School of Business Scholarships
Eastern Washington University awards over $2.8 million in scholarships to nearly 1,500 students each school year. There are scholarships based on major, hometown, community service and more!
The Dean’s Leadership Endowed Scholarship is administered subject to the stipulations listed below:
Applications for 2021-2022 are now closed. The selected receipient(s) will be notified no later than June 4, 2021.
The members of the Accounting Advisory Board within the School of Business, under the leadership of the board officers, established this scholarship fund in support of students in the Professional Accounting Program at Eastern Washington University. As accounting professionals, these individuals recognize the need to support students financially so that they can focus on their academic program. The board members also recognize the exceptional academic quality of the Professional Accounting Program at EWU and desire to encourage current and prospective students to complete their accounting degree at Eastern Washington University, giving them the foundation for a successful professional career.
The scholarship is awarded to a full-time or part-time student enrolled in at least two accounting classes or eight credits within the School of Business, with a declared major in professional accounting who is pursuing, or plans to pursue, a master’s of professional accounting. In addition to being held in good academic standing with a grade point average of 3.2 or above in accounting-related courses and overall, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
The Arnie Carlson Accounting Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding accounting major in their junior year. Qualified applicants must demonstrate academic achievement and contribution to the department of accounting through participation in Beta Alpha Psi and other departmental events. The scholarship honors professor Arnie Carlson, a former faculty member in the accounting department.
The mission of the Avista Scholars program is to promote excellence in the fields of math, science, technology, and engineering such that scholars become innovators, problem solvers, and diverse, talented employees of our future. The Avista Scholars program will be used to provide scholarships to students who demonstrate exemplary academic achievement, innovation, community service, leadership, and project management experience.
The Management Information Systems (MIS) program is oriented toward developing specialists who can design implement and manage business information systems. The Avista Information Systems Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student with junior or senior academic standing.
The Bi-Mart Corporation awards an annual scholarship to an outstanding student in the School of Business who demonstrates academic achievement as well as leadership and community service.
The Gordon Budke/Junior Achievement scholarship is awarded to an incoming or current EWU student who demonstrates high academic achievement and who has completed or is enrolled in a Junior Achievement High School classroom program. The recipient must exemplify achievement, leadership, college and career potential.
Gordon Budke was born in Aberdeen, WA in 1941. He earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1963 from Eastern Washington University. Gordon states, “I grew up in a family that for generations had been hard-working laborers. I was the first person in all the generations I knew about to receive a four-year college degree. My father always talked about, ‘When you go to college,’ not ‘if you go to college.’ I was well aware that although I grew up in a loving and caring family, a college education was my responsibility.”
Gordon worked his way through college without borrowing a cent by often holding multiple jobs simultaneously. During the summers he worked as a field laborer, where according to Gordon, “The formula was simple, the longer one worked each day, the more one made each day.”
This work ethic was the foundation to his successful career as a CPA. Gordon is a retired partner from Coopers & Lybrand where he worked for 34 years and served as a managing partner for 17 of those years. Following retirement, Gordon formed Budke Consulting and provides assistance to small and growing companies. He periodically teams with bankruptcy attorneys to help struggling companies develop growth plans. He serves as a member of the board of directors for Yokes Foods, on the Audit Committee and as Chair of the Compensation Committee. He also works with Banner Bank, where he is on the Executive committee, Risk Committee and Chair of the Audit Committee. He is a member of the Washington Society of CPAs and the American institute of CPAs.
Gordon is also a man devoted to his family. It was here at Eastern where he met and married his wife, Rhoda, of 50 years. Gordon says of his college sweetheart, “Rhoda is the glue that held us all together. I went to work early and came home late and she was always there no matter what.” Together they have three sons and four grandchildren, who were all in attendance at the gala. Gordon says of his grandkids, “They are my greatest admirers and I am theirs.”
Within the community, you would be hard pressed to find an organization that has not had Gordon’s involvement at some level. The list of non-profit organizations he has contributed his time and talents to includes Kiwanis, Spokane Arts Commission, Goodwill, Leadership Spokane, Heart Institute of Spokane, YMCA, United Way, Junior Achievement, Spokane Jazz Society, Spokane Club, Spokane Jaycees, American Red Cross, Cheney Cowles Museum and more. His community engagement bears testament to his commitment to mentoring and giving back. He has been a passionate supporter and evangelist for Junior Achievement Spokane, and it is through their core values which we can learn more about what drives Gordon Budke: Belief in the boundless potential of young people; Commitment to the principles of entrepreneurship; Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity, and excellence in how we do it; Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals; Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration; Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning.
