Longtime Graduate School of Education friends and donors, David and Christine Vernier, have pledged to meet the $60,000 challenge set forth by donors Irving Levin and Stephanie Fowler, for the GSE Renaissance Foundation Scholarship, recently established by Levin and Fowler with a three-year pledge totaling $120,000. The Verniers are making a generous gift totaling $240,000, including $210,000 to support PSU scholarships. The gift includes $60,000 that will go to the GSE Renaissance Foundation Scholarship fund.
The Vernier’s gift to the GSE Renaissance Foundation Scholarship will be spread over three years, and will provide support for students who are the first person in their family to graduate from a four-year college, and who intend to make a career of classroom teaching.
“As owners of an educational company, we value excellence and diversity in the teaching community,” says David. “By supporting these scholarships, we feel we are helping first-generation college students get a great education at Portland State and we are also helping to increase the overall diversity of teacher candidates.”
David and Christine Vernier are the co-founders of Vernier Software & Technology in Beaverton, which develops and produces data-acquisition products (probeware) for science classrooms and labs. David is a former physics and physical sciences teacher, and they have always been interested in science education. They are staunch supporters of science on the PSU campus, having generously supported the Northwest Center for Engineering, Science and Technology housed in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science; the remodel of Science Building 2; the Center for Science Education housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the University Venture Development Fund housed in Research and Strategic Partnerships; and the Portland Metro STEM Partnership.
“We appreciate so much the many ways the Verniers have supported the Graduate School of Education,” said Dean Randy Hitz. “This latest generous gift for scholarships is yet another example of their commitment to preparing great teachers for Oregon’s schools.”