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The district's education foundation will use the funds for student scholarships

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: WELLS FARGO FOUNDATION - Debbie GranbergCorbett Education Foundation received a $10,000 gift from Wells Fargo & Co. in honor of a Wells Fargo employee who has volunteered with the Foundation for nearly two decades.

Wells Fargo consumer banking administrative assistant Debbie Granberg was honored with a 2018 Wells Fargo Volunteer Service Award, earning the $10,000 grant for the Corbett school group.

The award recognizes Wells Fargo employees who make a big impact on their communities with their volunteer work.

"When I got the news, I didn't quite think I heard it right. It's hard not to be ecstatic when you know that we'll be able to provide 20 scholarships. It's huge for us," Granberg said.

Granberg, who lives in Gresham, but has grandkids in Corbett schools, said not only was the gift huge for the foundation, but for her. This is a nationwide program so the competition is stiff for the awards. Granberg is one of 191 Wells Fargo employees to be recognized with a Volunteer Service Award in 2018.

Granberg has served as a Corbett Education Foundation board member for 16 years, leading the all-volunteer nonprofit organization as board chair for the last four years.

The $10,000 grant from Wells Fargo will allow the Education Foundation to increase the number of Service Awards, scholarships for Corbett High School students who demonstrate community leadership.

Students are eligible to apply for the scholarships in their senior year and for five years after graduation.

"In case they want to take a gap year before or during college," Granberg said.

In 2017, Granberg volunteered more than 600 hours with CEF, leading several fundraisers for the organization, Wells Fargo said in the announcement.

Since it was founded in 2000, the Corbett Education Foundation has helped students achieve their career goals in all fields of study, dispersing more than 600 scholarships totaling $313,000.

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