21 adult re-entry students each received a Phoenix Scholarship.
Students receiving awards were from all areas in and around Ventura County
On Thursday, March 31 at the Ventura College Wright Event Center Ventura College re-entry students received scholarships to help achieve their goals.
The 17th Annual Phoenix Scholarship Ceremony offered larger scholarships, helping students overcome financial hardships
21 adult re-entry students, who have overcome difficult circumstances in order to pursue their studies at Ventura College, each received a Phoenix Scholarship between $1,000 and $5,000 from the Ventura College Foundation. These students have inspiring stories that all share a common thread: Never give up on the dream of a college education. A total of $37,000 was distributed at the event.
The event was hosted by the Foundation’s staff and board of directors.
In previous years, all students received $1000. The larger scholarships launched this year reflect the increasing cost of education and several Foundation donors’ desire to relieve as many barriers to education as possible.
Recipients were selected based on their academic goals and progress, along with their financial need. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must submit an application and essay, and obtain recommendations from counselors, faculty and employers.
The Ventura College Foundation’s board of directors established the scholarship in 1999 after learning about the unique challenges of Ventura College re-entry students.
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 at the college. For more information, contact the Foundation at 289-6461 or visit www.venturacollege.edu