Scholarship Stories

EWURA’s endowed scholarship fund, supported in part by membership fees, golf league proceeds and member gifts, has helped more than 40 EWU students earn their degrees. The fund now awards scholarships to two students annually.

Scholarship recipient Kevin Uyekawa and son.

Hardworking Single Dad Receives EWURA Scholarship

Kevin Uyekawa, 41, will enter his senior year at Eastern this coming fall. The single father of a 5-year-old son is majoring in mechanical engineering while holding down a paid internship and logging a lot of miles in his car. Uyekawa can continue his education and pursue his goals – with a little more breathing … Read more

Student Pursues Dream Career Thanks to EWURA

Irie Browning, 27, is passionate about life’s deeper meaning and how it is articulated in different cultures. With the help of the EWURA, she will continue pursuing that thirst for knowledge.  Browning, a junior, plans to earn a doctorate degree and become a philosophy professor. The retirees’ association recently awarded her a $3,105 Golden Eagle Scholarship to … Read more

Published Children’s Author Receives a Scholarship

Nan Whybark isn’t your typical returning student.  After raising five children and retiring from a 25-year career as a para-educator, Whybark moved to Davenport, Washington with plans to return to college and earn a degree in studio art from EWU.  “I’m an older student. I’ll be 70 in December,” says Whybark, who was thrilled to … Read more

First Generation Student Gets Award

Jordan Vasquez-Evans ’22 is headed for great things. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management and entrepreneurship in June and, at the age of 20, is on a path to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from EWU. She was watching an Eagle basketball game when she received notice from the Financial Aid … Read more