Peierls Foundation honored at Lake Washington Institute of Technology Benefit

Peierls Foundation honored for 20 years of giving to the Lake Washington Institute of Technology High School Programs. Peierls Foundation Donates $66,000 in 20th Year Contribution.

Pictured left-to-right, Dr. Amy Morrison Goings, President, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and Brian Peierls of the Peierls Foundation.

Pictured left-to-right, Dr. Amy Morrison Goings, President, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and Brian Peierls of the Peierls Foundation.

Brian Peierls from the Peierls Foundation was honored this morning with the first ever “Distinguished Friend of the College” award at the annual LWTech Foundation "Bright Futures Benefit Breakfast" for their contribution of more than $800,000 to the high school programs at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) over the past 20 years. The Peierls Foundation just announced its 2015 donation in the amount of $66,000 to the LWTech High School Programs, their largest single donation to-date.

 

Jim and Amy Walen representing Ford of Kirkland / Hyundai of Kirkland a sponsor of the annual benefit breakfast.

Jim and Amy Walen representing Ford of Kirkland / Hyundai of Kirkland a sponsor of the annual benefit breakfast.

The Peierls Foundation’s connection to LWTech began in 1996 when Peierls visited the LWTech Kirkland campus, and met with the director of the high school programs. After learning about the needs of high school students who were seeking an alternative way to complete their high school education, the Foundation made its first donation to the school, in the amount of $10,000. The Foundation has continued to donate to the school every year since, even after Peierls moved away from the area, increasing their contributions each year. The Peierls Foundation is the leading contributor to the high school programs.
 
Looking at how the support from the Peierls Foundation has positively impacted LWTech students:

  • Direct one-on-one substance abuse counseling to over 150 students
  • Assistance with child care for over 50 students
  • 140,000 round trip by bus so students could get to and from classes
  • 100,000 hours of tutoring
  • 2,400 emergency meals
  • 275 scholarships for high purchase of uniforms, tools,  and other equipment
  • 47 students attending national leadership conferences
  • 25 scholarships for students who aged out before completing their degrees or certificates
  • 20 graduation ceremonies
  • And thousands of graduates

Brian Peierls and his brother Jeff oversee the Peierls Foundation, created by their parents in the 1950’s. The Peierls Foundation is dedicated to supporting education and social justice. It also contributes to national organizations that focus on health, medical research, and immigration.
 
The Peierls Foundation gives through the LWTech Foundation, which supports student success and educational excellence by raising critical funds for student scholarships, program support and the student emergency fund. In 2014-2015, the LWTech Foundation provided more than $100,000 in student scholarships to LWTech students.