Thursday, May 21, 2009
* Families and Friends Honor Scholarship Recipients
The Shoreline Community College Foundation awarded $64,000 in scholarships at the annual Spring Scholarship Celebration on Wednesday, May 20. A total of 52 students received scholarships while families and friends cheered.
One of the awardees was Angie Sterling, a transfer student who many college employees know well -- Angie works alongside Mary Sheaffer as a work study in the President's office. She knows the college inside and out, and this scholarship means everything to her.
Angie grew up on the south side of Chicago in a gang-infested neighborhood. She saw many of her male friends become gang members and by the time they were 18, most of them were doing life terms in prison or had been murdered. This was difficult for Angie as she had known them for years, long before they had gotten into trouble. "People are more than the crimes they commit," she said. "They are not one-dimensional." It was these childhood relationships that motivated Angie, 35, to earn a degree in psychology so she could someday help others like them. "I want to work with juveniles in the prison system," she said, "to help those that everyone else has given up on."
Angie plans on transferring to Seattle U (hopefully) when she graduates in 2010. She says she will miss Shoreline. "This school feels more to me like family than school. Everybody is very, very supportive."
Over the last three years, the Foundation has distributed over $284,000 in financial support for Shoreline students.