WSU Tri-Cities Receives Large Donation

WSU Tri-Cities is celebrating the largest donation from a single source that it's ever received.

CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company is giving one million dollars to the campus.

It's the first time this campus has received a seven figure donation from one source.

The one million dollars will be spread over the next five years dedicated to the science and engineering programs.

The money will fund two new faculty positions. The chancellor says it's important especially with the local demand and need for engineers and scientists.

Vicky Carwein says, "The Hanford clean-up is going to continue for a lot of years yet and primarily it's scientists and engineering that are needed to do that. So it became clear to us as we began planning for the future that we had to be graduating more engineers and graduating more scientists."

For students in the civil engineering department this makes a big difference.

Instead of finishing their senior year on the Pullman campus like they have to now, this money means they can finish right here in the Tri-Cities.

Overall, WSU Tri-Cities is trying to raise $25 million as a part of a university wide fundraising campaign.