Thursday, January 30, 2014

Whitworth students receive scholarships from Logos Bible Software


Whitworth's mathematics & computer science department have awarded an annual scholarship for computer science majors through collaboration with Logos Bible Software. Last month, Whitworth juniors Joey Corry and Lauren Pangborn were each awarded $1,000 through the Logos Bible Software Annual Scholarship.

Pangborn says that scholarships like the one awarded by Logos are important in funding her education. “It's humbling to be recognized by my professors, and it eases the financial burden on the family,” Pangborn says. “This scholarship also enables me to experience other opportunities Whitworth has to offer, including study trips.” This month, Pangborn participated in Whitworth’s Southeast Asia study tour.

The Logos Scholarship's recipients are selected each year by faculty in the mathematics & computer science department. Professor of Math & Computer Science Pete Tucker was on the selection committee that chose Corry and Pangborn as this year's recipients.

“As we thought about the Logos Scholarship, we wanted to recognize students who we felt would represent Whitworth well,” Tucker says. “Joey and Lauren are both strong, bright, hard-working students who work well in team settings and strive to do well in everything they take on.”

After a number of successful student internships through Whitworth, Jim Straatman, technologist at Logos Bible Software, approached the university with the idea for a scholarship. Straatman says Logos seeks top colleges and universities, both regionally and nationally, for long-term scholarship and recruiting partnerships.
"Whitworth has a top-notch computer science program and has produced some great long-term talent," says Straatman.

This year, Matthew Draper, ’16, will join Logos as an intern. Joshua Starkey, ’13, who received a Logos Scholarship last year, will be joining the company full time this spring. Justin Blackwood, ’12, is currently employed by Logos as a software developer.

Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Bellingham, Wash., Logos Bible Software is the leading publisher of multilingual Bible software on Mac, Windows, and mobile platforms. Logos partners with more than 130 publishers to make nearly 17,000 electronic books available to customers in more than 180 countries.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Nancy Rau, associate director for donor relations, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4250 or nrau@whitworth.edu.

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or lbeechinor@whitworth.edu.