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Mill Creek Business Association awards five college scholarships

The Mill Creek Business Association awarded college scholarships worth $2,000 each to five local high school students at their May 21, 2013 monthly lunch meeting.
Mill Creek Business Association scholarship winners with Bridget Barrington, Mill Creek Business Association Vice President. From left to right: Chad Weholt, Samantha Hemler, Bridget Barrington, and Kenneth (KJ) Neaville. Photo credit: Mill Creek Business Association.

The Mill Creek Business Association awarded college scholarships worth $2,000 each to five local high school students at their May 21, 2013 monthly lunch meeting.

Bridget Barrington, Mill Creek Business Association Vice President, presented the scholarships to the following local high school seniors:

Hannah Dowdell – Cascade High School.

  • Accepted to Central Washington University as a pre-med nursing major.
  • Career goal: “The future I wanted has dramatically changed after serving on a soccer missions trip to Cambodia. After I witnessed basic needs unmet widespread, it fueled my fire to help others. Not only would being a doctor give me the opportunity to help my patients' quality of life, I would also be a role model for girls and women, proving that females can become professionals. I can only hope to help change other people's lives for the better in the same way the Cambodian girls made such a positive impact on me.”

Samantha Hemler – Henry M. Jackson High School.

  • Accepted to Gonzaga University as a psychology major.
  • Career goal: “My goal is to earn a bachelor's degree in Psychology. Once I earn my degree I plan to go into the industrial-organizational psychology field, working as a consultant for large corporations.”

Kenneth Neaville - Henry M. Jackson High School.

  • Accepted to University of California at Los Angeles as a biochemistry major.
  • Career goal: “My goal is to graduate from UCLA with a double major in biochemistry and business in order to establish my own biopharmaceutical company.”

Colton Popp – Archbishop Murphy High School.

  • Accepted to Washington State University as a business major.
  • Career goal: “The ultimate goal after graduating from college at Washington State University is to attain a job in field of computer science with a business major and a Bachelor's Degree. More specifically than just computer science, my goal is to acquire a position at Microsoft.”

Chad Weholt – Henry M. Jackson High School.

  • Accepted to Whitworth University as a business administration major.
  • Career goal: “My goal is to graduate in four years with a degree and a college ‘resume’ that would compel any organization to invite me to join their team. My greatest goal is to work hard and make a positive difference wherever I go.”

Since its very beginnings, the Mill Creek Business Association has been committed to encouraging and assisting local high school students in their pursuit of higher learning in business or another field with which they would like to pursue a career in business.

When asked how the Mill Creek Business Association (MCBA) selected the scholarship recipients Barrington said, “We chose the individuals who stood out amongst their peers in the areas of community service, GPA, and most importantly the effort that they put forth on the essay portion of their applications.”

“The MCBA has been giving these scholarships out for the last twenty years.  A large portion of the profits of the Mill Creek Festival is used to fund these scholarships.”

“We believe that there is no greater investment than that of your community at hand.”

The Mill Creek Business Association has made great strides recently to improve the value of the organization for its members. With a vision statement of “Growth and Prosperity for Business and Community,” the association does more than simply offer business networking at their monthly luncheon and is most noted for the always-entertaining Mill Creek Festival.

The festival has exploded in the past few years and recently welcomed upwards of 20,000 visitors to the Mill Creek Town Center in mid-July.

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