Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 15, 2007

Whitworth MIM Graduate Student Receives Scholarship
from International Trade Alliance

Heath Katsma is the latest graduate student in the Whitworth Master of International Management Program selected to receive the Edward Tsutakawa Scholarship. Katsma's selection follows Whitworth MIM student Summer Agan, who received the scholarship in 2006, and previous MIM student winners Jennifer VanVleet and Suman Polepaka. Katsma was formally announced as the 2007 scholarship recipient Feb. 8 at the International Trade Alliance's annual meeting in Spokane.

"The fact that one of our MIM students has again been selected for this prestigious community scholarship is testimony to the high quality of our graduate-business students and the reputation of our master's program in the business world," says Kyle Usrey, dean of the School of Global Commerce & Management at Whitworth.

Katsma graduated from Whitworth in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He plans to use the scholarship to finance study-abroad opportunities that will give him experience in international microenterprise, the area in which he plans to pursue a career.

"Heath was selected because of his outstanding commitment to international business," says Jenifer Priest, marketing and event coordinator for the International Trade Alliance. "His academic record and his internship with the Letta Microfinance Institute aligned with the purpose of the scholarship program, which is to recognize students who are and will continue to be committed to international commerce."

The Tsutakawa Scholarship's namesake, Edward Tsutakawa, was a community and business leader who was an influential force in his support of education and development in Spokane. The scholarship was created in honor of his outstanding commitment to promoting Spokane in the global arena.

Each year the International Trade Alliance awards the Tsutakawa Scholarship to a local college or university student who is engaged in studies with the goal of pursuing a career in international business and trade. The scholarship is a one-time grant in the amount of $500. Applicants must be full-time students who demonstrate evidence of academic excellence and who are studying international relations or commerce.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Kyle Usrey, dean of the School of Global Commerce and Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777- 4721 or kusrey@whitworth.edu.

Mary Alberts, director of Graduate Studies in Business, School of Global Commerce & Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4280 or malberts@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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