Diana Chubenko was one of six students to be awarded a scholarship to attend the Community Colleges of Spokane last year. It was the second year the 3.92 GPA nursing student had received funds from the Spokane Valley Fire Department’s Employees Scholarship Fund and it helped her achieve her dream of becoming a Registered Nurse. She graduated in April 2018.
“I would like to thank you for helping me achieve my goals and dreams,” Chubenko said. “This journey would be much more difficult for sure, maybe not even possible, without your contributions. Thank you for giving me and my family a chance for a better future!”
Chubenko lives within the SVFD service area and attended Spokane Community College (SCC). She is precisely the type of non-traditional student the SVFD Employees’ Scholarship Fund serves – individuals retooling their skills to move back into the workforce by pursuing a vocational or technical degree through the Community Colleges of Spokane.
Voluntary payroll deductions from SVFD employees are the main funding source for the scholarships. Since the fund’s inception in 2011 by a group of firefighters, 42 scholarships have been provided by SVFD employees to SVFD residents totaling almost $117,000.
“Our scholarships continue to be an effective way for Spokane Valley Fire Department employees to positively affect our community,” said Darrin Coldiron, Spokane Valley firefighter and founder of the SVFD Employee Scholarship Fund. “We help residents in our service area who demonstrate drive, passion and hard work to overcome financial hurdles and become productive members of our community. The stories of hardship and darkness overcome by sheer will, perseverance and grit are truly inspiring. We are very proud to be part of the growth and future success of our outstanding scholarship recipients.”