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Islander Wins College Scholarship for Future Business Leaders

The Association of Washington Business (AWB) Institute named eight scholarship winners from around the state on Friday, Feb. 1.

The Association of Washington Business Institute has named Mercer Island High School Graduate Dominique Bitners as one of eight high school and college students awarded the 2012 Don C. Brunell Scholarship for Future Business Leaders.

Bitners is currently attending the University of Washington. Natalie Riel of Spokane Valley’s Central Valley High School won the scholarship's top award.

In addition to Riel & Bitners, six other students will receive scholarships this year, including:

• Courtney Widhalm: Graduate of Riverside Christian School in Yakima, now attending Colorado School of Mines.
• Kenny Raymond: A Woodinville High School graduate, now attending the University of Washington.
• Bryce Remington: Graduate of The Overlake School in Redmond, now attending the University of Michigan.
• Mackenzie Young: Graduate of Glencoe High School in Hillsboro, Ore., now attending Oregon State University.
• Gregory Lewis: Bellingham High School graduate, now attending Gonzaga University.
• Carson Carruth: Elma High School graduate, now attending Grays Harbor Community College.

The AWB Institute, a nonprofit affiliate of the Association of Washington Business, administers the annual scholarship program, which seeks to inspire and aid the next generation of business leaders.

A total of $7,600 was awarded to students who applied for the 2012 scholarship. The average GPA of the applicants was 3.704, and their areas of study included chemical and biological engineering, business and economics, agriculture business management, business administration, and international business and psychology.

“This is a bright, ambitious group of young people, and I’m pleased that we can help them take the next step in their education,” said Don Brunell, president of AWB and the scholarship’s namesake. “It’s always encouraging to see highly capable students express an interest in the free-enterprise system that has made our country great.”

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