Gordon’s service to Eastern Washington University cannot be understated. He is a founding member of Eastern Washington University Development Council and EWU Foundation, Honorary member of the Delta Sigma Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi and has served as a member and as the President of the Dean’s advisory board for School of Business and Public Administration. In 1997 Gordon was appointed by the Governor to our Board of Trustees, and then reappointed in 2003 where he served for a total of 12 years on various committees. Gordon and his wife, Rhoda, have also established the Gordon Budke Junior Achievement Scholarship which is awarded to a current or incoming Eastern Student who exemplifies achievement, leadership, and college and career potential. In 2012, he was honored with the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Cheney Realty Business Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding business major with junior or senior academic standing who graduated from Cheney High School.
Benji Estrellado is Broker/Owner of Cheney Realty, Inc. Cheney Realty is a full service real estate company with several full time Realtors. They have been in this community for over 25 years. They strive to make selling and buying a home an enjoyable experience. Areas served: Airway Heights, Cheney, Four Lakes, Medical Lake, Spangle, Spokane, Sprague, and St. John.
Benji’s parents were from the Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. After college, Benji began working at Cheney Realty, Inc. and in 1997 he bought the business. He has been in the real estate business for over 30 years.
Community Involvement includes: Cheney Kiwanis Board Member, Cheney Dollars for Scholars President, and President of the Cheney Chamber of Commerce.
Benji’s spouse, Marci, currently works in the EWU Records and Registration Office and currently sits Cheney District School Board.
The CliftonLarsonAllen Accounting Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding accounting major.
David A. Sabey, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Sabey Corporation in Seattle, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English from Eastern Washington University in 1971. Mr. Sabey was the founding member of the EWU President’s Council. He played football for one season at Eastern and helped the team win the 1969 Evergreen Conference Championship. A defensive lineman, he earned first-team All-Evergreen Conference and first-team All-NAIA District 1 honors.
In Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Sabey is known for his entrepreneurial insight and success. From a modest beginning in wood roofing systems in 1971, he built an impressive $400 million real estate, development and construction company. In 1989, he purchased Northtown Mall in Spokane, and embarked on a $100 million expansion to make it the biggest shopping center between Seattle and Minneapolis.
He and his wife, Sandra L. Sabey, raised three sons in Bellevue. Mrs. Sabey was involved in work at Eastside Catholic High School, was on the Board of Directors for Hope Heart Institute, and was involved in fund raising for the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Ballet, Seattle Art Museum, and Ronald McDonald’s House-Children’s Orthopedic.
The scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a degree in the School of Business with preference given those candidates who are involved in intercollegiate athletics at Eastern Washington University.
The David J. Copley Accounting Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student in the School of Business. David Copley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Washington University, with an emphasis in Accounting and Management Information Systems. David is a Certified Public Accountant and is a Partner with Ernst & Young. David belongs to both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPA’s. David is grateful for key advice he received from an EWU Career Counselor who was a former General Electric executive. Based upon David’s interest in corporate finance and business, the counselor provided meaningful insights and counseling to David, which was very impactful. David has been very fortunate to have had the high caliber of professors while at EWU to provide him with a superior foundation in business and accounting/MIS. He has also enjoyed his career at Ernst & Young. David received critical financial assistance from an EWU alumni’s scholarship, which was valuable and timely. He is focused on providing support to hardworking and talented students in need of assistance to complete their degree in accounting, and hopefully help them launch an equally enjoyable career in the profession.
The Dennis Higgins MBA Scholarship is awarded to an MBA student or a graduate student in Music, on alternating two-year cycles. Recipients must demonstrate financial need and academic achievement. Dennis Higgins grew up in Chewelah, Washington. He attended EWCE for two years with a high school music scholarship and one from Eastern prior to working for Western Electric and Boeing for three years, returning to EWU in 1959, completed his degree in Accounting with a minor in Military Science in 1962. Upon completing his military obligation , he spent the balance of his career at the University of Washington and retired in 1992. He was very active locally and nationally in professional and governmental organizations and was the primary UW representative in many different roles. He has always held EWU close to his heart and is a very generous friend to EWU.
The Diane Cuthill Thoren & Terry Thoren Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student from the northwest (states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon or Montana) who is pursuing either a graduate degree in Finance or Accounting or an undergraduate degree in accounting, and/or pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering & Technology (degree fields include Applied Technology, Construction Management, Manufacturing Technology DFM option, Manufacturing Technology Process option, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology). Diane Cuthill Thoren received her Masters of Business Administration degree from Eastern Washington University, and worked for Avista Corporation for 37 years, rising to the officer level of Treasurer before retiring. Terry Thoren received his Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Technology from Eastern Washington University. Terry retired as a Machinist from ASC Machine Tools, Inc. Terry Thoren created this scholarship fund to honor the memory of Diane, and to celebrate their mutual educational accomplishments at Eastern and to help students like themselves who are pursuing their educational goals.
