Two local students receive $2,000 CBT awards

CBT helps students

The Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) congratulated the recipients of the 2011 Youth Community Service Awards. Forty-three high school graduates were recently presented with $2,000 scholarships toward their first year of post-secondary education or training.

The awards are based on volunteer community service rather than academic standing.

“CBT applauds these graduating students who have made a difference in their communities,” said Neil Muth, CBT President and CEO. ‘We are pleased to be able to recognize their efforts and to help them achieve their future goals.”

Two local students were a part of the 43 students named as award winners. Both Martin Degas and Derek Dahlin will be getting the money to aid in their post secondary aspirations.

All students graduating from a Basin high school, alternate school or other institution that grants graduation diplomas recognized by the Ministry of Education are eligible for this annual award. In total, $86,000 was distributed to graduating students throughout the Basin in 2011.

CBT also proudly supports Basin students with a second scholarship program, the College Community Service Award, which is also based on volunteer community service rather than academic standing. For more information, visit