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Adult High School Endowed Scholarship

7 Reasons to Join the MiraCosta College Adult High School:
1.  It is tuition free.
2. We offer both day and night classes.
3.  You can choose one or more classes, you set the pace.
4.  You can do anything for eight weeks at a time.
5.  Adult High School students are also MiraCosta College students.
6.  Many of the Adult High School classes are similar to the college credit classes.
7.  It is never too late to get a fresh start on your education.




 

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American Association of University Women, Del Mar-Leucadia Branch Endowed Scholarship (Osher)

The Del Mar-Leucadia Branch California, Inc., is a branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The AAUW Del Mar-Leucadia branch was founded in 1955 to serve the San Diego North County coastal communities of La Costa, Leucadia, Encinitas, Olivenhain, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, Del Mar, and Carmel Valley.
Friendship, networking, community action projects, education, and fundraising are just some of the aspects that attract members to our organization.
Mission Statement: The purpose of AAUW is to promote equity for all women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Scholarship criteria:  
Student must be receiving a Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW), have completed 24 or more degree applicable units, have stated career goals, a 2.0 or better GPA, majoring in Nursing.

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  • Osher - American Association of University Women, Del Mar-Leucadia Branch Endowed Scholarship

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Angel Society of Fallbrook Scholarship

The Angel Society of Fallbrook, California is a non-profit philanthropy that raises funds for the community primarily through the operation of the Angel Shop, a thrift store at 1002 S. Main Avenue in downtown Fallbrook, run entirely by volunteers.
The group has come a long way since it was originally founded in 1956 as a chapter of the Children’s Home Society, a statewide adoption agency. At that time, all proceeds from its thrift shop sales were donated to San Diego for distribution. It wasn’t until those early members realized that many of Fallbrook’s needs were not being met by any agency or support group that they voted in 1978 to become an independent organization with its primary goal to raise funds for the greater Fallbrook area. Within the next seven years, they contributed nearly $182,000 to Fallbrook charities and received widespread recognition for their fundraising efforts, including a letter of commendation from President Ronald Reagan. To date, the Angel Society has generated upwards of $2.7 million in support over the years for local charities and programs (see Charitable Contributions), as well as enriched the community through a major contribution of $50,000 toward reconstruction of the Fallbrook Library.
The Angel Society is governed by 33 members of the Board of Directors who are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Angel Shop. They are supported by more than 300 associate members who assist with staffing at the shop and other duties, as well as 200 additional members who provide financial contributions and donations of merchandise. Over the years, countless members of the community and local businesses have also provided support.

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Anna L. Cardwell Endowed Scholarship

Anna Cardwell grew up in Oklahoma on a small dirt farm close to the Cherokee Indian Reservation of her heritage. Her early years can only be described as hard and poor. At age 14 she dared to trade her job picking and hauling 100-pound bags of cotton for what was to be the start of her career in business, as an operator at the local telephone company.

Without the benefit of a formal education, she knew her future was dependent on her own industry, tenacity and ability to learn on the job. She slowly climbed the ladder in the business world while struggling as a single parent. Her efforts were rewarded, and by the 1970’s she had secured herself a successful moving company. Anna made plans so that after her death she could support and help those who face similar struggles she faced.

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Arnold Rice Scholarship

The Arnold Rice Scholarship was founded in 2013 in loving memory of Arnold Jefferson Rice.  Arnold was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1937 and raised in Monessen, Pennsylvania.  He was an avid sports fan, ran track and played football in high school.  After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force and studied at Yale University to become a linguist. Tripoli was his most interesting duty station, where he served as a linguist in the military police.  Later in life he ventured out in pursuit of a lifelong dream to be an entrepreneur, and purchased a successful power washing franchise, in which he owned and operated for 26 years.

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  • Arnold Rice Memorial Scholarship

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Asian Pacific Islander Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who have completed six units or more at MiraCosta College with a GPA of 2.0 or greater and demonstrate financial need. Qualified candidates must be students planning to enroll in six units at MiraCosta College or are transferring to a four-year institution.
Students must have completed a minimum of 25 hours of volunteer service in the Pacific Islander community,  Service activities must be performed while the student is enrolled at MiraCosta College, and service hours must be documented through the Service Learning and Volunteer Center.  Students must provide a current Service Learning/Volunteer timecard and an unofficial MiraCosta College transcript. 
Priority given to those with financial need. 

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Bela Miko Endowed Scholarship

Bela was born in Tornyospálca, Hungary, to hardworking farmers.  They wanted a better life for their children and immigrated to Canada where Bela remembers selling bagels and newspapers on the street corner before going to school.  School was very important to the family, but it was a struggle. Nothing was easy for immigrants in 1930’s Toronto. The family persevered, and eventually Bela brought his own family to the United States where he pursued a career in engineering. Bela crisscrossed the globe, following nuclear power plants all over the world, combining his job with his insatiable love of travel. People, to Bela, were simply friends he had yet to meet. He did not know the word “stranger,” for everyone was a friend to Bela.  
Retirement was when the true fun began. Bela was free to travel and it was in retirement that he became a volunteer officer with the Oceanside Police Department. He loved putting on his uniform and serving his community. He enjoyed his years in the patrol car, but his favorite time was spent at the Oceanside Pier at the “beach lock up.” He loved answering phones, assisting officers and the public in any way he could. In 2008, he was honored as Volunteer Officer of the Year.
The Miko Family chose Administration of Justice as the recipient of the Bela Miko Endowed Scholarship to honor our father’s commitment to education and law enforcement.

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Bernardo Gardeners Garden Club Scholarship

The Bernardo Gardeners Club has 100+ members who share the pleasures of gardening with each other and the community. Throughout the year, during the Club's meetings and activities, we focus on creating and promoting projects pertinent to general gardening, floral and landscape design, plants and wildlife, conservation of natural resources, and the beautification of our neighborhoods and community as a whole.  Additionally, members enjoy tours of nurseries, botanical gardens, private
member gardens, and other interesting garden-related field trips.

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Black Lives Matter Scholarship

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Bob Kitchin Endowed Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Bob Kitchin by his wife Betty. Bob was known as one of the most popular teachers at Oceanside High School, where he taught for 11 years and was very much admired at MiraCosta College where he taught for 21 years. Besides teaching academics, Bob was interested in teaching students skills that would prepare them for life. He would involve all students in the classroom even the most shy. He has been described as inspirational, caring, honest, and humorous. The couple had no children of their own, but "He felt all these people coming back for advice, they are his kids. They are his children" said Betty and the sentiment was shared by his students. He sought the interest of his students which made a difference in their lives, as some have reported. Bob and Betty met at Carroll College in Wisconsin, where they married and were married for 63 years. "He was an outdoors person. He liked parks better than he liked cities" said Betty. Together Bob and Betty made an extraordinary life together, one full of travel, teaching, and giving back to the community.
 

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Bob Morin Music Endowed Scholarship

The Bob Morin Music Endowed Scholarship was established in memory of Robert Henry Morin in 2006. Robert “Bob” was born July 24, 1941 in Pittsburgh and found himself an Oceanside resident for over 21 years. He worked at MiraCosta College in the music department, which was his passion. He loved studying music history and was a musician himself. He received a master’s degree in music from UC Riverside and continued on teaching his life passion. This endowed scholarship in name of Bob was well supported with love from the many individuals he touched through his music.  

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Bob Wilson RAFFY Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who have completed 6 units or more at MiraCosta College with a GPA of 2.0 or greater and demonstrate financial need, and be enrolled in 6 units or more.   Qualified candidates must be former foster youth participating in the RAFFY* program. 
Qualified candidates must be continuing or transferring to a 4-year institution.  
(*RAFFY: Resources and Assistance for Former Foster Youth) 

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Bobbi Williams Endowed Scholarship

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Brooke Ellen Brummitt Non-Credit ESL Endowed Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established in celebration of Brooke Ellen Brummit’s life and her work at MiraCosta College.
Brooke began working for MiraCosta College in 1989, teaching in the Letters Department noncredit English Second Language (ESL) classes.   She also volunteered and taught very successful workshops for noncredit faculty on how to use technology in the classroom.
If she were to describe herself, she would say she was an ordinary ESL teacher. However, as her colleagues verified, she was anything but ordinary.  Brooke was an ultimate teacher always searching for a better way to help her students learn. She earned her certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from San Diego State University and loved to share her knowledge with students.
Brooke set up the Noncredit scholarship fund to encourage students to continue their education.  The fund was endowed through the generous donations of others.  Brooke lost her life to terminal cancer.

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California Coast Credit Union Service Learning Scholarship

MiraCosta College Service Learning Program.  Service learning is a form of experiential education that partners academic instruction with community service. Students learn through participation in thoughtfully organized service activities that are course relevant and meet actual community needs.  Each semester approximately 60 courses at MiraCosta College offer a service component either as an option or a requirement. Students are placed in non-profit organizations and public schools where they provide a variety of support services. These placements allow students to apply course theory in real world settings while making valuable community contributions.

California Coast Credit Union Service Learning Scholarship
This scholarship is for students who have completed 12 units or more at MiraCosta College with a GPA of 3.0 or greater. Student must be currently enrolled in 9 or more units at MiraCosta College, be a U.S. citizen or resident alien, and involved with student leadership activities on campus and/or completed 25 hours of volunteer/service learning at a nonprofit or K-12 educational facility that is documented through the MiraCosta Service Learning and Volunteer Center. 

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Carlsbad Garden Club Scholarship

The Carlsbad Garden Club has been around since 1932, and continually brings together individuals that all have one common passion - gardening. The club has the purpose to stimulate knowledge and love of gardening among amateurs, to aid in the protection of native plants, trees and birds, and to aid and encourage civic planting and beautification.
The Carlsbad Garden Club promotes gardening through their philanthropic investment in the community via scholarship funding.

Purpose Statement:  to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening among amateurs; to aid in the protection of native plants, trees and birds and to aid and encourage civic planting and beautification.

 

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Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club Foundation Scholarship

The Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club, chartered in 1980, has over 90 members. It sponsors an active Interact Club at Carlsbad High School. Each year it sends both facilitators and students to the annual RYLA conference and to the Rotary District's LEAD program for eighth graders. Each third grader in the Carlsbad Unified School District also receives his/her own dictionary from Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary. The club co-sponsors the Rotary Oktoberfest jointly with the Carlsbad (evening) Club held on the first Saturday in October. Proceeds from this event are shared with nonprofit community organizations and are used by the club for local community service projects. Additionally, the club sponsors an annual Golf Tournament with all proceeds used to fund scholarships for graduating high school students and for U.S. Marines continuing their educations at MiraCosta College.
 The Club produces an AVID conference for students at Carlsbad High School, and provides physical and financial service to a literacy project at Jefferson Elementary School, the Carlsbad Educational Foundation, the Aqua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, the Police and Fire Explorers, the Assistance League of the North Coast, Meals on Wheels, Veterans Association of North County, La Posada, the Carlsbad Christmas Bureau, Stand Up For Kids, Solutions for Change and a variety of other nonprofit organizations. 
The Club's International team assists in a variety of ways, including the building of a house in Tijuana, Mexico each year.  Schools in Belize now have potable water, electricity via a solar system, and computers as a result of Hi-Noon Rotary.  We assist in disaster relief, polio eradication, potable water and other projects worldwide.

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Carlsbad Rotary Foundation Scholarship

The Carlsbad Rotary Club was founded in 1980 by a large gift given in the amount of $20,000. This single gift from a single person has created a legacy of scholarship funding. The Carlsbad Rotary Club Foundation supports local education, both academic and vocational. The foundation performs many community services and charitable work culminating in the annual disbursement of scholarships, MiraCosta being one of them. Since 1980 the club’s Foundation has given out hundreds of scholarships to students in the community, giving many young students a chance to fulfill their dreams.  It is estimated that over $400,000 has been awarded since it has been established! MiraCosta College is honored to have a relationship with the Carlsbad Rotary Foundation who seeks to fund student’s educational pursuits and achievements. 

