The Shoreline Community College Foundation awarded more than $75,000 in scholarships to more than 50 recipients at last night’s annual Spring Scholarship Celebration. Family, friends, faculty and staff looked on and applauded as each student was recognized as they received their awards.
Danielle Norton sat in the audience with her mom and baby sister. A senior at Marysville Getchell/SFE, Norton is enrolled in the School for the Entrepreneur.
"I was recruited for the soccer team and when I found out that Shoreline had a DECA program, my mind was made up," the 18 year-old said. She says she looks forward to the opportunities that await her at Shoreline.
Her mother, Tiffany, says her daughter's commitment to eduation has inpsired her and that she now, too, is a college student, studying accounting and bookkeeping.
Hsin Sung was awarded the Friends of Fircrest scholarship, the first to be awarded at Shoreline. This scholarship was established for the purpose of assisting students who are interested in pursuing careers in Nursing or Medical or Dental fields with additional focus towards serving people with developmental disabilities. Sung grew up in Taiwan, and arrived in the U.S. at the age of 17. Despite difficulties with learning the English language and financial setbacks, Sung first became a Certified Nursing Assistant and eventually was accepted into the SCC Nursing Program in March of this year.
Shoreline CC Foundation President Scott Saunders spoke for all who participated on the awards selection committee. “It was an honor to read these applications,” he said, stating that this year’s students were truly remarkable. He thanked all members of the Foundation Board as well for their continuing commitment to Shoreline students.
Saunders then focused on those who made this year’s scholarships possible. “Without the help of our generous Foundation donors, we would not be here today,” Foundation President Scott Saunders said. “Today is truly a day to celebrate all of you who support our deserving students. Thank you so, so much, and congratulations to you as well as our students.”
President Lambert talked briefly about U.S. President Obama’s support of higher education and its role in an increasingly competitive world economy before thanking the donors who are committed to supporting our students at a time when state budgets fail us.
“We have the finest education programs in the world – more people come here than anywhere else – but with state budgets waning, more and more costs are shifted to our students. I sincerely thank all of you who care about our students and supported their education.”
As emcee, Dr. Yvonne Terrell-Powell, Director, Center for Equity, Engagement and Services, thanked Trustees Jerry Smith, Roger Olstad, Gidget Terpstra, Shoubee Liaw and Phil Barrett and recognized city officials who also supported Foundation efforts. She thanked the Foundation Board members for their stellar fundraising efforts – President Scott Saunders, Warren Johnson, Ruth Kagi, Jim O’Hanlon, Harley O’Neil, Ken Noreen and newest Board member, Toby Travis for their hard work as well as Foundation Executive Director, Jane McNabb, Foundation Director, Ritva Manchester and Program Coordinator, Lynn Yaw. Terrell-Powell also acknowledged all the people who graciously gave time on award selection committees.
Terrell-Powell shared brief depictions on student accomplishments and goals. “I think you will begin to understand the breadth and wide diversity of both our Shoreline students and the programs and curriculum offered here at SCC,” Terrell-Powell said before the students were awarded their scholarships.
Sixty-two scholarship certificates were presented to students by Yaw and President Lambert and SCC Foundation President Scott Saunders congratulated them with a handshake.
More to come. See the Scholarship Celebration photo gallery.