Clark College Foundation Presidential Award Recipients

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We honored Clark College’s outstanding alumni, students, faculty, staff and philanthropic partners at our event on November 2, 2017. This extraordinary event celebrates the spirit of achieving together what we cannot do alone.

Clark College Foundation announces Columbia Credit Union and Glenn and Betty Tribe as its 2017 Presidential Award for Excellence in Philanthropy recipients.

Columbia Credit Union

Columbia Credit Union, with 13 branches in Clark County, Wash., and serving four counties in Oregon, is being saluted for their leadership in education.

Lisa Gibert, president/CEO of Clark College Foundation, announced the recipients in advance of its annual donor gala, Savoring Excellence, scheduled for November 2, 2017.

“I couldn’t be prouder to bestow this award on an organization that is part of the fabric of this community,” said Gibert. “Columbia Credit Union is a leader in taking proactive steps to ensure we have a citizenry that is prepared, trained and engaged for this region’s exciting future. Their leadership in education at Clark College has allowed us to enhance the equipment to our Pharmacy Technician and STEM programs.”

Columbia Credit Union’s mission of bringing people together to make life better for themselves and their communities aligns with Clark College’s purpose of supporting individuals as they achieve their educational and professional goals.

Glenn and Betty Tribe

For Glenn ’52 and Betty ’54 Tribe, Clark College holds a special place in their hearts. It’s where they met when they attended Clark College in the early 1950s. Betty loved the sciences and said she “sailed through general chemistry.” Glenn said he wasn’t as lucky: “Chemistry class was a drilling experience for me.” Luckily, a spark ignited between them, and Glenn would have a lifelong partner to help him remember chemistry valences.

Their giving over the years to Clark College has been significant for students studying nursing and in need of financial support through scholarships. A scholarship endowment for nursing was established in memory of Glenn’s mother, Frances, who was a Clark alumna. The Frances Tribe Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund is distributed through the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington (CFSWW). The Betty and Glenn Tribe Scholarship Fund is also distributed through CFSWW.

“Glenn and Betty are passionate about education,” said Gibert. “Their contributions over the decades have helped Clark students defy expectations. They are 100 percent committed to this institution and have made it a point to get their family involved in giving back to our community.”

Gibert is referring to a separate endowment that the Tribes’ established through CFSWW that is directed by their family members.

Clark College Foundation’s Presidential Award recipients will be honored during Savoring Excellence, an annual dinner and program. There will be performances by Miss Washington Alicia Cooper ’15, Clark College’s Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble and classical guitarist James Manuele. The foundation will also highlight students, faculty, staff, alumni and philanthropic partners.

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  • Glenn and Betty Tribe

    We are deeply humbled, to be receiving the 2017 Presidential Award. It is our pleasure to be a part of what Clark College is doing with and for individual students and our community. We look forward to the gala celebration!

  • Lyle Hylen

    What a great surprise to see Glenn and Betty Tribe has received the CLARK COLLEGE FOUNDATION PRESIDENTIAL AWARD. I am always amazed at what you folks are always doing for other. God has bless you and yours.
    Love, Lyle

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