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Carol & Stuart Smith Scholarship

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Clare & Walter B. Taibleson Endowed Scholarship -and- Friends of the Humanities Endowed Scholarship

Walter “Wally” and Clare Taibleson were parents of four children. They moved from the Midwest to California in 1986, where Wally and Clare’s youngest son, Jim, encouraged Wally to go college. Wally was 70 years old when he enrolled in one class at MiraCosta College and 75 when he earned his Associates Degree. Two years into his studies at Cal State San Marcos, Clare passed away and he contemplated quitting. Encouraged by a professor to keep going, Wally earned his Master’s Degree in 2013. At 90, Walter was the oldest student in the Cal State University system and the oldest graduate in Cal State San Marcos history to earn a master’s degree from the college, and it was his third degree. Wally earned a master’s degree in history, literature and writing, and education.
Wally spent much of his later years in school to improve his mind. He cited his recently discovered “credo” by the American scientist Rosalyn Yalow: “The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you’re learning you’re not old.”

Scholarships associated with Clare & Walter B. Taibleson Endowed Scholarship -and- Friends of the Humanities Endowed Scholarship
  • Clare & Walter B. Taibleson Endowed Scholarship
  • Friends of Humanities Endowed Scholarship

Clarence M. Jackson, Sr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship

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Coastal Community Foundation

The Coastal Community Foundation supports the A.R.M.S. Fund for Women and Children Book Grants and the Encinitas Garden Festival Fund Scholarships for MiraCosta College students.
The Coastal Community Foundation started in 1987, around a small table wedged into a tiny office at the Community Resource Center in Encinitas. A handful of citizens had an idea: they wanted to create a way to support social service, education and environmental issues and more in an area undergoing extraordinary change.  The mission of the Coastal Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the North Coastal San Diego County by directing philanthropic efforts toward community needs.  They serve the communities of Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside. 
The Coastal Community Foundation fulfills their mission by providing a flexible way for donors with varied philanthropic desires to make a positive difference in areas of interest; work with individuals, families, and businesses as partners to fulfill their charitable goals and address community needs; offer grants to support nonprofit programs and community projects; serve as a resource for philanthropy and help professional advisors serve their clients.

 

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Col. Harry D. & Patricia G. L'Heureux (USAF Ret.) Endowed Scholarship

The Col. Harry D. and Patricia G. L’Heureux Endowed veteran scholarship was established by their family to honor the service, dedication and generosity exemplified by their lifelong commitment to the military and the value they placed on service to others. Harry and his wife Patricia “Paddy” were married 62 years. Harry served in the USAF for 30 years after graduating from UCLA in 1942. At UCLA, Harry played freshman baseball, but lost his position to Jackie Robinson. During his career he flew 63 combat missions and received numerous decorations and medals including the Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Force Commendation Medal, and was twice awarded the Legion of Merit. He also had a career in the space industry, as Vice Director for the Directorate of Special Projects managing NASA research and technology contracts. Always looking for unique ways to enhance the future and passionate about community service, Harry served on various community boards, volunteered at local hospitals, and continually encouraged others to value each individual for their unique qualities.
Paddy L’Heureux was an exemplary Air Force wife supporting Harry’s 30-year military career. She was a tireless community volunteer and managed the family while he was away for extended periods of time. Her love of books and world travel contributed to her acceptance of all nationalities and cultures. Paddy was instrumental in developing a program with the Red Cross to provide support to residents in the San Bernardino State Mental Health Hospital where she worked to foster acceptance and respect for those with Mental Health issues. Her gentle spirit, kindness, service, and dedication to the military way of life, enriched us all.

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Daisy White Drummond Endowed Scholarship

Daisy White Drummond Scholarship.   Daisy White Drummond  was born on June 27, 1903 on the family farm near Greenwood, Missouri. She graduated from Lee’s Summit, Missouri’s high school in 1922. The next fall she started teaching in a two room school in Cass County. She not only taught but also performed janitorial duties such as starting a fire in the morning, scrubbing the floors, and keeping the blackboards clean. She continued to work towards her teaching degree, by attending Central Missouri State Teachers College.  She married her college sweetheart, Clyde N. Drummond and moved to Oceanside, California where she taught for twenty years within the Oceanside Unified School District. Daisy always had interests and desire for education and her endowed scholarship continues to support education past her life.

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Dana Carter Memorial Scholarship & Tadokoro Peace Scholarship

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David and Linda Quinby Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who have completed 6 units or more at MiraCosta College with a GPA of 2.0 or greater. Qualified candidates must have completed or currently enrolled in two transfer level STEM* courses (*Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Students must intend to pursue a STEM degree in any STEM field including, but not limited to, Science, Engineering, Math, Physics, Architecture or Nursing.
Qualified candidates must be students planning to continue at MiraCosta College, enroll in six units or more, and have financial need.

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  • David and Linda Quinby Endowed Scholarship

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David M Jennings II Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in memory of David M. Jennings II, a young student of MiraCosta College whose life ended earlier than expected, at the age of 19. In 2005, he had attended MiraCosta College for two years and planned to transfer to the University of California San Diego. He had dreams of and hopes of becoming a surgeon. He was motivated to become a doctor since he watched a documentary on medicine in sixth grade. David was “a wonderful son” says his dad and a hard working student who excelled at school. He was a member of the Associated Student Government and the Student Ambassadors group. MiraCosta's then coordinator of student relations/outreach Jan Moberly said "He was the center of the group." David’s memory lives on in his endowed scholarship, and enables students to reach their dreams.
 

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Delmer I. McCracken Memorial Endowed Scholarship

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Dick Robertson Spartans Scholarship

Dr. Richard Robertson ("Dick") retired from MiraCosta College on June 30, 2016 after he turned 73. He is the longest-serving vice president of student services in the California Community Colleges system.  “When I accepted the position in 1987 coming from western Pennsylvania, I had no idea what it would be like. But what I found was an absolutely gifted faculty, wonderful students and a great atmosphere,” Dick said. For 29 years, Dick served as vice president of Student Services at MiraCosta College.
Dick is all about service to others. The former Naval officer served on the salvage ship Seneca and the aircraft carrier Coral Sea. He’s volunteered in the emergency room at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside for decades. He’s contributed to his congregation as a longtime elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Oceanside. “I’m passionate about volunteerism and I’m very pleased that MiraCosta College has such a strong service learning component.”
Dick helped transform MiraCosta College into an economic engine without losing its focus on the students it serves while striving to ensure it reflects the diverse community of which it is a part. The year Dick was hired, there was no Puente Project, no Umoja program and no Summer Bridge, all of which are now thriving in their mission to support student success in underrepresented populations. The year Dick was hired, MiraCosta students secured a total of $600,000 in financial aid compared to $26 million in assistance via Pell Grants and other programs in 2016, minorities comprised 29 percent of the student body compared to the 56 percent in 2016, and just 100 veterans and dependents were enrolled on campus compared to 1,800 in 2016. 
As Vice President of Student Services, responsibilities included Admissions and Records, Counseling, Student Equity, Disabled Students Programs and Services, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, Financial Aid/Scholarships, Health Services, intercollegiate and intramural athletics, Service Learning, Diversity Outreach, Student Activities and Government, Veterans’ Services, student conduct, and more.
Dick came to MiraCosta via Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio. In 1965, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, 1967 a Master’s Degree in college student personnel at Michigan State University, and in 1981 a Ph.D. in Administration and Higher Education at Michigan State. He served as director of student activities, acting dean of student affairs and dean of students at Butler Community College in Butler, PA, before relocating to California.
Dick remains committed to MiraCosta College, where he and Pat have been active in philanthropic causes, donating more than $55,000 to fund various scholarships. “The biggest joy for me,” Robertson said, “has been to watch the students who come to MiraCosta College reach their potential and move on to becoming very successful in their life and their profession.”


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Donald Kavalec Endowed Scholarship

Donald Kavalec was born on February 28, 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1941, he moved to Southern California where he spent most of his life. After graduating from Marshall High School in Los Angeles, he served in the U.S. Army for one year before attending the University of Southern California, where he received an undergraduate degree and a Masters in Spanish.
Donald taught Spanish for over 40 years, starting as a teacher at Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, California. After moving to Vista in 1965, he served as an instructor at MiraCosta College until his retirement in 1995. At MiraCosta College, Donald was known for his service on the Senate Faculty Committee, for his sense of humor, and his love of practical jokes.
Donald was a man on many interests and enjoyed arboriculture, astronomy, music, and golf. 

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Dorothy Pat McCoury Study Abroad Scholarship


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Dr. Douglass R. Price-Williams Nursing Scholarship

Dr. Douglass Price-Williams was born and raised in the London area. He was educated at Uppingham, an English public school, and received his Bachelors and Doctoral degrees from the University of London. During the last two years of World War II, he was a radio officer in the British Merchant Navy. His early career included jobs as a local newspaper reporter and as a schoolmaster in England. He spent two years in Denmark as a practitioner of body posture.
Dr. Price-Williams has had a cosmopolitan career as a teacher and a researcher. He was Lecturer in Psychology for ten years at the London School of Economics and Professor of Psychology at Rice University where he was chairman of the department for five years. He was a Professor in Residence in the Departments of Psychiatry and Anthropology at the University of California Los Angeles. He has also been a visiting lecturer and scholar at the University of Kansas and at the Social Science Research Institute in Honolulu.
Recognized as a pioneer in cross-cultural psychology, Dr. Price-Williams has done psychological work with the Tiv and Hausa of Nigeria, with Guatemalan Indians, with Mexican children in the state of Jalisco, and with Black and Chicano children in Texas. He has published widely on perceptual processes, classification, and use of intelligence tests, displacement and orality, the psychology of caste, the philosophy of science, kinship concepts, cognitive style, and relational thinking in these settings. He also directed a research team on the island of Hawaii.  Dr. Douglass Price-Williams was born on October 1, 1924 and passed away on Friday, October 10, 2014. Douglass was a resident of Oceanside, California.
 

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  • Dr. Douglass R. Price-Williams Nursing Scholarship

Dr. Frances Montalvo Memorial Merit Endowment Scholarship

The Dr. Frances Montalvo Memorial Merit Endowed Scholarship was established by Tony Montalvo in memory of his wife Francis. Francis taught pharmacology and non-credit courses at MiraCosta College before she passed in 2003.
Tony and Francis were part of MiraCosta College through their teaching careers. Tony started working at MiraCosta in 1975 as an instructional aide for the Athletics Department. He worked as equipment assistant and eventually equipment manager before retiring and then being rehired as an associate faculty teaching weight training class.
Both the Montalvo’s have been part of MiraCosta history and continue to be through their generous endowed fund.

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Dr. Michael Giansiracusa Endowed Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Michael Giansiracusa by fellow faculty and staff who worked with him at MiraCosta College. Dr. Giansiracusa was a part-time Instructor of Italian and taught here at MiraCosta for two years. He spent his entire adult life teaching Italian, Philosophy, Logic, Greek and Latin. He was a great teacher and a kind, gentle, and generous person and man of peace, as one of his co-workers has described him. 

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Drielsma Endowed Scholarships

David and Rosann Drielsma endowed three scholarships at MiraCosta College: 

  • Pauline S. Drielsma Memorial Music Endowed Scholarship
  • J. Arthur & Pauline Drielsma Reentry Endowed Scholarship
  • Community Learning Center Transition Endowed Scholarship
The Pauline S. Drielsma Memorial Music Endowed Scholarship was established by David Drielsma, Pauline’s son, in memory of her life and love of music. Dave was a longtime MiraCosta College instructor who wanted to keep his mother’s memory and passion for music alive. Pauline was born in 1904 in a Jewish immigrant community in Chicago. Her community particularly enjoyed classical music, with piano and violin being favored instruments, which her children studied. Pauline was one of the first in her family to attend college. She majored and graduated in piano studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Pauline acquired a Conover grand piano from her sister Ethyl, who also majored in music, and obtained a Steinway spinet which she played until her passing. Pauline’s favorite music included Mozart sonatas, Bach preludes, and works by Ravel and Debussy. Pauline continued to take piano classes and participated in piano recitals well into her 80’s. This endowment continues her love for music.
The J. Arthur and Pauline Drielsma Reentry Endowed Scholarship was established by Dave in memory of his parents, J. Arthur and Pauline. This scholarship was established to remember his father, who was one of a kind. J. Arthur was a third generation Chicagoan, his grandfather had emigrated from Friesland in the mid-1800. J. Arthur was the first in his family to attend college, graduating in 1923 from the University of Illinois, School of Architecture. He established a partnership in Chicago as a sub-contractor building the world’s largest ordnance plant in Lawrence, Kansas. That partnership fell through with the onset of World War II, and J. Arthur decided to move to California. He moved to California to realize a vision of building theatres, including drive-in theatres. This vision became a thriving business designing and building both drive-in and hard-top theatres. J. Arthur made a name for himself and a life for his family. Dave stated, “He lived life to the fullest.” 
The Community Learning Center Transition Endowed Scholarship.  This scholarship is for students attending the MiraCosta Community Learning Center completing adult high school classes planning to enroll in credit classes at MiraCosta College.
David Drielsma was a retired MiraCosta College associate faculty member and community education instructor, and passed away on May 21, 2017. Dave became part of the MiraCosta family in 1988 where he taught history and geography courses followed by noncredit education classes until his retirement in 2011. Believing in MiraCosta’s mission, Dave served in the capacity as associate faculty representative on the Academic Senate and, along with his wife, Rosann, was a generous donor to the College’s Foundation. In 2005, David and Rosann established a scholarship in honor of David’s mother, Pauline Drielsma and were avid supporters of theatre arts and services for re-entry students.  David had a positive impact on all he knew, students and the college at large, and left a wonderful legacy helping students through the scholarships he endowed.

