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Surprise Scholarship Award

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Published: May 06, 2016

CHENEY, Washington - Eastern Washington University Foundation Executive Director Michael Westfall appeared on the ABC television talk show The View, Friday, May 6, to award a surprise scholarship to a Seattle area student who has overcome incredible odds and will be attending EWU this fall.

The student, 18-year-old Tabitha Nunley of Port Orchard, will be graduating from high school this spring and will be a pre-medicine student at Eastern. Tabitha was on The View with her mother Cynthia, who was highlighted by the show as part of a Mother's Day special.

Cynthia Nunley is a foster parent of four kids, and adopted Tabitha at age three. Tabitha has overcome many challenges, and now wants to be a pediatric rheumatologist (working with doctors to evaluate and treat joint, muscle and bone disorders) so she can help other children the way she was helped as a child.

During the live taping of the Mother's Day segment in New York, Westfall surprised the family with an announcement that Tabitha will receive an EWU Foundation Scholarship that will help cover the cost of her college attendance.

The award is worth up to $10,000 for the 2016-17 school year. The scholarship is renewable for three additional years of undergraduate study at EWU.

EWU is proud to award scholarships like this as it continues its Inspire Awesome campaign to raise money for more student scholarships.

Tabitha Nunley with her mother on The View
Tabitha with her mother on The View (watch clip - courtesy of ABC Entertainment)

The Nunley Family
The Nunley Family

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