Simon Benson Award for Philanthropy
Christine & David Vernier
Christine and David Vernier founded Vernier Software & Technology in 1981, producing software and hardware for science classrooms across the country and around the world. Their Beaverton-based company regularly makes the Oregon Business list of best companies to work for in Oregon. Success has made it possible for the Verniers to give generously to numerous organizations in Oregon, including OMSI, the Oregon chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Loaves & Fishes and the Oregon Food Bank.
At Portland State University, they are advancing science education by supporting endowed scholarships as well as the Center for Science Education, Science Research and Teaching Center, and University Venture Development Fund.