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  • J. Arthur & Pauline Drielsma Reentry Endowed Scholarship
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Drue Knox Williams Endowed Scholarship (Osher)

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Edward M. Paterson Scholarship

Edward Paterson was born in Whittier, California, on June 7, 1921, and was a resident of Carlsbad for over 30 years. He served in the U.S Navy during World War II, graduated from Whittier College on 1943, and earned his Master’s Degree in Business from Stanford University.
He served as Vice President of Business at MiraCosta College from 1967 to 1987. He was heavily involved with the Boy Scouts of America in which he enjoyed backpacking, fly fishing, and outdoor cooking. He also enjoyed hobbies such as taking motor home trips, piloting a private plane, and raising orchids.
His love for horticulture had him involved as a charter member of the Mira Costa College Horticulture Club.

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Elizabeth Reid Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Elizabeth Reid was born in Ohio in 1904 and moved to Oceanside with her parents when she was two. Her father, Dr. Robert Reid was the only doctor serving in the Oceanside area, and he rode a horse and buggy when he went out and about to tend the sick. Elizabeth graduated from Oceanside Grammar School and was one of the nine graduates from Oceanside High School in 1920—a time when there were just 1,161 people living in town. She went on to UC Berkeley where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, and then returned to Oceanside to work as an office administrator for her father. She got to witness the growth of Oceanside, including four new piers, and a population explosion with the construction of Camp Pendelton Marine Corps Base. Elizabeth’s life came to revolve and love Oceanside, which is why she created an endowed fund in her name, to continue Oceanside’s growth and the pursuit of education. As former MiraCosta College director of development, Robin Koelkebeck said, “Her (Elizabeth’s) father was a pioneer and helped create the fabric of this community, in a very different way, Elizabeth will help create the fabric of the present and the future through this gift, making the fabric of the community richer and stronger.”

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Emerson Network Power Endowed Scholarship (Osher)

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), protects and optimizes critical infrastructure for data centers, communications networks, healthcare, and industrial facilities. The company delivers software, hardware, and services that maximize availability, capacity, and efficiency for your business.

Scholarship criteria:  Student must be receiving a Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW), have completed 24 or more degree applicable units, have stated career goals, a 2.0 or better GPA, majoring in Business, Communications or Engineering.

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Encore Capital Group Community College Scholarship

Encore Capital Group is an international specialty finance company with operations in six countries. Encore Capital Group is a leading provider of debt recovery solutions for consumers and property owners.  The company’s global philanthropic program focuses on economic empowerment and helping consumers and communities that are most in need take control of their financial futures through better education, job training and basic support services.
 

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Encuentros Scholarship

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Eva Stjernfeldt & Alec Babiarz Endowed Scholarships

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Fallbrook Garden Club Scholarship

Fallbrook Garden Club, founded in 1931, is one of the oldest clubs in the California Garden Clubs, Inc. (CGCI) family with over 150 men and women dedicated to creating and promoting an interest in horticulture, Floral and landscape design, conservation and preservation of natural resources, and civic and environmental responsibility
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Fallbrook Garden Club offers member education through speakers, workshops, tours and field trips, the opportunity for community involvement and civic beautification, public education through flower shows and garden tours, youth programs and scholarships. And above all, friendship and fun!  Fallbrook is located in the beautiful, rolling hills of north San Diego County and the Mediterranean climate allows them to grow almost anything.

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Francisco and Amelia Rodriguez Si Se Puede Scholarship

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Fred and Dean Metzger Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who have completed six units or more at MiraCosta College with a GPA of 2.0 or greater.
Qualified candidates must be students planning to continue at MiraCosta College and enroll in six units or more.
Student must be pursuing life sciences and/or nutrition,  and be enrolled in such a class, completed a FAFSA application, and engaged in community service preferred.

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Fred and Louise Krivoski Endowed Scholarship

Both Fred and Louise Krivoski were first generation Americans, born to naturalized citizens who emigrated to the United Sates in the early part of the twentieth century from countries within the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Born and raised bi-lingual in small coal mining towns along the Monongahela River in southwestern Pennsylvania, they both completed high school and had aspirations for higher education. The Great Depression and family obligations kept them from accomplishing those expectations but, despite external circumstances, Fred and Louise retained their belief in the causative link between education and achievement, both professionally and personally. They passed that belief to their daughters, encouraging them to become independent and well-educated contributors to society. 
This endowed scholarship was established by the daughters of Fred and Louise, in honor of their parents memory. "Both my sister and myself have spent the majority of our professional lives in the field of education; she at Kent State University and I at MiraCosta College. Our parents were proud of that and happy that they were able to provide us the means to pursue our educational goals. They would be proud of this scholarship as well, and pleased to provide assistance for other students to achieve their educational goals."

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Fred Gardner Barnard Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Fred Gardner Barnard Memorial Endowed Scholarship was originally established in 1953 by Harriet and F. Gardner Barnard, Jr., in honor of their father Fred G. Barnard, Sr. (1872-1953). Barnard, Sr. was born in Ventura and moved to San Diego County in 1909. He raised lima beans and sugar beets on land leased from the O’Neill family in the area that is now known as Las Flores on Camp Pendleton. To keep the memory of Barnard, Sr. the first endowment was designated for agricultural students.
In 1973 the Barnard endowment was increased to create additional scholarships in memory of Fred Gardner Barnard, Jr. by his son, Fred G. Barnard, III and Barnard Jr.’s many friends. F. Gardner Barnard, Jr. (1904-1973) attended school in San Diego and graduated from Oregon State College in 1928, where he majored in agriculture and minored in real estate. He grew citrus in the San Luis Rey valley and farmed in San Marcos until the 1950’s. Barnard, Jr. was and still is a dedicated to supporting education. Barnard, Jr. was heavily involved in MiraCosta College, he served as president of the board for 14 years, and was vital in securing the property MiraCosta now is located, hence the reason the road circling this beautiful campus is named Barnard Drive, in his honor.

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Fred W. Meyer Memorial Scholarship

Fred was a San Diego Horticultural Society member, lecturer, contributor, and accomplished plant collector and hybridizer. Fred revolutionized the cut-flower industry with his stunning hybrids and selections. Plant collecting trips to remote areas of South America, South Africa, and Australia resulted in many newly­ discovered species and cultivars, which he brought home to Escondido and used as the backbone of his many ingenious breeding programs. His all-consuming goal was to create new, more beautiful, more vigorous flowering plants.
Fred was the consummate scientist, relentlessly researching the plant groups he was working with to find new pathways to better plants, and spent time overseeing the propagation and distribution of his creations grown and sold throughout the world. In collaboration with Brazilian botanists, Fred's extensive travels to remote areas of Brazil allowed him to photograph and collect more newly discovered species of flowering perennials and shrubs than any American in our time. Plant growers will be working with and introducing Fred Meyer's many splendid creations for years to come.
Fred B. Meyer passed away May 1999 and in his honor, the San Diego Horticultural Society created the Fred Meyer Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a MiraCosta College student majoring in horticulture.

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Friends of Dance Scholarship

The dance discipline teaches understanding of the choreography, performance and aesthetic of dance in a diversity of styles and techniques. Students may take courses to prepare for a dance major to transfer to a four-year institution, to earn an A.A. degree in dance, or to meet general education requirements. Performance opportunities are available to both majors and non-majors. Career options include professional performance or choreography; dance studio or company management; child development; dance therapy; movement analysis; dance ethnology; dance criticism; dance science; academic research; and teaching.

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Gail Prentiss Endowed Scholarship (Osher)

Dr. Gail Prentiss served as Dean of Math and Sciences for more than 35 years. During that time, she led several teams designed to expand and advance MiraCosta College into the grand institution that it has become, with experiences in developing architectural plans for new buildings, implementing college wide software, preparing accreditation, materials as well as developing new curricula and responding to major changes demanded by proliferating statewide regulations.  She had direct responsibility for the liberal arts departments in which hundreds of faculty and staff reported to her during her tenure.  As the College grew, and substantial numbers of faculty were added, she served on many interview teams in hiring outstanding student-oriented faculty, as well as sat on instructors’ tenure review committees. “Gail was awesome. She was a family friend and a devoted member of the MiraCosta staff” said a colleague.
Gail grew up in a low-income, working class family in Los Angeles, Ca. She persevered through tremendous financial hardship receiving her A.A. from Los Angeles City College, her B.A. with honors from San Jose State University, earned her M.A. from the University of Washington, and her EdD from the University of San Diego. “Know your talents and challenge yourself to do better” Gail said. On August 1, 2010, Gail Prentiss lost her struggle with pancreatic cancer.

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Gaiser Family Endowed Scholarship

The Gaiser Family Endowed Scholarship was established by Jim Gaiser, an active community leader and 1948 graduate of MiraCosta College. Jim spent two years in the Army, and then enrolled at UCLA where he earned his bachelor’s degree. Jim opened Carlsbad’s first CPA firm in 1958 where he remained in practice and became a vital community member.
Jim served as president and treasurer of the MiraCosta College Foundation and worked with numerous civic organizations in the area. Before him and his wife’s death in 2007, he regularly donated to his endowed fund to ensure students received support and access to education. The endowed scholarship still survives with the support of his two daughters Jane Carter and Diane Greenbaum.

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Gender Sexuality Alliance Scholarship

The Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Club is one of the longest continually-running clubs at MiraCosta College. The students of the club began fundraising to endow a student scholarship in their club's name in the fall of 2011, and in just 5 semesters they successfully fundraised more than $25,000 in scholarship money for LGBT students and allies at MiraCosta College. In addition to hosting the annual Queer Cupcake Party and tabling on campus to raise awareness about World AIDS Day, the students in the GSA also participate in off-campus regional events such as the North County GSA Awards, North County Pride at the Beach, and the San Diego AIDS Walk. This scholarship is an honor to receive because of the hard work donors, students and GSA members have put forward to make such a scholarship possible.

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Genentech Biotechnology Scholarship

For more than 30 years, Genentech has been following the science, seeking solutions to unmet medical needs. As a proud member of the Roche Group, they make medicines to treat patients with serious medical conditions.  Genentech has an extensive track record in all phases of bringing new disease treatments to patients — from discovery research through clinical development, manufacturing, and commercialization. With multiple protein-based products on the market for serious or life-threatening medical conditions, Genentech has experience taking a drug from A to Z, transforming the seed of an idea in a lab into a novel therapy for a patient in need.
Genentech was the first biotechnology company to scale up protein manufacturing successfully from the small quantities used for research to the much larger quantities needed for clinical trials and marketing.  Over the last two decades, Genentech has built world-class production facilities, developed expertise in commercially viable manufacturing processes, and also attracted and retained key personnel with experience in all aspects of large-scale biologics manufacturing. Genentech's manufacturing expertise, capacity and portfolio of capacity enhancement projects position the company well to meet the internally forecasted demands for our products. Our dedication to world-class biologics manufacturing and our careful planning for the future will assist us in continuing to deliver innovative therapies to patients with serious and life-threatening diseases. Genentech's manufacturing network, fully integrated into the Roche Group, includes bulk drug manufacturing in its California locations of South San Francisco, Vacaville, and Oceanside, and fill/finish operations in Hillsboro, Oregon.

