Baker Boyer bank donated $32,500 from its Legacy Giving Grant Program to be distributed to nonprofits and organizations in Walla Walla, Milton-Freewater, Tri-Cities and Yakima in response to the coronavirus pandemic and its continued impact on the most vulnerable people. These donations focus on food insecurity, providing support to low-income individuals facing challenges of homelessness, access to health care, and those seeking refuge from domestic violence.
In the Tri-Cities, grant recipients were Second Harvest, $5,000 to support increased need for food assistance, including specific programs such as the Hanford Feeding Families Fundraiser and Red Nose Day (in addition to the $5,000 donated earlier in the year) and Grace Clinic, $2,500 to support the volunteers and staff that provide medical, dental and mental health services to low-income uninsured residents of Benton and Franklin counties.
Thirty-eight students applied for the cooperative’s academic scholarships. No applications were received this year for Benton REA’s two $4,000 trade and technical scholarships.
When unclaimed ownership credit checks are returned to Benton REA, the cooperative uses the money to fund member education programs, including scholarships for students whose parents or guardians are members of Benton REA. Ownership credits are Benton REA members’ equity share of the cooperative. Since forming in 1937, Benton REA has paid more than $15.5 million in ownership credits back to its member-owners.
The academic scholarship committee determines recipients by reviewing applicants’ high school grade-point average and 500-word essay. The cooperative’s academic scholarships are distributed in increments of $2,000 per school year. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to maintain the scholarship.
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