Ventura College Foundation Distributes Over $640,000 In Scholarships
Students were notified this month of their scholarship awards. Scholarship amounts range from an average of nearly $2,400 for continuing students to an average of nearly $4,000 for students who are transferring to four-year universities in the fall.
"Despite the challenges during the school year because of the pandemic and virtual learning, many Ventura College students were able to excel in their academic studies," says Rob van Nieuwburg, Ventura College Foundation board chair. "Scholarship recipients are a wonderful example of the drive and commitment that our students show every day. Education is the gift that can pull families out of poverty, establish new futures, and launch dreams. We have been fortunate to be able to continue our mission during COVID to foster and enhance the education of Ventura College students."
Scholarships were awarded in all academic fields including STEM, art, health and liberal arts. Recipients came from nearly every city in Ventura County including Ventura (75), Oxnard (65), Santa Paula (27), Camarillo (13), Fillmore (8) and Port Hueneme (6).
A recipient of two scholarship awards this year, Bryan Rodriguez and his older sisters are the first in his family to attend college. His parents immigrated to America to provide a better life for their family.
"It is an amazing feeling to accomplish something my parents were never afforded the opportunity to do," says Rodriguez, 18. "I look forward to graduating and making my parents proud. This scholarship opportunity will help me engage in experiences that are often unpaid. I need the funds to continue to learn through experience and afford the school supplies, textbooks, transportation and other costs associated with going to college."
Scholarship recipient Jimena Pérez Arroyo, 18, came to the U.S. from Mexico at nine with her mom seeking a better future. "I was taught the value of education and hard work," says Pérez Arroyo who attends Ventura College full time and works part time.
Pérez Arroyo knew she wanted to be a pilot since she was 12. She excelled in math and science throughout her schooling and is now studying engineering at Ventura College. Her goal is to obtain a pilot's license and a B.A. in mechanical or aerospace engineering. "I am thankful that VC offers a comfortable environment where I know I can learn and grow," she says. "The scholarships will help reduce the stress over monetary issues."
The Ventura College Foundation is grateful for the continuing support of scholarship event sponsors. They include Edison International, Miracle Mile Advisors, Citizens Business Bank, Searle Creative and Bank of the Sierra.
For more about scholarships and other support services provided by the Ventura College Foundation, go to www.VenturaCollegeFoundation.org.