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George and Karen Bullette Scholarship

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Geraldine Hill Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Geraldine Hill or "Geri" as she was known to her friends and colleagues, was born at home to her parents, Louise E. and Floy Masinter, in Los Angeles Ca, on November 15, 1910.
Geri graduated from UCLA in 1932, with a B.A. in History. During World War II Geri served as a pilot and officer in the Woman’s Air Corp. During her service she was responsible for flying all types of airplanes from the factory to the appropriate military airfield. She was discharged in 1944, but returned to active duty during the Korean Conflict, 1950-52, as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Geri Loved flying, and with her private pilot’s license and plane, she entered many “powder puff” derbies.
After Geri’s service she taught high school history and English at South High School in Torrance, California, where she retired in 1971. As a teacher, Geri worked hard to help deserving students continue their education to become teachers. She supported students by giving to various educational organizations, one of them being MiraCosta College, in which she set up this endowment fund in her name. Geri continues to support students seeking a career in education past her own life.

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Hank & Kathleen Jolly Memorial Endowment Scholarship

Kathleen Jolly was the youngest of 13 children and survived the Depression by picking crops from the Imperial Valley to the Canadian border. Kathleen was raised in Oregon by her single mother, from whom she developed her strength of character, and her humanity towards others. When the war started in 1941, Kathleen became an electrician in the Portland, Oregon shipyards. After the war she was laid off and found work at the Janzen Knitting Mill, where she became an accomplished seamstress and the sole supporter of her mother. At the age of 25 she purchased a home in Oregon, which was a big accomplishment for a single woman at that time. She moved to Long Beach some years later and worked as a solderer, her precision and thoroughness was recognized and she was given many intricate jobs. In the 1950’s she moved to Hawaii where she met her husband Hank Jolly.
Hank originally set up an endowed fund in memory of his wife Kathleen who passed away in April of 1998. Hank Jolly was added to the endowed fund after his death in 2011. Hank was a 45 year resident of Carlsbad, who was raised in England and Trinidad, British West Indies. Hank joined the Marine Corps in 1947, in which he was awarded “The Distinguished Marksman Badge” in 1962, which is an award that has been given out less than 700 times. Hank was a distinguished and unique individual. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1969. Hank was employed at the MiraCosta College San Elijo Campus as groundskeeper. He will forever be with MiraCosta College. 

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Harold Carpenter Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Harold Carpenter was born on May 15, 1928. He was a lifelong resident of Oceanside, one of seven children and a descent of Pio Pico, the last Mexican governor of California. As a boy, he helped his family operate Carpenters Garage, founded in 1920 along old Highway 101.
He graduated from MiraCosta College, served in Navy Seabees during the Korean War, then returned to take over the family business including a garage, auto-salvage and towing service. Harold married Mary Lou Cassada in 1955 and they had four children. Lifelong friend, Realtor, and former Oceanside City Councilman John Stieger said, “He had a fantastic sense of humor and always wore a smile.” Bob Pickeral, a retired Oceanside banker said, “He has one of the largest towing companies in Southern California, one of the biggest salvage yards in Southern California. He quietly helped a lot of people, and there are a lot of things he does that no one even knows about,” Pickeral also noted “He’s been involved in so many organizations in town, it’s hard to count. He doesn’t just sit on the board; he wants to make things happen.”  This memorial scholarship keeps Harold’s legacy of helping others continue on, and is an honor to receive.

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Harry J. Phillips Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Harry J. Phillips Memorial Endowed Scholarship is funded by members of the MiraCosta Social Science Department.

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Hazel Erickson Teaching Scholarship

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Henry J. Meier Memorial Scholarship

Henry Meier was born on February 26, 1916 in Ashtabula, Ohio. He lived in Lima, Ohio where he attended elementary school and high school. He graduated from Michigan State Normal College in Ypsilanti. During World War II, he was a navy pilot serving in Guantanamo Bay, the West Indies, and Puerto Rico. He also served as a Navy flight instructor in Corpus Christi, Texas.
In 1945 during his service in the Navy, he married Yvonne Van Der Linden and they had five sons together.  After the war, Henry taught school for a year in Michigan before moving to Carlsbad, California in 1951. In 1953 he completed his master’s degree at San Diego State University, and found employment at MiraCosta College in 1963.
While at MiraCosta, Henry taught anthropology, geography, and watercolor painting. He was known as one of the area’s finest watercolorists, and some of his paintings hang in the Learning Resources Center on the Oceanside campus. Henry worked at MiraCosta until his retirement in 1976, and continues to be part of MiraCosta through this scholarship.

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Henry R. Antonini Scholarship

Henry was born in 1929 in Syracuse, NY to Italian immigrant parents.  He was the first in his family to attend college and received a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University in 1951.  Henry was able to afford college with the help of a Boys & Girls Clubs Scholarship. 
Over the course of his Engineering career, he held various managerial positions with Allied Chemical Corporation, including the Syracuse Works Chemical Plant and Jamesville Quarry before retiring.
He was a very devoted and active member of the Tyrol Club of Solvay since the age of 18 and formerly served as an officer and board member. He was a longtime communicant of St. Cecilia Church, a member of the Solvay Tigers and the Solvay Community Youth Center.  Henry was a very active member of his community.
Henry loved and was very proud of all his six children and 11 grandchildren. He emphasized the necessity to better their lives through hard work and utilizing their abilities through the educational opportunities available. He loved to garden, hunt, fish and play golf.
Henry passed away at the age of 86 on December 22, 2015, and is survived by Adeline, his loving wife of 64 years.

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Herman Tarver Memorial Scholarship

The Herman D. Tarver Memorial Scholarship scholarship is in memory of Herman D. Tarver and honors his 19 years as Lead Custodian at MiraCosta College.
Mr. Tarver served in the United States Marine Corps for 24 years and retired on February 29, 1964, with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He resided in Vista during that time.  Herman retired from MiraCosta College on October 31, 1985, and moved to Liberty, Mississippi.
The picture shown was taken at this Mississippi home, which was named “Herman’s Hide-Away.”  Herman’s heart went beyond the boundary of his physical being and his eyes showed emotions he could not, in his soft-spoken manner, express. When he did speak, his words were carefully thought out, important, and he was heard.  This warm and caring man passed away on February 5, 1989, while awaiting treatment at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Pineville, Louisiana. He was 62 years old.
If this scholarship helps you to excel academically, it will be a wonderful living tribute to Herman D. Tarver.

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Horticulture Opportunity Match Endowment Scholarship

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Hospitality Management Scholarship

The California Welcome Center Oceanside receive more than 80,000 visitors each year, and fortunately have a fantastic group of volunteers who generously donate their time in order to keep the Welcome Center.  
The California Welcome Center Oceanside assists visitors from all over the country and from all around the world. With just one stop, visitors can find: Information: State, regional and local, hotel reservations, services, discount attraction tickets and much, much more.  Visit their website http://www.visitoceanside.org/california-welcome-center-oceanside/

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Howard Charitable Foundation Endowed Scholarship (Osher)

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James G. Dionisopoulos Endowed Scholarship

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Jamie Leodones Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who have completed nine units or more at MiraCosta College with a 2.0 or greater GPA.  
Students must be majoring in either Dramatic Arts, Drama/Theatre Arts for Transfer, or Drama/Design & Technology, and completed nine (9) or more units in their major.
Qualified candidates must have participated in two or more shows at MiraCosta as a cast member or with thechnical theater: set design, costumes, makeup, props, lighting, etc. Student may be planning to continue at MiraCosta College in six or more units or transferring to a 4-year institution.

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Janet R. Kellogg Scholarship

Janet Kellogg was committed to enhancing the quality of life for local citizens, which has distinguished her as a civic volunteer and friend of higher education. She was an active member and volunteer for local organizations, providing services to the local community.
Janet made a lasting impact on education through her kindness, warmth, and compassion for higher education. She always took pleasure in helping promising students realize their potential and dreams. Receiving this scholarship is an honor and hopefully one that will allow many students, like you, to realize and reach for their potential and dreams.

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Japanese Club Scholarship

Noriko Kameda, retired MiraCosta College Japanese instructor and Japanese Club Advisor, passed away the morning of December 6, 2011. Noriko held a master's degree in Linguistics from SDSU and a Bachelor's Degree in Japanese Literature from Keio University (Tokyo, Japan). She also took classes at MiraCosta College from 1982-83, and her very first teaching assignment in the U.S. was for a MiraCosta College community services class in 1984.  Noriko served as an associate faculty member teaching Japanese at MiraCosta College from 1986–1990, during which time she also taught part-time at Mesa College, San Diego State University (SDSU) and University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Noriko was hired into the full-time Japanese instructor position in August 1991 and retired on June 30, 2011. Most recently, during fall quarter 2011, she taught at UCSD as a lecturer in the Japanese Studies Program.
The MiraCosta College community set up and donates to the Noriko Kameda Osher Scholarship Endowment that will generate an annual $ 1,000 scholarship.

 

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Jean McKee Mowrer Memorial Scholarship

Jean McKee, born in 1906, was the youngest of six children. Neither her siblings nor her parents had more than an 8th grade education, but she desired to complete high school and college to become an elementary school teacher. Her father didn’t believe that girls needed to be educated, but after several years of working for his business, she quit and attended Pasadena City College full-time. With only enough money to fund one semester at UCLA, she discovered that South Pasadena Women’s Club provided scholarships for working women who wanted to complete their formal education. She received this scholarship and with a small loan, Jean was able to finish her BA degree. She took the closest teaching job she could get which was in Lancaster, a 100 miles round trip. Jean later taught in the South Pasadena City School District for many years, working with gifted students. While there, she would trade classes with other teachers who taught her pupils P.E. and history, subjects she didn’t care for, while she taught their pupils music and folk dancing. She wrote and directed school-wide musicals, showcasing the skills she had taught the students.

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Jim & Nell Reed Memorial Scholarship

Nell Reed was born in 1913 and dreamed of great things for her life. While she was in high school, the Great Depression struck and she had to leave school to work to support her family.  Nevertheless, that did not keep her from attending cosmetology classes and, in time, owning her own beauty salon.  Nell and Jim had two daughters, Jean, who was lost to Leukemia at age 31, and Joan Moore, who became a nurse then a nursing instructor teaching at MiraCosta College.  Joan is currently the Licensed Vocational Nursing Director and ADN faculty at MiraCosta College.
When Nell heard about ways to contribute to MiraCosta College, she thought the idea of a nursing scholarship in honor of their daughter’s profession and in memory of their other daughter and her caregivers was a fine idea. The Jim and Nell Reed endowed scholarship was seeded with $15,000 and the yearly interest generated creates the scholarship funds each year.  Since 2005, the Jim and Nell Reed scholarship fund has helped students follow their dream to become medical practitioners.

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Joan C. King Endowed Scholarship (Osher)

Joan C. King taught mathematics at MiraCosta College for nearly 30 years. While she did have quite a fondness for math, helping students succeed was her true passion. She continually explored new ways to facilitate learning in the classroom while showing genuine care for her students as individuals. This scholarship was created to honor Joan’s dedication to MiraCosta students and to continue to help them overcome adversity so they can learn, believe in themselves, and reach their full potential.

 

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Joe Maak & Pride Resource Partners LLC Scholarship

Pride Resource Partners LLC is a certified minority-owned business enterprise providing outsourced facilities planning and management, construction planning and management, engineering, and other highly technical consulting services.
 
Founder and CEO Joe Maak is an active member of San Diego's LGBTQIA community with a special interest in preventing bullying. He funded an endowed scholarship here at MiraCosta in support of a community of students who, in addition to the typical academic stress felt by college students, experience high rates of mental health issues, homelessness and substance abuse, and for whom institutional support is not always present or obvious.
 
This scholarship is for students who have completed six units or more at MiraCosta College with a GPA of 2.0 or greater, and demonstrate financial need. Qualified candidates must be students planning to continue at MiraCosta College enrolling in six units or more, member or active ally of the LGBTQIA community and/or identify as trans* and/or gender nonconforming.  (Active ally: attend MiraCosta Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) club meetings, volunteer on behalf of the LGBTQIA community on or off campus, work on behalf of trans* rights, direct course of study toward promoting equality and equity for the trans*community, volunteer on behalf of the trans* community on or off campus, etc.)

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John & Aileen MacDonald Endowed Scholarship

The Executive Committee of the MiraCosta College Foundation allocated $10,000 to establish a scholarship fund in memory of John MacDonald.  John MacDonald was the first superintendent/president of MiraCosta College in 1964; he passed away on November 21, 2001.  John MacDonald was the driving force behind the college’s acquisition of the property that is now known as the Oceanside campus, which was once a ranch owned by skater and movie star Sonia Henie.
MacDonald was the first superintendent/president of the college when the Oceanside campus was dedicated in 1965, and remained at the helm of the institution until he retired in 1982.  He then went on to a career in county government, served on the Oceanside City Council from 1982 to 1986 and the County Board of Supervisors from 1976 to 1994.  The MiraCosta Foundation community members who knew and loved MacDonald helped perpetuate his memory by contributing to the John & Aileen MacDonald Endowed Scholarship.  “This is a good way to honor John’s memory,” says Robin Koelkebeck, former Director of Development at MiraCosta.  “He gave back to this community a thousand percent over his lifetime.”  Aileen was John’s second wife, and is included in this memorial fund.

