Numerica EWU student scholarship to honor Sandy Williams

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SPOKANE, Wash. — To honor the life of Sandy Williams, Numerica Credit Union is designating one of its annual scholarships to Eastern Washington University students who embody her legacy.

Every year, five students from EWU are awarded tuition scholarships through the Numerica Scholars Endowed Fund. In 2023, one of these scholarships will go towards celebrating diversity, something synonymous with Williams and the impact she had on the Spokane community.

The scholarship will be given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to social justice work, identify as LGBTQ+, are Black or African-American, or are underrepresented in higher education.

“Sandy Williams deeply inspired Spokane’s community,” said Carla Cicero, Numerica president and CEO. “Her dedication to racial equity and social justice is something that will never be forgotten. Numerica is proud to help continue her legacy at EWU by supporting students who embody her spirit and courage.”

Numerica’s endowed scholarship fund of $500,000 provides about $20,000 in EWU scholarship funds annually.

Sandy Williams was the founder of The Black Lens newspaper and the Carl Maxey Center. Williams and her partner were among the 10 people killed in a floatplane crash on the Puget Sound in September.

Williams helped open the Pride Center at Eastern in 2010 and created foundational programming that continues today.

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