2017 Advocate for Education Award Recipients – STCU
STCU support for education
STCU honors its roots by recognizing education as the key to individual achievement, economic vitality and an informed citizenry.
Our founders were teachers, and many of our board members have been teachers, principals and superintendents in public schools. Tom Johnson, our CEO and president, is a former Whitworth University vice president whose immediate family is deeply involved in K-12 education.
STCU has underwritten the Educational Leadership Certification Program at WSU for a decade. We are a Crimson level benefactor of WSU, and support the College of Education, College of Pharmacy, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, College of Nursing, and WSU Spokane. STCU is also a significant donor to the Spokane Teaching Health Clinic at WSU Spokane, STCU also sponsors a variety of student orientation activities and provides other support.
Education is one of three areas of focus for our financial giving and we are a key resource for school districts and colleges, as well as non-profits working to promote education. We encourage our members to participate in public elections, including school levies and bond issues.
The credit union also helps sponsor scholarships, including Spokane Scholars, which recognizes the very best scholarship at Spokane-area high schools.
Throughout the past year, we have highlighted ten area NEWESD 101 Distinguished Teachers in a video series focusing on the positive impacts of area educators on our students. We also celebrate educators by deliver gifts to 1,200 administrative professionals in public school districts each year.
We play significant roles in over 30 back-to-school events at more than 20 public school districts and most area colleges and universities.
We support a wide array of academic programs at all of the region’s public and non-profit private colleges. And we support the U-District development program in Spokane.
We are dedicated to financial education and provide classroom presentations and curriculum, teaching over 7,000 students a year with our My life, My money financial literacy curriculum.