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The Daniel H. Burtness Memorial Leadership Award was established in memory of a beloved Whitworth student and Young Life leader who died after an auto accident in 2008. The award is given to a student who is active as a strong spiritual leader on campus or in Young Life. The 2015-16 recipient of the scholarship is theology major Benjamin Olson, '17.

"This scholarship means more than I know how to articulate," Benjamin says. "There's a similar scholarship in my father's name at his alma mater, Pacific Lutheran University, and I've had the privilege of meeting many of the students who received his scholarship. So I know how special it can be to see a loved one's memory live on through the encouragement of new learning and growth. And, knowing and loving Daniel's brother, Ben Burtness [Whitworth, '17], I am tremendously honored."

Benjamin, who hopes to work "through a nonprofit such as Compassion International to play a part in ending the poverty cycle," is grateful to those who funded the Burtness Scholarship for making that possible.

"Thanks for investing in me," he says, "and for allowing the tragedy of Daniel's loss to motivate you to invest in others."

Pines to Promise is an initiative of The Campaign for Whitworth that supports endowed scholarships like the one Benjamin received. This initiative, a focus of the campaign, supports the establishment of these scholarships, with Whitworth providing $1 million in matching funds. The initiative exists to help undergrad students earn their degrees among the pines and then to fulfill their promise in a hurting world.

The Pines to Promise goal was to create 40 new endowed scholarships. The number of new scholarships established, with more than a year left in the campaign, now stands at 43.