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John & Mary Steiger Scholarship

Mary Steiger established the John & Mary Steiger Scholarship in memory of her husband, John.
John and Mary were both heavily involved in philanthropic work in Oceanside, where they lived.  John’s philanthropic work included the establishment of the Oceanside Boys and Girls Club and the Oceanside Yacht Club.  He was a member of the Oceanside City Council and a charter president of the Oceanside-Carlsbad Junior Chamber of Commerce.  Before John’s significant impact and participation in the Oceanside community, he served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and awarded silver wings for his service.  John attended MiraCosta College before transferring to Stanford University to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Family and friends have described John and Mary as visionaries and philanthropists who worked inseparably to better their community, Oceanside. 

 

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Joshua Kerrigan Endowed Scholarship (Osher)

Scholarship criteria:  Student must be receiving a Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW), have completed 24 or more degree applicable units, have stated career goals, a 2.0 or better GPA, in the Honors Program at MiraCosta College.

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Julius G. Raetz Endowed Scholarship (Osher)

This endowed scholarship was established by Jean Tweedie who had hopes of becoming a nurse, but had to take alternative plans when WWII began.
Soon after graduating from high school Jean joined the Canadian Air Force and was stationed in Vancouver where she worked as an operations clerk. When the war ended she got married and her hopes of becoming a nurse were put on the way-side, but she never forgot what she aspired to be. Instead of becoming a nurse Jean established this endowed fund in her Will, which would support and honor the nursing profession. Through her Will she is making it possible for nursing students to afford their education. As Jean said, “I never lost interest or admiration for the profession, and I decided I wanted to support others who had the dream and opportunity to enter the field. I also strongly believe education is the key to making the world a better place.”

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June Williams Endowed Scholarship

Born on September 24, 1932, in Gypsy, Oklahoma, to Roy and Opal Wood, June was the eldest of her siblings. Her family moved to Bakersfield, California, where she met her husband, Knox Williams, who was working his way through college when he sold her a Westmoreland sterling silverware set for her hope chest.
June and Knox married in 1951, and moved to Santa Barbara so June could complete her Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her passion for learning, teaching, and reading were evident throughout her life.
In 1961, Knox and June purchased a Rayne franchise in North San Diego County and relocated to Carlsbad where they generously gave their time, talents, and treasure to many local causes and organizations.  They were founding members of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, and June received the honor as Woman of the Year by the City of Carlsbad.
Throughout their marriage, Knox and June loved to travel and explore faraway places and to spend time with loved ones. Together they visited over 50 countries and most of the United States, but Santa Barbara remained closest to June’s heart.  
Preceding June’s death on August 21, 2014, was her youngest child, Drue Knox Williams, who passed away in November 1999. It is a great comfort to know they reunited in peace.  
June was a loving wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a friend who is greatly missed and admired.

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Karen Baum Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who have completed six units or more at MiraCosta College with a GPA of 2.0 or greater and demonstrate financial need.  Student must have successfully completed a Sociology class at MiraCosta College.
Qualified candidates must be students planning to continue at MiraCosta College and enroll in six units or more.

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Kathleen Rippberger Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Kathleen is remembered for breaking down cultural barriers in North County, around the nation, and throughout the world. Kathleen was an English teacher whose students included migrant workers in Colorado, helicopter pilots in Iran, Yugoslavians, and students at MiraCosta College. Each student she taught had one thing in common and what was language. Kathleen received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in English as a Second Language from San Francisco State University in 1974. Kathleen made a significant impact on MiraCosta College students by starting the first accredited English as a Second Language program.  Besides her love for teaching English, Kathleen also enjoyed knitting, reading, traveling, gardening, and sea kayaking. She was also a musician and a naturalist. Kathleen was one of a kind. 

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Keith Broman Performing Arts Endowed Scholarship

Born in Essex, Iowa Keith Broman lived a long life of luster. Keith served as an officer during World War II and was discharged from active duty in 1946 as a first lieutenant. He earned bachelors and master’s degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a doctorate in music from the University of Indiana. Broman joined the staff of MiraCosta as a professor of music in 1956, moved on to serve as the Dean of Continuing Education and Community Services, and then Vice-President of Instruction, the post from which he retired in 1983. Broman was a strong supporter of the arts, but he also valued people. The influence such creative expression as music, painting or dance carried in an individual’s life was for Keith, of the greatest importance. Keith’s legacy and support for the arts continues on through his endowed scholarship. 

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Kendra Keating Scholarship

Kendra Keating, a former Chief Financial Officer turned entrepreneur, established the Kendra Keating Scholarship at MiraCosta College to assist members of the military and their families.   Kendra has a heart for service members and their families, being personally aware of the price they are willing to pay on behalf of people they have never met.  Kendra’s younger brother, Major Thomas D. Keating, is a U.S. Marine who has served three tours of duty in Iraq.  In appreciation for their patriotism and sacrifices, Kendra established a scholarship fund at MiraCosta specifically for active duty military, veterans, and their dependents.
Kendra received her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of San Diego (USD) and manages the Pigtails And Crewcuts Hair Salons franchise.  She has always been philanthropic at heart, previously serving as a foster mom to three boys, and working extensively with children with special needs.  During her spare time she enjoys being active in non-profit work, which includes her continual contributions to her scholarship fund.

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Kenneth and Marie Bertossi Nursing Endowed Scholarship

After retirement in 1988, Ken and Marie Bertossi relocated from Los Angeles to Vista.  Ken was a CPA/Engineer in the defense/aerospace industry.  Marie was an executive assistant in a business management firm serving the entertainment industry. 
Ken and Marie stated, “MiraCosta College has been named as one of the primary beneficiaries in our living trust because of our strong belief that it serves the specific needs of motivated young individuals that cannot otherwise afford a major four-year university.  Our strong belief that education is the best pathway to a good life is well proven by the success of past MiraCosta graduates.  We hope that MiraCosta College will continue to successfully serve young people for another 80 years.” 

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Knox Williams Endowed Scholarship

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Kuntz-Laughlin Endowed Scholarship

his scholarship is for students who have completed six units or more at MiraCosta College with a GPA of 2.5 or greater and demonstrate financial need.
Qualified candidates must be former foster youth planning to continue at MiraCosta College and enroll in six units or more.

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La Jolla Garden Club Scholarship

The La Jolla Garden Club was organized in 1968 and has a mission to promote gardening, floral design, civic beautification, environmental responsibility, and the exchange of information and ideas. The club and its members spend many hours learning about gardening and serving their communities, working to make the world a better place. A way in which they serve their community is through scholarship funding, which promotes horticultural studies such as environmental education, safe and efficient gardening, flower arranging, and landscape design. Through scholarship funding the club increase the knowledge of horticulture studies, which will preserve and make our environment more beautiful.

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LaVerne Schlosser Endowed Scholarship

The LaVerne Schlosser Endowed Scholarship was established by the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club to provide much needed financial support to generations of students interested in studying horticulture and/or environmental science. Preference for the scholarship is given to graduates from the San Dieguito Union High School District.
 
The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club recognizes LaVerne Schlosser's continuing efforts to support and promote the goals of the Club as she has been an active committee chairperson and director on the Club's board. Over the years, LaVerne has been a visionary member who has led efforts to support MiraCosta College as well as organize the annual gifts of flowers to the Marine Corps Hospital at Camp Pendleton. The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club today is a stronger organization because of LaVerne Schlosser's dedication and talent.

The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club was formed in 1926 to beautify the community, but has evolved to be much more than their original purpose. They are located in the heart of historic Rancho Santa Fe and are involved in all things Rancho. They are a friendly and dynamic group and welcome those who would like to get involved in community activities. 

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LIFE Scholarships

LIFE was established in 1995, and has since been providing educational opportunities to MiraCosta College and community members through their weekly discussion groups, promoting lifelong learning. Each Friday the group of 150 members, gather together to listen to lectures on a variety of subjects ranging from arts, to wine tasting, to new age technology. Each lecture is presented by a guest speaker who is knowledgeable and can lead a meaningful discussion, enhancing members experience in the program.
The LIFE group provides an environment that continually promotes new ideas and active learning, benefitting those participating in the program, which in turn benefits our community. The LIFE group also provides scholarship funding, showing their love and appreciation of lifelong learning.
Scholarships supported by the LIFE group:   
LIFE Scholarships, and
LIFE Scholarships for Foster Youth (RAFFY)

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  • LIFE at MiraCosta College Scholarship
  • LIFE Horticulture Scholarship
  • LIFE Automotive Scholarships

Linda A. Koelkebeck Memorial Merit Endowed Scholarship

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Linda Fogerson Transforming Lives Endowed Scholarship

As the MiraCosta College Foundation Executive Director, Linda Fogerson was committed to helping ensure that students, no matter their economic lot in life, could get a college education. The MiraCosta Foundation supported more than 1,400 students with scholarships, free textbooks, free computers, and emergency financial assistance, while also spending more than $615,000 in support of college programs. Since she was named to the post, the Foundation secured more than $11.2 million in grants and donations while doubling the size of its endowment to $6.6 million, building the Foundation’s total assets to more than $8.8 million. The growth has enabled the Foundation to spend $4.5 million in support of the college’s students, academic programs and priorities. “I love fundraising because the results are so tangible, students get help to pay their fees, buildings are enhanced and new academic programs are launched,” Fogerson said. “We are committed to helping students who may not otherwise have a chance to finance their education. They’re working while trying to pay their way through school. I find it very gratifying to work on behalf of our students.”
 
Fogerson didn’t initially plan for a career in philanthropy. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and political science, she worked for three years at the Ventura County Star-Free Press before using those same skills as a press secretary for Assemblywoman Lucy Killea. She left that job after three years to serve as external affairs coordinator for the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UC San Diego.
 
It was while she was at UC San Diego that Fogerson found her calling as a fundraiser for worthwhile causes. Fogerson was responsible for philanthropic giving at Cal State San Marcos for nearly a decade before moving to MiraCosta College in 2005.  Linda retired from MiraCosta College in December 2016.

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Linda S. Blair Memorial Scholarship

The Linda S. Blair scholarship was founded by MiraCosta College associate business faculty member, attorney Louis N. Milstein in conjunction with the law firm Casey/Gerry in memory of Linda S. Blair, a wonderful and dedicated legal administrator who devoted her life to the betterment of society through the practice of law. The primary purpose of the scholarship is to acknowledge and reward select students who have shown an ability and desire to pursue their dream in the legal field in some capacity.
Pictured from left to right above are Tom Luneau, attorney/partner at Casey/Gerry, Eva Covarrubias, inaugural scholarship recipient, and Louis N. Milstein attorney, associate professor of Business 140 at MiraCosta College.

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Lisa's Golden Gourd Award Scholarship

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Lucy C. Hoskins Endowed Scholarship (Osher)

A licensed nurse, Lucy served from 1957 to 1964 on the Oceanside-Carlsbad School District’s board of trustees – the body which then managed the elementary and secondary schools of both cities as well as the former Oceanside-Carlsbad School Junior College, later renamed MiraCosta. She was a member of the committee that worked to divide the Oceanside-Carlsbad School District into separate entities, and she was on the committee that selected the College Boulevard site for MiraCosta. Lucy continued her service as a MiraCosta College Governing Board member until 1977.
Lucy was also a member of the MiraCosta College Foundation from the time it was formed in 1966. She served as the first and second Vice President of the Foundation and was actively involved on the Foundation’s fund-raising committee for the recently constructed Student Center at the Oceanside campus.  Lucy Hoskins' lengthy service to MiraCosta College will be long remembered. 

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Mandarin Chinese Enrichment Scholarship

Founding Mission:  The Chinese Club was established in spring 2006 at MiraCosta College to introduce and promote Chinese culture to the College and the community. In alignment with President Obama’s “100,000 Strong Initiative”, the academic mission is to encourage and inspire more students to study Chinese as one of their academic goals.
Chinese New Year Events:  The first Chinese New Year celebration events were organized in spring 2007. The Chinese Idol Talent Show drew over 300 attendees and was featured on the KUSI 7 a.m. morning news. The events have been featured on local newspapers and media on a yearly basis.