Lynn Dicus Stephens, professor emerita of accounting, established this scholarship to assist highly qualified students in obtaining their degree. Stephens was at Eastern Washington University from 1981 until her retirement in 2007. She served as an accounting professor, department chair, and the E. Clair Daniels Endowed Professor.
The scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior student majoring in accounting who has completed at least one accounting class at EWU prior to the quarter of application. The recipient will demonstrate academic achievement, commitment to public service, and a recognizable probability of a successful career in accounting.
The Garco Construction, Inc. Endowment is awarded to an outstanding student majoring in one of the following degrees: accounting, business education, economics, finance, general management, marketing or management information systems. Preference is given to a student who is a veteran of U.S. Military Service and to students who demonstrates financial need.
The mission of the Tim & Jackie Welsh Endowment, which was later renamed the Garco Construction Business Scholarship, is to promote excellence in the fields of business management, accounting, finance, marketing or management information systems within the School of Business such that scholars become innovators, problem solvers and diverse, talented employees of our future.
One of the objectives of the endowment is to affect the lives of the families and communities within Eastern Washington by providing them an opportunity to continue their advanced education and in turn strengthen their communities and enhance their quality of life. The intentions of the endowment are to help those seeking an undergraduate degree within the region and support the many financially challenged college students who attend Eastern Washington University.
The endowment will be used to provide financial support to students who demonstrate commendable academic achievement, community service, leadership and management experience.
Jackie Welsh received her Bachelor of Arts degree in General Business from the EWU School of Business.
The J. Herman Swartz & Jean Swartz Bennett and Nate Narrance Graduate Fellowship is awarded to an MBA student who earned an undergraduate degree (major or minor) in Economics and who demonstrates financial need.
The James Garland Business Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student in the School of Business.
John O’Neil graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1964 with a degree in business while working and raising a family. Mr. O’Neil’s own business endeavors have been very successful and he has realized the rewards of his education and hard work. Mr. O’Neil has great respect for those individuals that overcome tremendous challenges to receive their degree and has established this scholarship so that a dedicated student is not prevented from finishing their education because of severe financial hardship.
The scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior majoring in one of the business disciplines within the School of Business who demonstrates severe financial need and who has a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better.
Betty and John Zurenko arrived in Cheney in winter of 1968, where he joined the faculty of EWU until his retirement in 1999. Betty began working for the Cheney School District and later took positions in Student Loans and Public Relations at EWU. Her last position was with the Cheney Federal Credit Union, where she retired after nineteen years of service as Manager/CFO. In her position at CFCU, Betty became known and liked by many at EWU, in the Cheney School District and the Cheney Community. The scholarship is in honor of the wonderful person that she was.
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student who is a single parent in good academic standing, with preference given to students with a declared major in Management Information Systems, Data Analytics, Business Analytics, or Accounting.
The mission of the Moss Adams Accounting Scholarship is to promote excellence in the field of accounting within the School of Business such that scholars become innovators, problem solvers and diverse, talented employees of the future. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates commendable academic achievement, community service, leadership and management experience.
The Nancy A. Jenny Family Scholarship is awarded to two students each year. Recipients will be business majors with junior or senior standing, and will demonstrate academic excellence and financial need. Preference will be given to accounting students and non-traditional students.
Nancy Jenny moved to Spokane when her husband, Loyd, was transferred to Fairchild Air Force Base. Nancy had started her collegiate studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder when Loyd was stationed there as an Air Force pilot. Nancy started at Spokane Falls Community College and discovered that she enjoyed accounting. She transferred to Eastern Washington University and completed her professional accounting degree while commuting from Spokane and raising two elementary age children. She credits her time at Eastern Washington University to developing her love of accounting and helping her learn the principles that put her on a strong career path.
Shortly after graduating from Eastern Washington University, Loyd was transferred to Guam to serve as an Air Force commander. Nancy went to work with a large international accounting firm. When they moved again to the Riverside area of Southern California, Nancy found a role with Riverside County ultimately becoming their Chief Accountant.
Loyd and Nancy believe wholeheartedly in education. They created the Nancy A. Jenny Family Scholarship Fund to support non-traditional students who need assistance and are pursuing an accounting degree.
