"Hi, my name is Brynn Campbell, and I am fortunate enough to be one of the scholarship recipients. In high school, I volunteered with St. Anne’s Children and Family Center, was a varsity cheerleading captain, represented my school in the Spokane Lilac Festival’s Royalty Program, and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School as both an Advanced Placement distinguished scholar and with honor cords for my high grade point average. I have been accepted into the College of Nursing at Seattle University, and am currently working on a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, which I hope to receive in the spring of 2018. I have also obtained a job working on the First Hill campus of Swedish Hospital. Receiving the scholarship from the Inland Pacific chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors has helped relieve the financial burden of higher education and allowed me to focus on furthering my goals before I return to Spokane to give back to the community. Thank you!"

-Brynn Campbell

Leaira Anderson, Scholarship winner says, "Winning the ABC Scholarship has been incredibly helpful in helping to pay part of my tuition at Eastern this year. It has allowed me not to work as much during the school year. This has been great because it has allowed me time to start volunteering in classrooms and gaining valuable experience as I move further into and get more involved in the elementary education program. Thank you so much for choosing me to receive this scholarship, it greatly appreciated!"

                                        -Leaira Anderson

"I would like to thank the ABC-IPC for their investment in the future through all they do and especially through the scholarships, they provide. In receiving this scholarship, I am able to attend Whitworth University this year. Your generous hands and hearts are what make dreams like mine come true, and for that, I am truly grateful! Thank you all so much!"

                                               -Kate Nelson

"Hello, my name is Matt McCracken; I am the 2014 recipient of the Gene Harder memorial scholarship. The following is a short bit about me, and why this scholarship is so valuable.

Not knowing the true value of an education I dropped out of high school my senior year in 1991. A few years later in 1995, I found out that I was going to be a father, this revelation shook me to the core and I knew that I had to do something better with my life. The transformation began when I found a job with a commercial plumbing contractor in Coeur d’Alene ID. In 1996, I entered into a plumbing apprenticeship program sponsored by the Inland Pacific Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. On September 21, 2000, I completed my four-year plumbing apprenticeship. This apprenticeship led to a career that has helped me provide for my family, raise my children, and achieve success in my personal and professional life. Unfortunately, due to some very poor life choices I lost everything and found myself in the position of having to rebuild my life.

For me, the process of rebuilding started with three things, faith in our lord, the belief that I could be a better person than I had been in the past, and getting a formal education. I went back to school and started working towards my AA degree. In June of 2013, I graduated with High Honors and enrolled into the BAS in Project Management program at CBC. For the past 2-1/2 years, I have been working full time and going to school full time. This coming June I will graduate with a Bachelors of applied Science in Project Management.

Today my life is on track and heading in the right direction. I have two lovely and talented daughters, one who is currently attending WSU in Pullman, and one who will be attending WSU with her sister next year. I have a wonderful family and great job. I will be forever grateful to Tyrone and Cindy Riggle, the owners of Riggle plumbing in Kennewick, WA, who believed in me enough to open their doors and give me an opportunity to prove myself and get back on my feet. I am also very grateful and proud to once again, have the Inland Pacific Chapter of the associated builders and contractors play a vital role in helping me to achieve my educational goals. I would like to thank the IPC of the Associated Builders and Contractors, its scholarship committee and sponsors, for helping to provide for my educational needs this year by honoring me with the Gene Harder memorial scholarship. I am extremely thankful and honored to have been chosen for this award. I am also very pleased to hear the IPC/ABC is going through the process to be able to sponsor a state accredited apprenticeship and training program. I am a firm believer that through education, hard work, and dedication anything is possible. I also believe that no matter what may happen in life it is always possible to rebuild and become better and stronger than you were before."
                                                            -Matthew McCracken