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WSU hands out record dollars in scholarships

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KENNEWICK, WA-Washington State University Tri-Cities Friday handed out a record number of scholarships totaling nearly $370,000.

At the awards breakfast, WSU says it also set a record for the number of students applying for those scholarships as a way to offset the rising cost of tuition.

Vice chancellor for Academic Affairs Dick Pratt says the average scholarship of around $2,000 can make a difference.

"This keeps kids in school, this is our goal," Pratt says. "Our goal is to graduate students. We love enrolling students but we like graduating students even more."

Francisco Soto, a WSU sophomore and one of the 200 scholarship recipients says scholarships covers about three fourths of his tuition.

"I wouldn't be here without it," Soto says. "It really goes a long way."

     The breakfast gave the students a chance to meet their sponsors, which include several local companies, but WSU says the vast majority of scholarship donations comes from private citizens.