Press Release

Tuesday, January 22

Columbia River H.S. Student Awarded Gordon Scholarship

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business (AWB) announced that Liliana Delgadillo, a Columbia River High School sophomore, has been awarded the C. David Gordon Scholarship to attend Washington Business Week this summer at Gonzaga University.

Delgadillo is an honors student in the school’s International Baccalaureate program and a member of the 2012 AAA state championship soccer team.  She is the daughter of Esteban and Jennifer Delgadillo of Vancouver.

She will be participating in the health care pathway along with high school students from across Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Delgadillo was selected from more than 1,000 students applying for Business Week this summer.

The scholarship is named for longtime AWB President Dave Gordon, a founder of the Business Week program in 1975. AWB initiated the scholarship shortly after Gordon died in 2003. The scholarship pays for the student’s costs to attend the one-week program and is valued at $1,000.

Business Week was founded by the Association of Washington Business in 1975. Since the first program at Central Washington University, it has expanded to Gonzaga, Pacific Lutheran and Western Washington universities in our state. Along with the traditional Business Week program, in Washington it includes pathways in health care, energy, manufacturing and agri-business.

There are 26 other states with similar programs and the Foundation for Private Enterprise Education which manages Washington Business Week also manages similar programs in Alaska and Poland.

This coming summer, Washington Business Week will launch its summer program at Western Washington University on June 23, followed by Gonzaga (July 6), Central Washington (July 21) and Pacific Lutheran (Aug. 4).

The Poland Business Week program will be in Boleslawowo, Gdańsk, Mińsk Mazowiecki and Gdynia, while Alaska Business Week will be at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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