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Whitworth Receives Gesa Credit Union’s $25,000 Local Heroes Grant Award

November 13, 2023

Whitworth University is honored to announce it is a recipient of the Gesa Credit Union’s Local Heroes Grant award.

Whitworth was selected by the Gesa Community Foundation to receive $25,000. This is the second time Whitworth has received a generous award from Gesa.

“We were so blessed to receive a $15,000 grant from Gesa last year,” says Josh Hibbard, Whitworth’s vice president for enrollment management. “That funding allowed us to make important upgrades to the Military & Veterans Resource Center (MAVRC), which is a place for our veterans to gather in community. To receive this additional funding this year is incredible. It brings us one step closer to purchasing a wheelchair lift for the disabled veterans and guests who visit MAVRC.”

Gesa’s Local Heroes Grant Program offers funding to organizations that assist local heroes in Washington, such as firefighters, healthcare workers, law enforcement, teachers and veterans. This year, 42 organizations were awarded through the program. 

“Gesa is honored to support the Local Heroes in our community whose selfless dedication and unwavering commitment betters the lives of those across Washington,” says Don Miller, president and CEO of Gesa Credit Union. “We are inspired by the remarkable efforts of Whitworth that continue to make a positive and lasting impact, and we’re thrilled to honor their work with our Local Heroes Grant award today.”

Gesa Credit Union is one of Washington’s largest credit unions with more than $5 billion in assets. For more information on Gesa, click here

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 


Phil Labrie, associate director for military & veterans outreach, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3302 or

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