Local engineering firm pledges $88,000 to NIC campaign


Brant Morris' roots in St. Maries go back three generations.

His father and grandfather both grew up in Benewah County and attended St. Maries High School, as did Brant, a 1977 graduate.

The family believes in community and education, which is why through his company Inland Northwest Consultants, Morris made a contribution to North Idaho College's Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams Community Campaign, which was implemented to raise funds for student scholarships and technology for the new NIC Health and Sciences Building.

Morris' pledge of $88,000, which includes a current gift as well as future giving through estate planning, established the INC/Morris Family Scholarship, representing Brant, his brother Ward and their parents Tom and Cloia.

Through the endowed scholarship fund, four $500 scholarships will be awarded each year to St. Maries High School seniors attending NIC, beginning in the 2006-2007 school year.

“The scholarship will focus on the ‘forgotten student,'” said NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson, adding that preference will be given to well-rounded students with 2.0-3.5 GPAs. “This scholarship does what others often do not. It reaches out to those students who might be overlooked by the traditional academic ‘merit' scholarship and focuses on people who need a chance to explore their potential, but might not have the resources to do so. It's geared to those who have an appreciation for the outdoors, sports, hunting and fishing for example. This scholarship will open doors for those students who may not think college is an option for them.”

Inland Northwest Consultants is an engineering, surveying and planning firm based in Post Falls, with offices in Priest River and Newport, Wash. INC has a staff of more than 40 people with numerous professional engineers and survey crews who currently work across a three-state area.
INC provides a full array of engineering, surveying, structural, planning and development services. The company has helped change the face of the community through numerous public works projects, small and large-scale developments such as the Coeur d'Alene Resort, the Coeur d'Alene Golf Course, Hagadone Hospitalities' new Blackwell Island marina and Terrace luxury condominiums, the 400-lot Strawberry Fields subdivision in Hayden, the Hayden Lake Country Club renovation and the Black Rock golf course and development.

Morris earned a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Idaho in 1982 and an associate's degree in civil engineering from Idaho State University in 1986. Although Morris did not attend NIC, he said he knows the impact that the community college has on the entire region and the ability it has to open the doors of education to those who may not be interested or have the financial capability to pursue a four-year degree.

“My goal is twofold, to inspire young people to think outside the box and to consider pursuing education and training after high school,” Morris said. “And then to provide an opportunity for those students to attend NIC through these scholarships that will give them a chance to explore their potential.”

More than $1.9 million has been raised through the NIC Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams Community Campaign toward student scholarships and equipment for the new Health and Sciences Building.

For information on the campaign or how to contribute, go to the campaign website or call the NIC Foundation at (208) 769-5978.
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For More Information
NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson, (208) 769-5978, or Brant Morris, (208) 773-8370

Posted: Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005

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