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Mara Lazdans Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Mara enrolled at MiraCosta College following high school where she became a star athlete. She competed in cross country and track and in 1982 and 1983 she was named MiraCosta College’s Woman Athlete of the Year. After graduating MiraCosta College, Mara attended California State Northridge where she won the NCAA “All American” honors in cross country.
Mara’s life ended short at the age of 21 in a car accident. While she was attending school she was saving money to make a trip to visit her father’s home in Riga, Lativa. It was her trip savings that began her endowed fund, to which her parents established it in 1985. Mara was a special woman with a big heart and her parents felt sure she would have wanted her savings to be used to provide scholarships to female athletes. This endowment forever keeps Mara’s memory alive, and is a wonderful tribute to her and students who receive the award.

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Margaret Grace Servos Endowed Scholarship

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Margaret L. Eginton Memorial Endowment Scholarship (Osher)

Scholarship criteria:  Student must be receiving a Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW), have completed 24 or more degree applicable units, have stated career goals, enolled full-time (12 or more units) with a 3.0 or better GPA.

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  • Margaret L. Eginton Memorial Endowment Scholarship

Marilyn and Stuart C. Wilson Endowed Scholarship

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Martin Broad Endowed Scholarship (Osher)

The Martin Broad Scholarship was established by Tina Jones and David Broad, in loving memory of David’s brother, Martin. Both Tina and David are from Great Britain where Martin was from as well.
David cherishes the memories he has of his younger brother, Martin, to whom he was a protective companion. At the age of 8, Martin passed away from leukemia, which for young David forged within him determination to vanquish the enemy that took his brother. David pursued his goal at the University of London, earning a B.S. and Ph.D. in microbiology, and during his long career in biopharmaceutical industry, dedicated his efforts to developing and producing cancer treatments. Martin’s memory will live on for generations by students who receive this scholarship endowment.

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Mary Alice Bryant and Doris Peoples Scholarship

The Doris Peoples and Mary Alice Bryant Nursing Scholarship, was founded in 2011.  Doris and Mary Alice were both raised in small towns in Pennsylvania in the 1940’s and 50’s. After they graduated from high school, they both went to the same nursing school at a time when not many African Americans were given that opportunity to pursue their dreams of becoming a professional.  Both became RN’s.
Doris spent many years as a psychiatric nurse and Mary Alice as a nurse anesthetist.  Both are known for their skillful nursing, extraordinary compassion, loving smiles, and generosity with their time and talents to the whole community -- no wonder they have been best friends for more than 60 years and have positively impacted many, many lives.

 

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Matsui-Beckman Endowed Scholarship (Osher)

Bill and Connie support three OSHER scholarship for MiraCosta College students.

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Meisen Family Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Adolph ‘Lefty’ Meisen, who was a longtime MiraCosta College educator. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s in history at Columbia University and a doctorate from University of North Carolina.
Dr. Meisen taught at the University of Mississippi and Stanford before opting for a more hands-on teaching environment. In 1949 he joined the Oceanside-Carlsbad Junior College as a dean of men and history instructor. Dr. Meisen scheduled classes, designed curriculum, hired faculty, and evaluated instruction. Dr. Meisen recognized and understood the needs of students in order to succeed, and he continues to make sure students reach academic success.

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Michael Holladay Memorial Scholarship

Michael overcame substance abuse and wanted to do something with his life.  When he discovered that MiraCosta College was performing the rock opera Tommy, he decided to audition and was cast.  Working with the students on the set of Tommy he loved the ‘going places’ attitude the students had.  He started taking classes and wanted to ultimately become a Music Instructor. To give back to the students that touched his life, Michael donated the first $3,000 to the newly created Classified Senate Student Scholarship.  Unfortunately, he passed away after one semester of classes and the scholarship that he helped start was renamed the Michael Holladay Memorial Scholarship in his honor.
 
The Michael Holladay Memorial Scholarship is for re-entry students (25 years or older) who have completed six units or more at MiraCosta College with a GPA of 2.0 or greater, and demonstrate financial need.  Qualified candidates must be students planning to continue at MiraCosta College and enroll in six units or more.

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Military & Veterans Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who have completed six units or more at MiraCosta College with a GPA of 2.0 or greater.
Qualified candidates must be Military active-duty or veterans planning to continue at MiraCosta College and enroll in six units or more.

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Milstein Family Honors Scholarship

The Milstein Family Honors Scholarship was founded by attorney Louis N. Milstein, MiraCosta College associate business faculty member, and is funded by his family's philanthropic fund.  The Elliott & Elyse Milstein Philanthropic Fund was created with seed funds by Dr. Milstein’s parents, Nathan and Esther Milstein, and his aunt, Dr. A. Freda Milstein.  The fund, as its name implies, is now funded and managed primarily by his brother, Elliott A. Milstein, president and CEO of Biopelle, Inc., of Ferndale, Michigan, and his wife, Elyse Milstein, who is involved in numerous charitable causes for small children in need.  The primary purpose of the Milstein Philanthropic Fund is to award and assist people in need and to promote academic excellence.  As a way of combining both goals, the fund supports numerous scholarships for students of high academic standing who are in need of financial assistance to allow them to pursue their academic and professional goals.
When attorney Lou Milstein became a faculty member at MiraCosta in 2012, he presented a plan to the directors of the fund to create the Milstein Family Honors Scholarship, a scholarship where worthy MiraCosta business/law students could benefit while pursuing their dreams in their chosen fields. The board accepted his plan and we are hopeful that this scholarship will be available to benefit those students for many years to come.

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Mira Costa Horticulture Club Scholarship

The MiraCosta College Horticulture Club gathers students interested in the study of the art and science of cultivating plants. Students in the horticulture program and club have the chances to learn unique methods to horticulture such as floral design, landscape design, and wine studies. The Horticulture Club allows students to participate in outside classroom activities such as industry tours, internships, trips, and participating in local competitions such as the PLANET Student Career Days and the San Diego County Fair. The Horticulture Club and Program seeks to raise students and the community’s awareness and appreciation for the beauty of horticulture. 

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MiraCosta Cares! Endowment Scholarship

MiraCosta College Cares! is a campaign that was launched two years ago, through the generosity of an anonymous donor who contributed $15,000 in matching funds to establish a payroll giving campaign and MiraCosta College Cares! Scholarship Endowment. 

The donor asked us to first recognize the generosity of faculty and staff that have gone above and beyond their official responsibilities to enrich the campus community by financially supporting student scholarships and college programs and then to encourage others to join them by offering a one year payroll giving match. Today, over 200 faculty and staff donate to scholarship funding through payroll giving. The Foundation thanks employees and pays remembrance to our anonymous donor who promoted payroll giving by delivering MiraCosta Cares! Cookies on Valentine’s Day.

This endowed scholarship is one supported with love from faculty, staff, and friends of the college who support higher education.

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MiraCosta College Academic Senate Endowed Scholarship

MiraCosta College Academic Senate supports two scholarships:

  • MiraCosta College Academic Senate Endowed Scholarship
  • MiraCosta College Academic Senate (OSHER) Scholarship
The MiraCosta College Academic Senate was created in 1963, and is among the oldest Community College Academic Senates in the state. In the late 1970’s the colleges Academic Senate helped develope a collegial governance process that became a model throughout the state. The Academic Senate was confirmed as the college’s primary voice with the passage of AB 1725 in 1988. Since then the MiraCosta College Academic Senate has been a great influence in the college’s curriculum and seeking student need.

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  • Osher - MiraCosta College Academic Senate Endowed Scholarship

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MiraCosta College Associated Student Government Endowed Scholarship (Osher)

The Associated Student Government supports scholarships for MiraCosta students: 

  • Community Learning Center Endowed Scholarships
  • MiraCosta College Associated Student Govenrment Endowed  Scholarships (OSHER)
The goal of the Associated Student Government (ASG) of MiraCosta College is to give a voice to all students on campus.  The ASG allows students to be active in the campus community by promoting student life, diversity, and learning outside of the classroom. Students gain experience in leadership, communication, event planning, marketing and more. Positions are available to fit the interests of individual students.  The ASG supports student clubs & organizations on campus through the Inter-Club Council.  Students can come to the ASG to present concerns or suggestions about issues, and ask for them to be implemented or addressed.
The ASG meets weekly to discuss Student Senate business and take action to achieve its goals.  The ASG provides representation and activities for students at all three campus locations: Oceanside, Community Learning Center and San Elijo.

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MiraCosta College Classified Senate Scholarships

Scholarships offered through the Classified Senate: 

  • Michael Holladay Memorial Endowed Scholarship

  • MiraCosta College Classified Senate Endowed Scholarship (Osher)

  • MiraCosta College Classified Senate Employee Scholarship

MiraCosta College is one of only a few community colleges in California that does not have a collective bargaining unit, i.e. unions.  They have maintained a collegial atmosphere throughout the years because of a mutual trust and respect between the staff and administration.
The Classified Senate is the official employee group for most classified professionals at MiraCosta College. The Classified Senate of MiraCosta College is comprised of diverse, committed, professional staff that support and reaffirm the college’s mission. The Classified Senate began in 1973, when the classified staff was asked to select a permanent representative to be part of the President’s Council, so that the concerns and interests of the classified staff could be voiced. This was the beginning of the Classified Employees Association (CEA), which was voted to be changed to Classified Senate. In 1978 the first by-laws were approved by the MiraCosta College Board of Trustees in which the purposes are stated as so, to facilitate communication among the classified senate and the administration, the faculty, and the Board of Trustees. To participate in the development and formation of policy and practices as they relate to activities and functions of the classified staff. And to make recommendations to the administration and the Board of Trustees on all matters determined pertinent. Alongside caring for faculty and staff of the college, the Classified Senate also supports students striving to gain a higher education.

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MiraCosta College Foundation Endowed Scholarships

The Vision of the MiraCosta College Foundation is to ensure that no one is denied access to higher education because of financial need and that resources are available to enrich the college experience for all students.
Mission: To promote the interests and the welfare of the college and secure resources that will transform student lives.

 

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  • Dance Scholarship
  • Gwynne Hodge Scholarship
  • Internet Student Scholarship
  • MiraCosta College Foundation Endowed Scholarship
  • MiraCosta College Foundation General Scholarship
  • Nursing Scholarship
  • Pecunia Scholarship

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MiraCosta College Osher Endowed Scholarship

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MiraCosta College President's Circle Scholarships

The President's Circle was formed to help provide a source of unrestricted support to aid the President in sustaining programs vital to our mission such as funding scholarships for deserving students, stimulating new academic programs, and enhancing college outreach to the community.
Members of the President's Circle are alumni, parents, friends, and business and community leaders who form a circle of support for MiraCosta College, its students, and campus programs.
The President's Circle supports MiraCosta College President's Circle-Osher scholarships and MiraCosta College
 President's Circle scholarships.
 

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  • Osher - MiraCosta College President's Circle Endowed Scholarship
  • MiraCosta College President's Circle Scholarship

MiraCosta College Women's Advisory Committee Endowed Scholarships (Osher)

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MiraCosta Design Department Scholarship

The MiraCosta College Design Department staff created The Design Department scholarship for students who are enrolled in design classes.
The Design program offers courses in architecture, drafting, and engineering for students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution or gain employment in the fields of architectural design, computer aided design, mechanical design, and engineering design. The program also offers courses for those who may not be pursuing a career in design but who have an interest in or need to understand graphic communication.

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Mireille Rajah Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Mireille Rajah was a secretary of foreign students in the Saudi Embassy where she was responsible for the placement of the students in the Swiss Universities.
Mireille and Mohammed moved to Sudan where she taught French to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.   Eventually, they relocated to the United States and settled in San Diego County.  Mireille started at MiraCosta College as a reentry student, then transferred to U.C. San Diego and obtained her B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. in Sociology.   At Grossmont College she replaced a full-time faculty and taught two classes for them, and also taught Sociology as an Associate faculty member. Mireille passed away as a result of a second brain surgery to remove a brain tumor that grew again after a previous surgery.