Peter Kenneth Bozanich graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1968, received a master of science in statistics from EWU, and a doctoral degree from University of South Carolina. He became an assistant professor of accounting at EWU School of Business Administration in 1975. Bozanich died unexpectedly on December 31, 1976. At the time of his death, his family established a memorial scholarship in his name.
The scholarship is awarded to a recipient majoring in professional accounting, decision science, or management information systems. The recipient will have junior, senior, or graduate level standing and demonstrate academic excellence.
The Principal Financial Group scholarship is awarded to recipients majoring in accounting, business administration, business information systems/MIS, communications, finance, or management. Recipients will have junior or senior standing and demonstrate academic excellence with preference given to students active in leadership roles on and off campus, minority students, students with disabilities, and veterans. Preference will be given to students interested in internships or full-time employment at The Principal (based on availability).
The Robert Bender Accounting Scholarship was established in support of the Department of Accounting at Eastern Washington University. The student(s) selected for this award must be a junior or senior with a declared major in professional accounting
The Robert Carr Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student in the School of Business.
Salina and Tom Savage are both graduates in Business Administration. They have owned and operated successful companies in the logistics business and have enjoyed rewarding careers. As college graduates themselves, and the parents of two adult sons who have completed their college degrees, Salina and Tom recognize the value of education and the challenges often faced by students in higher education, including financial obstacles for many. Their goal is to help deserving students complete their education and enjoy successful careers in business.
The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student majoring in disciplines within the School of Business. Preference is given to students from middle-income families with demonstrated activity in leadership, community service and/or athletics.
Shirley Cheramy graduated from Shadle Park High School in north Spokane in 1965, and attended Eastern Washington State College, which later became Eastern Washington University. As Shirley progressed in her education, she was fortunate to have outstanding professors in Accounting who encouraged her toward a career in Public Accounting. She was hired by Price Waterhouse in Seattle, and was one of only three women out of 100 CPAs in the office. In 1982, Ms. Cheramy became the fourth woman in the US to be admitted to the partnership of Price Waterhouse. She later moved to Los Angeles, where she became the first woman in the US to be promoted to office managing partner at any of the ‘Big 8’ accounting firms. Although Shirley moved to Seattle while in college and completed her degree at the University of Washington, it was the professors and the opportunities she was afforded at EWU that set the course for her successful and rewarding career. This scholarship is given in recognition of the academic foundation and support that she received at Eastern, and is intended to provide financial benefit, recognition and encouragement for women who are also pursuing careers in public accounting.
This scholarship is awarded to a female student who is held in good standing at Eastern Washington University. The recipient will be a junior or senior in academic standing with demonstrated academic excellence and financial need, and professional career aspirations with a focus in public accounting.
The Steven L. Jones Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established by the Jones family in memory of their son and brother, Steven. Steven L. Jones was a 1987 graduate of the EWU School of Business with a degree in information management systems. At the time of his death, he was a full-time Washington State Air National Guard Captain stationed at Geiger Field.
This scholarship is awarded to a recipient who is a junior or senior majoring in Management Information Systems who demonstrates academic excellence.
The Tod R. Folsom/Burger King Memorial Scholarship was established to be used in support of a junior or senior student pursuing a degree in business at Eastern Washington University who demonstrates academic excellence, with preference given to working students.
The US Bank Accounting/Finance Scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior majoring in professional accounting and/or finance. Recipients must demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.
Randy L. Wells holds a bachelor’s degree, with an emphasis in accounting, from Eastern Washington University. He attributes much of his career success to the excellent education that he received and the experiences he had while attending Eastern Washington University.
The scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior with a declared major in professional accounting or finance who demonstrates academic excellence.
William R. Wynd was a professor of marketing and management in the School of Business at Eastern Washington University. He began teaching at EWU in 1970 after earning a master’s degree from Auburn University and his MBA with a major in marketing and a PhD from Michigan State University. Wynd published numerous articles and case studies later published in textbooks. He was also a Fulbright Scholar to Bulgaria in 1995. He taught marketing in universities in Thailand, Ukraine, USSR/Russia and the Peoples Republic of China. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Cheney Care Center Foundation, Cheney City Council, and was a member of the Spokane Chamber of Commerce Real Estate Research Committee. He served as a consultant for businesses in Spokane and was considered a local expert on retirement housing for the elderly.
In 1997, Wynd donated a portfolio of common stocks and closed-end mutual funds. This portfolio, under student management, is used to fund the scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding full-time student in the School of Business with a preference for a student with a declared major in finance, management or economics.