Why Give to the EITC Foundation?

Donating to the EITC Foundation means giving the gift of education to those who need the helping hand to complete their educational goals and be successful members of our community. Oftentimes, financial assistance is the only roadblock to a potential student starting and/or finishing their education.

Below are a few stories of our scholarship students whose lives have been enhanced through the generous donations of everyday people.

For more information on our scholarship program, please call 208.524.0464 or email scholarships@my.eitc.edu.

Skylar Jenkins – Welding Technology

Upon graduating from high school, Skylar Jenkins was determined to become the first person in his family to attend college. A natural welder, Skylar chose to enroll in the Welding Technology program at Eastern Idaho Technical College. It was during his practical studies that Skylar further developed his extraordinary skills in artistic welding – creating clocks, décor, fixtures and more.

His art quickly caught the attention of staff and faculty on campus and he was commissioned to create several custom pieces for various events and awards. "Skylar is remarkably talented. He has the technical ability and creativity to weld incredible pieces of art. Combine his skills with his friendly personality and it's easy to see why Skylar has a successful future ahead of him," says EITC Foundation Executive Director Michelle Ziel.

Currently employed at Idaho Steel, a long-time supporter of EITC, Skylar is grateful to have received a scholarship through from the donors of the EITC Foundation.

"Receiving a scholarship gave me the opportunity to pursue a higher education and fully develop my talents in welding technologies. I am so grateful to the donors who contribute to the EITC Foundation," says Skylar.

Brook Galbraith – Licensed Practical Nursing

When the opportunity presented itself to care for her grandmother, Brook Galbraith found her true calling in nursing. She now defines what it means to be a "success story" as a recent graduate of the Licensed Practical Nursing program at Eastern Idaho Technical College, where both her life and career have bloomed. With an outgoing personality and touching smile, Brook was a shining star during her time at EITC – a star that only found its light due to scholarship.

"During my education at EITC, I have been blessed by priceless individuals and organizations that have seen something in me, believed in me and decided to invest in me as a person. I don't know how I could have survived life, let alone nursing school, without the presence of such encouragement to help me through," expresses Brook. "Thank you for providing me with the financial means to touch lives as a nurse. My heart is flooded with love and gratitude."

Scott Crew – Radiation Safety Program

The "smartest decision I ever made," says Scott Crew, was to complete the Radiation Safety Program at Eastern Idaho Technical College. Following in his mother's footsteps (she completed the program in 1990), Scott became a Radiation Control Technician. Juggling school full-time, Scott worked at a local supermarket while attending EITC and the additional financial assistance from one of our largest donors, J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation, made it possible for him to focus on his studies and graduate from the program.

"The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation will never know how appreciative I am for their assistance. The money I received to help me obtain my education was an absolute blessing. I was struggling financially and attending school full time, so the scholarship was a life saver. I have them to thank for where I am today and I could not be more grateful," he says.

And where Scott is today is in a thriving career. Within 90 days of graduation, he accepted a position with the Los Alamos National Laboratory in October 2010.

"EITC provided me with the skills necessary to obtain my position and I absolutely love my job! I have never looked forward to going to work until I received this opportunity," he says. "I am exceptionally blessed to be as fortunate as I am and I believe EITC and the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Scholarship Foundation helped me get where I am today."

Jennifer Nedrow – Automotive Technology

As a single mother of three girls, Jennifer strives to set an example for her children that education is the only way to achieve personal success. Particularly since she is interested in becoming a diesel mechanic – a traditional male career – through the Diesel Technology program at EITC. "It is important to me that I set an example for my little girls that they can be anything they want to be, regardless of gender. I also want them to grow up in a household where education is prioritized and worth any sacrifices necessary," Jennifer explains.

And Jennifer has had to make a lot of sacrifices to attend college while prioritizing her family, and the financial stress associated with it has been overwhelming at times. But with the help of the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation, the Idaho Falls Rotary Club and others, Jennifer receives vital financial assistance for the Diesel Technology program where she plans to graduate from in May 2012.

Currently the President of the Mechanical Trades Club for the second year in a row and a Senator for the EITC Student Senate, Jennifer has shown exemplary leadership skills during her time at EITC.

"I am honored to be in the Diesel Technology program and proud to represent EITC in our community," says Jennifer. "Thanks to my scholarship, I've been able to focus on my children and my education – the two most important things to me."