating experience requirements, courses outcomes, and associated activities for the capstone internship course,” Rajendran said. “Funds will be used for travel to local RIMS Chapter meetings and risk management employers to gather information on industry needs and feedback to ensure the proposed program is meeting industry's needs.”

CWU’s current RMM has been in place since summer 2017 and currently has 40 students enrolled. With the help of this grant, they have a target of getting 48 students participating in the program by fall 2019. 

To learn more about the Spencer Educational Foundation and the various ways they support students, educators, and professionals, visit their website.

Media contact: Traci Goff, Director of Foundation Relations, University Advancement, 509-963-2160,

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