The spotlight shone brightly on 75 Victor Valley College students this spring as each received scholarships during the Foundation’s annual Scholarship Recognition Ceremony in the Performing Arts Center. This year’s scholarship award total surpassed the amount given last year by nearly 16 percent thanks to contributions by more than 40 community sponsors and endowment funds. In all, approximately $146,000 will be awarded to just over 140 VVC Students pursuing their educational dreams at Victor Valley College.
Students in the High Desert often struggle to make ends meet. Many work at least part time, are single parents or come from families of modest means. For these students especially, the cost of college can be a real stumbling block on their way to completion and distract them from their road to success. This was evident when communications student and single mother Brenda Rombalski gave her testimonial during the ceremony. Rombalski received the Diane Wollen “Never Too Late To Bloom” scholarship and Dr. Bettye Underhill Memorial Endowment scholarship. “I cried with joy when I heard I had received these scholarships,” she said. “I know they will help me pay for my tuition and my books and to make sure I have the ability to take my classes and remain a full time student.”
“Awarding scholarships tells the recipients we believe in them and can alleviate some real financial challenges,” said Norm Hurst, the Victor Valley College Foundation Scholarship Chairperson. “The Foundation’s emphasis this year is Student Success and scholarships support that focus.”
The Foundation’s program continues to be the leading clearinghouse of scholarship awards for High Desert residents pursing their education at Victor Valley College. They help nursing students learn to save lives, fuel education for aviation technicians in training and pave the way for transfer students to advance. In fact, awards are made to students pursuing just about every major the College offers and are typically given to those who demonstrate financial need, community service, or academic success. Applications are accepted at the beginning of VVC’s Spring Semester to prepare for the following academic year.
For more information about applying for or awarding scholarships through the Victor Valley College Foundation, visit the Foundation online at www.vvcfoundation.com/scholarships. In addition to those awarded through this annual scholarship program, the Foundation regularly posts scholarship opportunities available from other sources on its Facebook page.
The Victor Valley College Foundation is a charitable organization that makes friends and raises funds to help Victor Valley College better serve its students and community.