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Mission Hills Garden Club Scholarship

Each year in May, the garden club holds its annual “Mission Hills Garden Walk, Beyond the Gate” event, which is the primary and largest fundraiser for the Mission Hills Garden Club. Funds generated from this event are used to beautify the Mission Hills community and provide horticultural scholarships and internships at community colleges. Among other projects, the Garden Club sponsors the hanging flower baskets in the Mission Hills business district and also supports the flower wall mural on Goldfinch just south of Sutter. Grant School and many other local school gardens receive grants and supplies from the Mission Hills Garden Club.  Beyond the Gate homes include a variety of landscapes that will inspire all garden enthusiasts.  Their goal is to present to you a diverse group of landscapes and to show all possible options for your own gardens. You will see interesting uses of succulents, perennials, and tropical plants at the homes, large and small. The range of homes includes large estates, cottages, and homes on canyons with amazing views. Visit their website for information www.missionhillsgardenclub.org.

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Mort and Agatha Winski Scholarship

"Looking for an investment with the greatest return, Agatha and Mort Winski chose to help students who had the odds stacked against them."

Mort and Agatha Winski first arrived to MiraCosta College the summer of 1994 with intentions of providing funding to “university” students. They were not familiar with community colleges and their unique mission within the structure of higher education. Mort and Agatha were willing to learn more about community colleges and were intrigued that they could provide support to students of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages. They were especially impressed that many of the students attending MiraCosta were first generation college students and that many had to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to attend school. They decided to start providing scholarships to students who were academically bright but economically disadvantaged. Mort and Agatha held annual receptions to meet their scholarship recipients, because they truly cared for those who they were providing educational opportunities. Even after their time, Mort and Agatha are still rewarding scholarships to well deserving students such as you. 

Eligibility criteria: 

This is a renewable scholarship that awards $500 per semester (fall and spring) with a maximum of $2,000 over four semesters.
Qualified candidates are students who have completed 12 units (full-time) with a GPA of 3.0 or better each semester at MiraCosta College, plan to continue full-time at MiraCosta, and have financial need.
Renewal is based on meeting the stated criteria of maintaining full-time enrollment with a GPA of 3.0 or better each semester.

 

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Mr. and Mrs. Leo J. Mies Memorial Scholarship

Leo Mies was born in Illinois on March 6, 1899. He attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and also served in the Army during World War I.  In 1920 he moved to Los Angeles, California, relocated to Oceanside in 1928, and married his lovely wife Dorothy Chambers in 1936.  Both Leo and Dorothy were interested in education. Dorothy was a teacher for many years and Leo was an active civic leader.  They included MiraCosta College in their will, which created the Mr. and Mrs. Leo J. Mies Memorial Endowed Scholarship to support students pursuing an education.

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Music Scholarship

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Nancy and Mark Winski Scholarship

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Natalie Vermilyea Endowed Scholarship

Natalie Vermilyea had been a resident of Carlsbad since 1942 when she and her husband moved there from Omaha, Nebraska. She became known by many of the locals as the “first lady of Carlsbad” because she witnessed the city begin with fewer than 3,000 people become an incorporated city, in 1952. She soon became the cities first paid employee, not before she volunteered her work and time to ensure the city had enough money to grow. She then transferred to the police department and served as a dispatcher. When the Oceanside-Carlsbad Junior College opened, she enrolled in criminal justice classes and continued on with her education, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree at San Diego State University. Although she was busy with work and school, she still managed to raise eight children, all of whom graduated from college. She wanted to give students the same opportunity to education as she was able to have, so she established this endowment herself, hoping that this endowment would spark students interest and excitement in law enforcement.  

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Norman and Linda Levitt Scholarship

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Nursing Endowed Scholarship (Osher)

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Oceanside Civitan Scholarships

The Oceanside Civitan Scholarships were established in June of 2008 in order to award funds to students in need. This scholarships meet the Oceanside Civitan’s mission of raising and providing funds to individuals who face challenges.
Oceanside Civitan seeks to support individuals in the community through their fundraising efforts, which reflects the heart behind their scholarship fund.

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Oceanside Pacific Kiwanis Foundation William Foran Scholarship

Dr. William Foran served MiraCosta College for 22 years as MiraCosta’ Vice President of Student Services, as well as a teacher and a coach beforehand. He was a dedicated supporter of the college and helped establish the Medal of Honor Program, which is MiraCosta College’s most prestigious award given to hard working students. Bill also founded the Oceanside Pacific Kiwanis Club where he promoted philanthropic investments in education as young as elementary school. This scholarship was established by the Oceanside Pacific Kiwanis Foundation to remember Bill’s great work in creating and supporting organizations that make a difference in students’ lives and the community. This scholarship continues to be funded through the generosity of the Oceanside Pacific Kiwanis Foundation, which recognizes the difference an education makes in a student’s life. 

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Olaf Peterson Memorial Endowed Scholarship

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On & Phat Ha Scholarship

Phat and On Ha are first generation immigrants from Vietnam. Phat, who was a pilot in the South Vietnamese Air Force, received his flight training in the United States between 1970-1971 at Lackland, Randolph, Keesler, and Lockbourne Air Force Bases. On was seamstress by trade and was a manager for an overseas clothing manufacturer.  On April 29, 1975, the day before Saigon fell to the Communist regime, Phat and On escaped the country with their 18 month old daughter, Thao, in tow. After months at a refugee camp in Guam, they were processed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida and were sent to settle in San Antonio, Texas. By 1978, Phat and On had two more daughters and a son, and resettled in Houston, Texas, where they currently reside today. Phat found work as a machinist, and On started a company called OP Distribution which manufactures surgical eye patches and other textile goods. Today, they run the company together and manufacture surgical products which are distributed around the world. Their eldest daughter, Thao, is a Professor of Sociology at MiraCosta College. Their three other children are working professionals and live in Texas as well.

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Osher Initiative for California Community College Students Scholarship

Osher Scholarships are made possible by a generous commitment from The Bernard Osher Foundation, which donated $25 million to the Foundation for California Community Colleges to establish an endowment providing permanent scholarships to California community college students. Thanks to this generous commitment, and the generosity of MiraCosta Foundation donors, we will be able to award scholarships to students like you every year.  The Osher Foundation established this endowment to support students who demonstrated a commitment to completing their education and who have financial hardships making it difficult to pay for college.  This scholarship is intended to help you reach your educational goals and the Osher Foundation stipulates that scholarship funds be used for educational expenses including textbooks, lab fees, uniforms, tools, and other equipment required by your course of study.

Scholarship criteria:  Student must be receiving a Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW), have completed 24 or more degree applicable units, have stated career goals, a 2.0 or better GPA.

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Patricia and Mark Rudolph Endowed Scholarship

Patricia Rudolph, also known as “Mother Cardiff” as she was known in her adopted hometown, was an extraordinary woman, community activist, and leader. Following high school she traveled the world as a stewardess, and then later as a Special Events Director, for United Airlines. After spending a lifetime of working around the world, she found “home” in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. She dedicated herself to her community, protecting its character and nurturing its growth. Pat was passionate about fighting injustice and intolerance, and helping those in need. Some of her contributions to her community included adopting MiraCosta College’s San Elijo Campus as it was being established. She served on the college’s advisory board for many years, where she developed her devotion for hard working responsible students. Pat made provisions in her estate plans that created this endowed scholarship, leaving a lasting legacy on MiraCosta students. 

 

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Performing Arts Endowed Scholarship (Osher)

Scholarship criteria:  Student must be receiving a Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW), have completed 24 or more degree applicable units, have stated career goals, a 2.0 or better GPA, majoring in Dramatic Arts and/or Theatre Arts.

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Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) Scholarship

Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC), who comprise a significant portion of the LGBTQIA+ community in the United States, face unique challenges and barriers in hire education and employment. The QTPOC scholarship raises visibility for these communities and invites conversations and dialog about eliminating these challenges and barriers.

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Ralph & Rita Evans Memorial Scholarship

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Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Foundation Scholarship

The Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe has been avid donors and supporters of scholarship funding for students and veterans’ services. The organizations motto is serving before oneself, which is a reflection of their support of MiraCosta College which seeks to serve all those part of the campus and the community. The funding the Rotary Club has provided to MiraCosta College has directly impacted MiraCosta’s military and veteran students, and all students afford a higher education. Being in the surrounding community of MiraCosta campuses, the Rotary club feels directly connected to the college, as current President Greg Grajek has said, “We feel honored to contribute.” 

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Richard & Martha Witz Endowment Scholarship

Martha Witz was a larger-than-life lady who made a great difference to the community in both Los Angeles and San Diego. It was the energy, enthusiasm and generosity of Martha that enabled the establishment of an endowed fund in her husband’s name, Richard Witz. Both Martha and Richard were graduates of community colleges in California, which is why they pursued an endowment to MiraqCosta College. Martha attended East Los Angeles College and graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a degree in political science and American studies. Richard attended Pasadena Community College. When Martha passed away in 2009 the endowment was re-established to include her name as well, to honor and remember her many endeavors over her long life of active volunteerism and giving.

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Robert & Estelle Gleason Memorial Endowment Scholarship

Robert and Estelle Gleason were longtime Oceanside residents who participated in civic and cultural organizations aimed at improving the quality of life of the region’s residents. One organization they supported in particular was MiraCosta College, because Robert was involved with the college and helped form the MiraCosta College Foundation in 1966. Their philanthropic tradition with the college began when they made a large estate gift in 2007, first establishing this endowed fund.
Both Robert and Estelle have passed, but their daughter Gigi Gleason keeps their philanthropic desires alive. She is a current MiraCosta College Foundation Board member, and continually supports the college and all its endeavors.

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Robert C. Frazee Scholarship

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Robert Rodgers Memorial Endowed Scholarship

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Rodriguez Memorial Veteran Scholarship

Ruben F. Rodriguez served in the Vietnam war where he gave his life for his country. Unfortunately, his son Troy was just a young boy and did not get the chance to grow up with his father. The Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship was established in loving memory by his son to assist MiraCosta College veterans.

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Rose E. Nemeth Endowed Scholarship (Osher)

Karen and James Austin dedicate this scholarship in memory of Karen’s beloved grandmother, Rose E. Nemeth, to honor the nurses, doctors and other health care professionals who contributed to Rose’s quality of life in her later years while she battled several serious medical conditions.
Rose was born in 1906 and died in 2003. During her long and eventful life she emigrated from war-torn Europe to America. In turn, she mentored many refugees as they strove to assimilate to their new home the United States. In many ways, Rose was a one-person community college to many of those refugees who loved roses! The photo chosen for this mini-biography was taken at Balboa Park’s rose garden, in Rose’s ninety-
sixth year.

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Sadatrafiei Scholarship

The Sadatrafiei Scholarship was created by Amir Atefi, an Iranian American born in San Diego, California, in honor of his grandfather, Jamal Sadatrafiei, to carry on his legacy of education-based philanthropy. 
Jamal Sadatrafiei was born on January 21, 1932 in Shiraz, Iran. A few years before he was born, his father lost all of his financial assets during the worst recession in Iran's history. In order to help his family survive financially, Jamal dropped out of school at the age of 8 and began working for up to 7 hours a day. Jamal's contribution allowed for his family to meet their financial needs and for his siblings to attend school.  While Jamal never went back to school, he would study his siblings' books at night after work and eventually taught himself how to read, write, and perform advanced algebra. He continued to excel on the job and eventually went off to establish a sizable real estate development operation, and become one of the most respected businessmen in Shiraz. He never stopped supporting his parents and siblings. 
When Jamal started his own family, his children’s education was his first priority. He encouraged his children to study Iranian poetry, history, and always held them to a high standard. However, many of his daughters got engaged and married before they ever had the opportunity to attend college. In 1982, Jamal's 3rd daughter, Nikoo Sadatrafiei (Amir's mother), was married to and started a family with Hossein Atefi shortly after graduating at the top of her class in high school, and therefore was unable to go to attend college. She always dreamed of getting her Ph.D. 
In 1979, Jamal bought two acres of land in his hometown of Shiraz and built a K-12 all-girls’ school. Despite enduring another economic recession set off by the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Jamal refused to accept any money from the City of Shiraz or private donors for the construction of the school. Jamal eventually donated the “Educational Institute of Jamal Sadatrafiei" to the City of Shiraz in 1984 and cut the ribbon on the first day of school. Today, this school continues to be the largest all-girls’ school in Shiraz and is very well regarded for its consistently high academics and integration of technology.
Jamal envisioned an Iran where women can transcend social restraints and ascent into the the highest positions in the country's business and political environment. While Jamal could not send his daughter Nikoo to college right after high school, the Sadatrafiei Institute has since sent over two thousand young Iranian women to some of the nation's and world's best collegiate institutions with over 85% of graduates attending higher education. 
To appreciate his outstanding donation to his hometown, every year on the first day of school, the City of Shiraz honors his generosity with a military march, musical performances, and the opportunity for him to give a speech to the new girls entering the Sadatrafiei Institute that year.
Nikoo Sadatrafiei eventually took night courses at a local community college, was admitted to San Diego State University where she earned her BS in Psychology, and eventually went on to achieve her dreams of earning her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant University in 2014. 

