Investing in the Future - Saddleback College Scholarships
Read Alexis Petrovich's inspiring story, told at the 2012 Saddleback College Scholarship Ceremony. You can watch a video of her moving speech here
Excitement fills the air as each new semester begins. Students come to Saddleback College knowing that they are on their way to creating a more successful and fulfilling future. They register for classes, buy their books and supplies, get acquainted with the campus and locate their classrooms. Dreams of transferring to a four year institution or gaining the skills they need to further their careers are formed.
With all of this excitement come many concerns: Am I going to be successful in my classes? How am I going to balance college and my other responsibilities? Will I be able to enroll in the classes I need to graduate? And the biggest one – how am I going to pay for college? With 24% of our student population (approximately 5,000 individuals) qualifying for financial aid - and thousands more who are not eligible for aid but struggle to make ends meet, this is a serious question that many must ask. Fortunately, generous donors have helped many of these students succeed.
In 2013, nearly 200 donors contributed almost $510,000 in scholarship dollars to 326 students. It was a record breaking year for Saddleback College Foundation, but there was still a tremendous amount of unmet need. In 2014, the record broke again, with over $720,000 awarded to 405 students. Below are some photos from the scholarship ceremony in 2015.
Edna Vaughan and Sandy Sweetland from the Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain, with the winners of the Rose Society scholarship, Jade Orr and Kristen Wernick, at the 2015 Ceremony
Dr. Tod Burnett, and Jim Leach from the Saddleback College Foundation award Derek Duesler from the San Clemente Men's Golf Club, as Donor organization of the Year.
Student Sara Joy Muniz, Sue and Bill Gross Scholarship, stands with her fellow scholarship recipients.
Don Greenspan, donor of the year, recieves his plaque for his support and particularly his gifts establishing an endowed scholarship, the Julienne Callahan Greenspan Endowment for the Arts.