Innovia Foundation Awards SWC $125K for Aspiring Underserved College Students 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Spokane Workforce Council
140 S Arthur St., Suite 300A
Spokane, WA 99202

Contact:
Victor Rapez-Betty, Communications Manager
vrapezb@spokaneworkforce.org | 808-429-6959

Innovia Foundation
421 W. Riverside Ave., Suite 606
Spokane, WA 99201-0402 | Innovia Foundation Website

Contact:
Brian Cobb, Marketing and Communications Manager
bcobb@innovia.org | 509-624-2606

Spokane, Wash. – The Spokane Workforce Council (SWC) has been awarded $125,400 from Innovia Foundation through its Cultivating Potential Sustaining Fund to provide scholarships to underserved young adults who will pursue post-secondary educational success. The SWC will help these students develop academic and career objectives, provide access to educational opportunities, and guide students to successfully achieve their goals and positively impact their communities.

Established by a donor to Innovia Foundation in August 2021, this latest award from the Cultivating Potential Sustaining Fund will enable SWC partners and service providers at the Next Generation Zone to subsidize tuition, fees, books and other education-related expenses that traditionally prevent disadvantaged young adults from fulfilling their goals of receiving a college education.

Additionally, Next Generation Zone staff will support young adults by providing access to career guidance with a mentor, build networks with scholarship recipients through monthly cohort meetings and check-ins, and pave the way for access to more career services, resources and support that help remove barriers to success.

“This is a tremendous gift from an anonymous donor. We want to thank you for choosing the SWC and Next Generation Zone to continue helping our area young adults reach for the stars!”

Jessica Clayton, SWC Program and Development Director

“The generosity of our donors continues to transform lives by investing in the future of our community, We are proud to partner with Spokane Workforce Council to make a lasting positive impact in the lives of students and families

Shelly O'Quinn, Innovia Foundation CEO

The SWC will administer the scholarship fund on behalf of Innovia, and will subcontract with agency partners at the Next Generation Zone to deliver services and accomplish the academic and workforce outcomes and prepare these young people for career success.

“We are grateful to Innovia for entrusting us with this award that leverages our strong local system and links more young adults with the resources they need to launch their successful career journey. This award, which will result in numerous scholarships, will make a huge and lasting impact upon the lives of these students and contribute to our region’s long-term economic prosperity.”

Mark Mattke, SWC CEO

Learn more about the Next Generation Zone, Spokane County’s only one-stop career and education center for young adults 16-24 years old by visiting their website, nextgenzone.org.

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About SWC

The Spokane Workforce Council (SWC) and its WorkSource Spokane Campus (WorkSource Spokane, Next Generation Zone, Spokane Resource Center, and Talent Solutions by WorkSource Spokane) are the local workforce development authorities and provide assistance to the community through employment resources and support. As a proud partner of the American Job Center Network, the SWC and its WorkSource Spokane Campus are equal opportunity employers/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Washington Relay 711.

About Innovia Foundation

Innovia Foundation ignites generosity that transforms lives and communities so that every person has the opportunity to thrive. As the community foundation for Eastern Washington and North Idaho, we partner with people who want to make our world better. We work together to address and solve our region’s problems, help those in need, identify and respond to our greatest opportunities and leave a lasting impact. Each year, Innovia Foundation invests nearly $10 million into our communities through grants and scholarships to nonprofit organizations and local students. Learn more at Innovia.org.

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