284 Ventura College Students Receive Scholarships at Awards Gala

Ventura, CA - Over $563,000 in scholarships were awarded to 284 Ventura College students in May. Awards ranged from $500 to $9,500 and were presented by the Ventura College Foundation to recipients by their respective donors at the 28th Annual Scholarship Awards Gala at the Ventura Beach Marriott. Students whose scholarship donors have passed received their awards at the 2nd annual Scholarship Awards Picnic.

Natalie Gallardo and Erica Garcia, both of Ventura, and Dayna Davis of Camarillo received the top scholarship awards, each receiving $9,500 from the Mary Guthrie Teaching Scholarship. The scholarship benefits students who plan to transfer to a four-year public university to become K-12 teachers. Also awarded was $8,000 each to Adam Braver and Kori Farrell, both of Ventura, and Oxnard residents Julia Osborne and Alina Rutschky as part of the Martin Hansen Family Scholarship fund for students transferring to a four-year public university.

Twenty-three students received scholarships up to $2,500 from the Gene Haas Foundation. Southern California Edison honored 51 students with scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000. The scholarships include the SoCal Edison STEM Scholarships for Women who are planning to attend a four-year university in the fall, and the Green Jobs Initiative Scholarship.

“The Foundation’s board is dedicated to supporting the educational arc of all our students, from starting off at Ventura College with the Promise grant and accessing our Textbook Lending Library, to receiving scholarships to help them transfer to four-year universities. We are fortunate that we can help so many students achieve success and hope to increase the number next year,” said Norbert Tan, Ventura College Foundation’s executive director.

The Ventura College Foundation received over 450 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. For a complete list of recipients, contact Sarene Wallace at Mayerson Marketing & Public Relations at sarene@mayersonmarketing.com or 805-373-1100 x 1.

Samantha Smithers
Cynthia Banales
Brandon Burns
Pluton Gradeci
Anita Tambat
Dayna Davis
Ivan Santana

Marlene Carvajal
Esteban Casas

Ryan Gallagher

Julia Osborne
Alina Rutschky
Thuy Tran
Angela Mireles
Maria Tapia
Christopher Palacios
Argeniss Figueroa
Gregory Vance
Maria Maldonado Oxnard cont.
Lorraine Miramontes
Eric Arteaga
Elaine Chavez
Jose Barrera
James Mallinson
Loren Gutierrez
Taylor Kroneberger
Chazney Markle
Corrine Perez
Karina Kays
Oliver Nguyen
John Trinh
Jeanette Rennie
Maria Gutierrez

Port Hueneme
Lydia Marie Gastelum

Santa Paula
Brigitte Kiesewetter
Nicholas Vandergeugten
Lucia Marquez
Vincent Chavez
Maria Villalon Landeros Thousand Oaks
Harindra Perumabaduge Wijesinghe
John Kim

Natalie Gallardo
Erica Garcia
Adam Braver
Kori Farrell
Janette Moreno
Deborah Leonard
Stephen Cordova
Ryan Kielas
Jonathan Richmond
Chelsea Malone
Estefania Sanchez
Shannon Kenney
Alejandro Robles
Danikka Morrison
Olivia Rada
Pamela McCormick
Megan Bograd
Carly Bell
Christina Robinson
Pamela Denny
Heather Julius

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 ntan@vcccd.edu. Also visit www.venturacollege.edu/foundation, and the Foundation on Facebook and Twitter (@VC_Foundation).