The Community Awards of Distinction were established in 2009 by Chancellor Emeritus H.A. “Hal” Dengerink as part of Washington State University Vancouver’s 20th anniversary celebration.
Dengerink believed strongly in the reciprocal relationship between the university and the community—when one thrives, both prosper.
“These awards present an opportunity to call out parts of our community that build community. Both award winners target efforts that fill cracks here. They answer a real need,” said Dengerink.