Evergreen receives $1 million scholarship fund

Former student pledges $500,000 to The Evergreen State College, matched by Bill and Melinda Gates

lpemberton@theolympian.comAugust 3, 2013 

Two private donations are creating a $1 million scholarship fund to help low-income students studying sustainability, nature conservation or business at The Evergreen State College in Olympia.

The Dan and Sheryl Tishman Family Foundation pledged $500,000 for the fund, which received a matching grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, according to a news release this week from the college.

Dan Tishman graduated from Evergreen in 1977 and is chairman and CEO of Tishman Construction. His firm is construction manager for One World Trade Center in New York.

“Sheryl and I are so pleased that this pledge will create opportunities for Evergreen students for years to come,” Tishman said. “We are true believers in the value of education and hope this scholarship program will make a difference in many, many lives.”

The Evergreen State College Foundation will manage the scholarship, which is expected to support about 25 students a year.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 lpemberton@theolympian.com

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