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The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Renews Commitment with $10,000 Gift

February 4, 2011

Denver, Colorado  The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has renewed a grant to the American Indian College Fund (the Fund) for $10,000 for scholarships for American Indian students. The amount will be disbursed equally to students attending Montana’s seven tribal colleges.

The grant will support qualified American Indian students by providing financial resources to help them complete their college degrees. With an education, Montana American-Indian students can build a better life for themselves and their families and serve as role models in their communities.

Mike Halligan, Executive Director of The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, states, "The centerpiece of The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation's grant making is education. We believe that investing in our youth through scholarships will help them achieve their greatest potential and will ultimately have the most positive benefit on society as a whole.”

Richard B. Williams, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, said, “The generosity of The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation helps American Indian students in Montana attain a higher education. Our graduates achieve their education goals, return to help their communities to create jobs, and positively impact the lives of other American Indians. This gift not only benefits the students who receive the scholarships, but also helps their families and tribes.”

About The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation
The major philanthropic organization for The Washington Companies and the Washington family, The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation’s values mirror those of its Western heritage. The Foundation holds fast to the Washington family’s sense of place and is actively involved in the communities where its employees live and work. It believes in the individual spirit, but at the same time provides a strong support network to enhance lives. The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation strives to better the human condition by supporting programs and services that give people the tools to enhance the quality of their lives and to benefit society as a whole. Since its inception, Foundation giving and the Washington Family’s personal contributions to charitable causes total more than $120 million.
 

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Public art on the campus of Salish Kootenai College (SKC). SKC is a tribally controlled college chartered in 1977 by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The College is located in Pablo, Montana, in the heart of the Flathead Indian Reservation in the scenic Mission Valley of northwestern Montana.