Honorees from each of the 10 cities in Ventura County, and from Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties.
Online PR News – 13-May-2016 – Ventura, Calif. – The Ventura College Foundation awarded scholarships to 248 Ventura College students in April to help make their educational goals a reality. Nearly $500,000 in scholarships, ranging from $500 to over $10,000, was presented to student honorees by their respective donors at the 29th Annual Scholarship Awards Gala at the Ventura Beach Marriott.
Honorees represented each of the 10 cities in Ventura County, and included scholarship recipients from Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties.
Kendra Saunders and Cristina Tommeraasen, both of Ventura, and Deanna Garcia of Oxnard were honored with the top scholarship awards, each receiving $10,333 from the Mary Guthrie Teaching Scholarship. The scholarship benefits students planning to transfer to a four-year public university to become K-12 teachers. Amy Grossman of Ventura received $5,000 through the Aurora Loss Nursing Scholarship.
The James V. and Idah W. Iliff Memorial Scholarship awarded 26 students with scholarships up to $3,500. The Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship was given to 22 students, who each received $1,250. Southern California Edison honored 52 students with scholarships that included a focus on green jobs or encouraging women to study STEM fields. The amount ranged from $550 to $2,000.
“The scholarships have a great impact on the students’ futures, enabling them to continue their education at a four-year university and to concentrate on school by reducing the financial stress of paying for 100% college and their household expenses,” said Norbert Tan, Ventura College Foundation’s executive director. “At the Foundation, we have been fortunate to work with generous community members who are important partners in helping us provide greater access to a college education for hundreds of students every year.”
The Ventura College Foundation received 430 applications for the scholarships, which honor students’ academic achievement or their chosen field of study. To be eligible, students were required to write two essays, have letters of recommendation and have achieved a high academic standing. Multiple volunteer readers from the college and foundation reviewed each application.
Editor’s note: Students receiving a scholarship of $2,000 or more are listed by city below.
Dayna Justice Klinshaw
Elias Pantoja, Jr.
Greater Los Angeles
Newbury Park/Thousand Oaks
Harindra Perumabaduge Wijesinghe
Joanne Christine Garong
Jessenia Rosales Curiel
Victoria Anne Cambe
Sam Al Samet
Christine Duran Fujii
Valentina Cordoba Uribe
Heather Van Steen
Established in 1983, the Ventura College Foundation provides financial support to the students and the programs of Ventura College to facilitate student success and grow the impact and legacy of Ventura College as a vital community asset. The Foundation also hosts the Ventura College Foundation Marketplace, an outdoor shopping experience held every weekend on the Ventura College campus east parking lot. For more information, contact Norbert Tan at (805) 289-6160 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit www.venturacollege.edu/foundation, and the Foundation on Facebook and Twitter (@VC_Foundation).