Dr. Selinger took note of community college graduates during his career as a cardiothoracic surgeon, describing Spokane Community College's allied health programs as being so important to the medical community in and around Spokane, exclaiming "It's really quite exciting."

The Selingers themselves became SCC students, taking classes to better learn computer skills, and in 2008 established an endowed scholarship fund.

The Selingers’ fund generously provides scholarships to people who have completed the colleges' Career Transition program. The six-week program prepares people whose life circumstances prevent them from attending college or getting training they need to enter a career path.

Rosemary says that, "Our desire is to make some change in the community, improve things for others. The community has been so good to us. We've benefited so greatly living and working in Spokane. It's nice to give a little bit back and make a difference, we hope."

As Dr. Selinger describes it, the scholarship endowment is a niche where "we feel we are changing people's lives, helping them get into the workforce and helping them get the skills they need just as much as I needed computer skills at that point in my life. It worked."

If you are interested in supporting students both now and in the future through a legacy gift, please contact Heather-Beebe-Stevens, Executive Director of the Foundation, at (509) 434-5125.