Metallica renews grant with SCC, contributes to $100K scholarship program


SPOKANE, Wash. — The heavy metal band Metallica has renewed a scholarship program that will help students at Spokane Community College.

Last year, the band gave $100,000 to help more than 50 students who wanted to go into career and technical fields.

The band contributed $50,000 this year and SCC is contributing an additional $50,000.

“Our goal with the Metallica Scholars initiative was to fulfill the purpose of the grant through focusing on our returning adult population,” said SCC president Kevin Brockbank. “In addition to the more than 50 students who were directly helped by the Metallica scholars funds, we believe well over 100 additional students are now enrolled at SCC as a result of this project.”

The Metallica Scholars program at SCC focuses on assisting Adult Basic Education students transitioning into their quarter of college-level credit classes.

The scholarship helps with tuition, fees and books for the first quarter and can also assist with expenses like childcare, tools and transportation.

Nationwide, the foundation reports supporting over 700 students across 10 schools last year, with an 80-90 percent completion rate and 95 percent job placement for graduates.