Ventura College Foundation Honors Adults who Return to School
Phoenix Scholarships Help Re-entry Students Pursue their Goals

Ventura College Foundation program has helped hundreds of students since 1999

Ventura, Calif. — The Ventura College Foundation is awarding Phoenix Scholarships to 32 adults who decided to return to school at Ventura College to achieve their career goals. Scholarship recipients with minimal or no financial resources to cover the costs of their education will receive scholarships of $1,000 each at the 15th annual scholarship ceremony, held 6-8 p.m., March 20 at Wright Event Center on the Ventura College campus, 57 Day Road. The Ventura College Foundation’s staff and board of directors will host the event.

“I’m always inspired by the scholarship recipients’ stories of perseverance as they overcome financial and personal challenges to be in school so they can upgrade their skills,” said Norbert Tan, executive director of the Ventura College Foundation. “It’s stressful trying to pay for college when you’re already balancing school with working and caring for a family, so being able to give these hard-working students a Phoenix Scholarship is very rewarding.”

Ventura College Foundation board members started the Phoenix Scholarship Program in November 1999 after learning about the special needs of Ventura College re-entry students. Re-entry students are defined as people who return to school to learn new skills in order to be competitive in the marketplace or who are returning to school after an extended break.

Phoenix Scholarship recipients are selected based on their academic goals and progress, along with their financial need. To be eligible for a scholarship, the students must submit an application and essay, and obtain recommendations from counselors, faculty and employers.

A list of recipients is below.
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 Or visit

2014 Phoenix Scholarship Recipients:
Amanda Marie Adams
Donald Adams
Allison Paige Akrop
Julia Barrios
Kristen Marie Cappellucci
Mariesa Kristine Chavez
Crystal Coke
Morgan Conner
Dana Jean Espina
Christy Ferguson
Whitney Glidden
Sandy Gonzalez Zavala
Katherine Elizabeth Gronewold
Maria Guerrero
Katiuska Hernandez Caro
Scott L. Kosche
Carlos Valentino Landeros
James Williams Mallinson
Keith Allen Manson
Sara Medina
April Pentangelo
Jeanette Susanne Rennie
Wayne Romans
Christopher Salazar
Amber Elizabeth Shields
Caryanne Shin
Nicole Marie Snyder
Rachel Stark
Lucas Thayer
Kelsey Tribble
Kristen True
Dolores Yolanda Velasquez