 

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Sally Foster Endowed Scholarship

A native of Michigan, Sally Foster moved to the San Diego area in 1974. She attended graduate school at Chico State and was hired as a counselor at Butte Community College and a lecturer at CSU, Chico. In 1982 she joined MiraCosta College as an Associate faculty member and became a full-time faculty member in 1987 in the Behavioral Sciences Department, teaching psychology classes at both the Oceanside and San Elijo campuses.  Her favorite class to teach was Physiological Psychology and she created a website to help students learn about how neurons communicate, a process known as action potential.  In July 2005 she accepted the position of Dean of the San Elijo campus until she retired July 2012.
Sally’s favorite past times are reading, listening to music, bird watching and ballroom dancing. She is well known at MiraCosta as one of our longstanding joke archivists. Her life-long personal goal is to always keep learning. Dean Foster is a board member of two local foundations, the  Coastal Community Foundation and the San Elijo Lagoon conservancy. Working with members of the Conservancy Sally has helped to raise awareness about our own local lagoon by sponsoring the Lagoon Lecture Series at MiraCosta College. She is passionate about the environment and hopes that the current generations of young, middle age and older adults will exert political pressure on policy makers to halt global warming and volunteer their own time and efforts so that we leave the earth a better place to live in for generations to come.

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Samuel D. & Melinda L. Riccitelli Endowed Scholarship (Osher)

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Samuel Hugh Bowen Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Samuel Hugh Bowen Memorial Scholarship was established by Mignon and Duane Bowen, in memory of their first born grandchild Samuel Hugh Bowen, who was stillborn on March 31, 1989 to his parents Leticia and James Bowen.
Samuel’s loss was deeply felt by the family in which they established this endowed scholarship to allow his memory to live on. The Bowen family had been members of the Oceanside community since 1970, and took advantage of their access to MiraCosta College which provides opportunities to education which in turn benefits the community. MiraCosta College enhanced the lives of the Bowen family that is why they chose to pay tribute to Sam’s memory while helping a student gain means to attend college.

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San Diego Floral Association Roland and Ethel Hoyt Scholarship

The San Diego Floral Association is sponsored by the San Diego Park and Recreation Department. Founded in 1907, it is the oldest garden club in Southern California and the first organization allowed to occupy quarters in Balboa Park.
Mission: To promote the knowledge and appreciation of horticulture and floriculture in the San Diego region.

 

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San Dieguito Woman's Club Endowed Scholarship

The San Dieguito Woman's Club is a friendly group of ladies dedicated to supporting various charities in the San Dieguito communities. The club is part of the larger General Federation of Women's Clubs International, approximately 30,000 strong.  Club members are active in charitable and philanthropic ventures as well as participants in many and varied social activities and topics of interest to members.

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Sandra Haasis Visual Arts Scholarship

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Science Endowed Scholarship (Osher)

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Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who have completed six units or more at MiraCosta College with a GPA of 3.0 or greater and demonstrate financial need.
Qualified candidates must be students planning to continue at MiraCosta College and enroll full-time (12 units).  Priority given to those with financial need.

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Sloan/Robertson Endowed Scholarship

Colonel & Mrs. Donald C. Sloan (Helen and Don) were born on farms in Iowa and met while attending Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Don served 33 years in the Air Force. His duties during WWII included leading the 38th Service Group in England, North Africa, and Italy. Helen’s talents included the gift of being able to play the piano by ear. She loved learning and was an excellent word game and puzzle solver. The Sloans were married for 51 years and raised 2 children. Don and Helen felt strongly about helping others, and their hope would be that this scholarship will enable students to learn and to define their dreams.

Dr. & Mrs. G.W. Robertson (Wally and Irene) met when they were in high school and married after Wally graduated from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin and McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Wally was an avid golfer and dedicated to equality for all persons throughout his life. Irene Robertson was a stay-at-home mother to the four Robertson children. She was a choir alto, a Sunday school teacher, and a "second mom" to hundreds of teenage girls in her senior high girls dinner groups over many years in East Lansing, Michigan. The Robertsons were married for 61 years before Wally died at 85 in 1999. Irene lived to be 97 before she died in 2012. They both valued education and they would be pleased to know that MiraCosta students are being helped in their memory.

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Spotlight Circle

Scholarship criteria:  Student must be receiving a Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW), have completed 24 or more degree applicable units, have stated career goals, a 2.0 or better GPA, majoring in Dramatic Arts/Theatre Arts.

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Stephen "Hap" L'Heureux Dramatic Arts Scholarship

Stephen “Hap” L’Heureux, a fourth generation Californian and longtime Carlsbad resident, theater lover and patron, established this endowed scholarship to promote, encourage and develop students who desire to pursue a career in the theater.
While serving as the longtime President of New Village Arts Theater in Carlsbad, he grew to appreciate and understand that theater is magic. It makes the written word visible right before your eyes, but this does not happen without enormous hard work and passion. The sacrifices and dedication made in time and effort by those both behind and on the stage is a real testament to their passion for their craft. As a longtime supporter and subscriber to the Mira Costa College Theater, he hopes that this scholarship will serve in a tangible way to help insure that theater arts in America grow and thrive. One way to do that is to develop the next generation of performers and theater leaders today.

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Stewart F. Lind Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who have completed six units or more at MiraCosta College with a GPA of 2.5 or greater and demonstrate financial need.
Qualified candidates must be physically disabled students participating with Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS), planning to continue at MiraCosta College,  and enroll full-time (12 units).  




 

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Theresia Heyden Scholarship

Theresia Heyden is an extraordinary woman who has a life story that could be written into a bestselling book.
This former German countess, nurse, pilot, prisoner of World War II and philanthropist spends her time and resources to alleviate suffering children in war-torn countries and paves a financial path for students to earn a nursing degree at MiraCosta College. Her affinity for nursing stems from her lifelong nursing practice, in World War II she served as a battlefield nurse, and has volunteered as a nurse practitioner for the World Health Organization.
She has touched lives through her work as a nurse and continues to touch lives of students aiming for a career in health care. At the age of 90, Theresia is still going strong and continues to promote others to act as she has, in saving others’ lives. 

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Trans* Pride Scholarship

The Trans* Pride Scholarship has been created by a coalition of faculty, staff, and students concerned with traditional and historic barriers to higher education for transgender* and gender nonconforming students. They are actively fundraising for the scholarship through employee payroll deduction and through the Gay Straight Alliance student club's events such as the annual Queer Cupcake Party. ​ 

*Transgender: A person whose gender identity and/or expression is not aligned with the gender they were assigned at birth. “Transgender” is often used as an umbrella term encompassing a large number of identities related to gender nonconformity. Gender Nonconforming: A descriptive term and/or identity of a person who has a gender identity and/or expression that does not conform to the traditional expectations of the gender they were assigned at birth. People who identify as “gender nonconforming” or “gender variant” may or may not also identify as “transgender.”

This scholarship is for students who have completed six or more units at MiraCosta College with a GPA of 2.0 or greater and demonstrate financial need.
Qualified candidates must identify as transgender and/or gender nonconforming or as a friend/ally to the transgender and/or gender nonconforming communities, planning to continue at MiraCosta College in six or more units or transfer to a 4-year institution in the fall.
 

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Tri-City Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship

The Tri-City Hospital Auxiliary scholarship was established in 2011 to award MiraCosta College nursing student’s scholarships. Their motto is “lend a hand, receive a smile” which is what the organization does by providing scholarship funding to hard working students studying in the field of nursing. 

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Umoja Scholarships

Umoja, (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is committed to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences and increasing the persistence and retention rates of African American and other students. Our Umoja community actively serves and promotes success for all students through a curriculum responsive to the legacy of the African and African American Diasporas. The Umoja Community seeks to educate the whole student – mind, body, and spirit. Informed by an ethic of love and its vital power, Umoja will deliberately engage students as full participants in the construction of knowledge and critical thought.
Student Benefits:

  • Learn what it takes to succeed in college and in life, along with making new friends to start college.
  • Opportunity to attend Umoja sponsored conferences and regional symposia
  • Career, academic, and personal counseling.
  • Peer Mentoring
  • University visits
  • Cultural Experiences
  • Opportunity to develop leadership skills in a supportive environment
  • Access to Umoja Community scholarships (MiraCosta and statewide)
  • Take part in curriculum and teaching practices that empower and increase self-efficacy.

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Veteran Scholarship

Ric Davy, Principal Architect, has completed a variety of educational commissions through his 35 years of experience. He designed the re-constructed San Pasqual Academy for foster children; Mesa Ridge High School in Colorado Springs, CO., a 174,000 SF high school conceived and completed in less than two years; the Monarch School, a K-12 school designed to provide an education for homeless children; and the proposed Child Development Center for Palomar College. He has worked with the Julian Union High School District to modernize a portion of the high school, reconstruct a condemned science wing, and replaced the Architect-of- Record for restoration of the original Annex Building.
 Ric’s early career included tenure as a Project Manager for one of San Diego’s largest general construction companies. Using his construction experience, he developed the firm’s “VALUE DESIGN” process to ensure that our clients benefit from the principals of good value management.
A disabled veteran of two wars, Ric was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses as an Air Force pilot for service in Vietnam. He later affiliated with the Naval Reserve as a civil engineer and was recalled for Desert Storm as a Civil Engineer for Naval Forces Central Command. He studied theater design at Cambridge University and received his Masters of Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1979.
Ric taught at the NewSchool of Architecture + Design and continues to volunteer his time as a visiting juror at the school. Further public service includes the YMCA Camp Board, TACHS (The Association for Community Housing Solutions) Board, and The Rotary Club. Ric is also a member of the MiraCosta College’s Advisory Board, and President’s Circle, and the Community Leaders Dialogue. His national architectural registration provides reciprocity nationwide.

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Vista Garden Club Scholarships

The Vista Garden Club is a group of about 120 men and women in San Diego County, devoted to gardening. The Vista Garden Club has been in existence since 1930 and through the years has been a focal point for local experts, professionals and hobbyists to exchange information about the art of gardening. Their knowledge, enthusiasm and enjoyment are evidenced by the public services they perform. They are an active organization stressing community involvement, and their members participate in projects that beautify our city and educate our members.
The Vista Garden Community goes beyond community projects, and promotes the love of gardening and horticulture at MiraCosta College through their scholarships.

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Waite Family Arts Scholarship

Gabriel Waite's passion for Art and Media Arts & Technologies, combined with his support and gratitude of the sacrifices members of the military and their families make for their country, is the inspiration for this scholarship.
Gabriel's love of art began early in elementary school, followed him throughout his life, and eventually led to his earning a Bachelor's Degree in Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design from San Diego State University. He continues to have a successful and rewarding career and looks forward to helping others achieve the same.
The scholarship is tailored to veterans, active military and their dependents who are majoring in Art or Media Arts & Technologies.

 

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Walter P. & Elizabeth M. Balderston Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Mike and Patti Gollong are longtime Encinitas residents. Patti spent 18 years working at MiraCosta College as a graphic artist in the Public Information Office where she saw countless examples of student success.
The scholarship was motivated by a desire to help others achieve success and  was named in honor of Mike's parents who were strong advocates for education.

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Wilkinson Community Service Scholarship

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William F. Litwiller Scholarship

The family of William “Bill” Litwiller created this scholarship fund as a way of remembering a husband, father, and granddad in a way that exemplified the high value that he placed on higher education. Bill credits the opportunities that became available to him to his pursuit of education, which included a 4-year degree in Agriculture and Education from Iowa State University and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.  His degrees opened doors and, just as importantly, opened his mind to the possibilities of a life neither his parents nor grandparents could envision.  

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Women's Advisory Committee Endowed Scholarship

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Women's Day Endowed Scholarship

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Wright Smith Family Study Abroad Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who are currently enrolled at MiraCosta College with a GPA of 2.5 or greater and demonstrate financial need.  
Student must qualify for the Study Abroad Program offered by MiraCosta College and intends to enroll as a full-time student, or in a minimum of 9 units, while studying abroad.
Preferred but not required, student intends to return to MiraCosta College to continue studies.