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Skagit Valley College student receives Sydney S. McIntyre, Jr. Scholarship

Skagit Valley College student Fabrianne Walker, of Mount Vernon, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the SVC Foundation’s largest scholarship, the Sydney S. McIntyre, Jr. Skagit Valley College Memorial Scholarship.  The scholarship was announced during spring quarter at the Mount Vernon Campus Honors Reception and was presented to Walker by Tessea McIntyre-Smith, daughter of the late Sydney S. McIntyre, Jr.

This coveted scholarship provides full tuition, books, room, and board for two years at any Washington state public college or university for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in math, science, or engineering.

“It is with great pleasure that I award this exceptional student with a scholarship that represents my father’s vision and generosity,” said Tessea McIntyre-Smith.  “It is such a wonderful feeling to extend our family’s support to assist our community’s brightest individuals in achieving their educational goals and dreams.”

With a deep passion for the subjects of math, science, and engineering, Fabrianne Walker attended SVC as a Running Start student from Mount Vernon High School.  This spring, she graduated from SVC with an Associate in Science in Geology, an Associate in Science in Physics and Engineering, and an Associate in Science in Computer Science.  In the fall, she will transfer to the University of Washington where she will pursue an electrical engineering degree.  For the past three years, Walker has developed a love of robotics and has been active in Skagit County’s SeaTech 4-H Club, working to build an underwater robot, called an ROV.

Sydney S. McIntyre, Jr. died in 1997 at 73 years of age.  His wife, Georgia McIntyre, preceded him in death.  He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in mechanical engineering and was a lifelong resident of Skagit County, serving as vice president of the Skagit Corporation for 20 years and directing its engineering department.  In addition, he served as a Skagit County Port Commissioner and was a member of the SVC Foundation Board of Governors.  Most recently, he was honored by Skagit Valley College as an outstanding community member and was inducted into the SVC Hall of Fame in April 2010.

Sydney S. McIntyre, Jr. established the scholarship that bears his name with a bequest of approximately $2.9 million in 1999 in an effort to inspire future generations of students to achieve their educational dreams.  The provisions of this fund reflect his belief in and support for educational institutions in Washington and his desire to promote applied science careers.  His daughter, Tessea McIntyre-Smith, helps to fulfill her father’s wishes by joining the scholarship committee each year as the recipients are considered and selected.

The McIntyre Scholarship is part of the SVC Foundation’s scholarship program and is administered through the Seattle Foundation.

The Skagit Valley College Foundation has been making student dreams a reality and supporting exceptional educational programs since 1978, thanks to the generosity of thousands of donors.  The SVC Foundation works to identify, promote, receive and manage all gifts to Skagit Valley College from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other organizations.  All gifts are managed in accordance with donor wishes.  For to learn more about the Skagit Valley College Foundation, contact www.skagit.edu/foundation or (360) 416-7870.

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