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2020 Ventura College Foundation Scholarship Awards

2020 Ventura College Foundation Scholarship Awards

VENTURA COLLEGE GRATITUDE
REPORT
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A PUBLICATION OF THE VENTURA
COLLEGE FOUNDATION


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

4 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT - KIM HOFFMANS, R.N., ED.D.

5 MESSAGE FROM THE VENTURA COLLEGE FOUNDATION BOARD CHAIR - ROB VAN NIEUWBURG

6 PHOENIX SPOTLIGHT - CHRISTINA MONTROSE
OVERCOMING GRIEF TO ASSIST OTHERS IN NEED

8 VC PROMISE SPOTLIGHT - EDWARD RAMIREZ
FOREVER DRIVEN BY THE POWER OF EDUCATION

9 TEXTBOOK SUPPORT SPOTLIGHT - DAISY CASTILLO
ASSOCIATED STUDENTS PRESIDENT– AT AGE 19

10 PHOENIX SCHOLARSHIP - ERICK PINA
TRANSCENDING ADDICTION TO RISE TO THE DEAN’S LIST

12 SCHOLARSHIP SPOTLIGHT - JINGYING OOI
14 FROM PENANG, MALAYSIA TO VENTURA COLLEGE SCHOLAR
15
STEM SCHOLARSHIP - ELIJAH WALKER
EVER-EVOLVING SPACE ENTREPRENEUR

VETERAN SCHOLARSHIP - ANNA HEATON
FROM RUSSIA TO THE U.S. NAVY TO VENTURA

16 MARKETPLACE PROFILE - VANESSA VELAZQUEZ
FOREVER GRATEFUL TO THE VENTURA COLLEGE MARKETPLACE

18 LEGACY GIVING PROFILE - HELEN YUNKER
18 IN MEMORY OF HELEN YUNKER (1921 - 2018)

LEGACY GIVING PROFILE - GEORGE TILLQUIST
IN MEMORY OF GEORGE E. TILLQUIST (1930 - 2019)

20 ATHLETICS PROFILE - TJ FOREMAN
THE SCHOLAR ATHLETE WITH THE GOLDEN GLOVE

21 ATHLETICS PROFILE - AUDREY CASTILLO
22 WSC NORTH DIVISION CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR KICKS HER WAY NORTH

ABOUT VCF

23 VCF 2019/2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

24 BY THE NUMBERS VC/VCF

25 VCF 2018/19 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

26 DONOR HONOR ROLL

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A MESSAGE FROM VENTURA COLLEGE PRESIDENT

KIM HOFFMANS, R.N., ED.D.

The impact of a quality education on an individual’s As a fellow crew member and donor aboard the VC
life cannot be under estimated. An education is Flagship, I hope you find tremendous fulfillment in the
essential to moving one’s life forward, discovering new work we are doing together to support VC students in
opportunities, and creating strong support for future breaking through their individual barriers to achieve
generations. their academic dreams. I am often reminded of fellow
VC Pirate Alum, Aurelio Manzanarez and his quote from
As the new President of Ventura College and as a Board our 2016/17 Gratitude Report:
Member of the Ventura College Foundation for the past
three years, I am fortunate enough to see how education No matter how difficult life seems,
transforms students’ lives on a daily basis. you can always accomplish your dreams.
Sometimes we just need a little help from
Ventura College students come from a wide range of others to help us achieve those dreams.
backgrounds. Out of 13,000 VC students:
As you dive into our annual Gratitude Report, you will
• 30% are housing insecure meet students and supporters who have positively
• 40% are the first in their family to attend college impacted Ventura College and the Foundation. Your
• 50% are food insecure support is making a difference and enables students like
• 60% survive on a household income of $36,000 or Aurelio with educational experiences that set them on a
course to lifelong success. As a precious crew member
less for a family of four on the VC Flagship, may you enjoy your voyage through
the 2018-19 Gratitude Report.
Many of our students’ paths are not easy – some are
single parents, many work multiple jobs, and a few even Many thanks,
admit to skipping meals in order to purchase textbooks.
Despite these trying barriers, over 2,000 Ventura College Dr. Kim Hoffmans
students graduate each year and over 800 transfer to a
UC or CSU annually.

As the first institution of higher education in the
Ventura County Community College District and Ventura
County, Ventura College for 94 years has been providing
affordable and high-quality education to our community.
In partnership with the VC Foundation, we embarked on
a voyage in 2007 to develop the first Promise Program in
California. In the past decade, in excess of $4 million was
awarded to over 14,000 first-year students.

Simply put, Ventura College is a Flagship. Webster
defines flagship as, “The finest, largest, or most important
one of a group of things.”

As donors, you are part of our precious crew contributing
to the success of the VC Flagship vessel. With your
generous support in partnership with the hard work of the
Ventura College Foundation crew, approximately 5,831
students were served by the Foundation’s programs.
Please take a look at page 24 of this report to grasp the
wide reach of your philanthropic gifts.

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ROB VAN NIEUWBURGA MESSAGE FROM VENTURA COLLEGE FOUNDATION BOARD CHAIR

Welcome to the Ventura College Foundation’s 2018-19 On behalf of myself, the entire Foundation Board of
Annual Gratitude Report! I wanted to take a moment to Directors and the many thousands of students who
personally thank you for all your contributions to the have benefitted from the Foundation’s ever-evolving
Ventura College Foundation. Without the invaluable and always-vital support programs, we thank you and
assistance of donors like you, the stories that are told salute you. You make everything we do possible.
throughout this Gratitude Report would be incomplete,
at best. Simply put, your time, talents, compassion Thank you,
and contributions are vital to the Foundation and its
student recipients. Rob van Nieuwburg

The themes of this year’s Gratitude Report are trust
and, naturally, gratitude. As you read the stories and
get to know the personalities we share with you here,
we believe you’ll feel the power of these guiding
principles at work. These students put their trust in both
themselves and Ventura College – especially the Ventura
College Foundation. After taking bold steps and working
hard to turn their dreams into reality, they also feel a
deep sense of gratitude for the assistance provided by
the Foundation and its donors. Your investment in them
empowers them on many levels – alleviating financial
strain, strengthening our local community, brightening
their day-to-day lives and steadily building their
confidence over time. What you do to make all of this
and more possible is not lost on them.

We want you to feel the same level of trust in all of us
here at the Foundation. We hope you are fully confident
that your donations and contributions are making a
real difference in real lives of real students here at
Ventura College.

VENTURA COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION

Dr. Kimberly Hoffmans, President Dr. Lynn Wright, Dean of English, Math, Communication,
and Learning Resources
Dr. Jennifer Kalfsbeek-Goetz, Interim Vice President
Mr. Dan Kumpf, Dean of Sciences and Distance Education
Academic Affairs Ms. Lisa Putnam, Dean of Library, Languages, Behavioral &

Dr. Damien A. Peña, Vice President Student Affairs Social Sciences
Dr. Marcelo Vazquez, Dean of Student Services
Ms. Catherine Bojorquez, Vice President Business & Dr. Jesús Vega, Assistant Dean, Ventura College East Campus
Mr. David Gardner, Interim Director of Facilities,
Administrative Services
Maintenance & Operations
Mr. Phillip Briggs, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness Mr. Grant Jones, Director of College Information

Ms. Debbie Newcomb, Dean of Career Ed. I (Business, Child Technology Services
Ms. Gabriella (Gaby) Asamsama-Acuña, Registrar
Development, Criminal Justice, Allied Health & Nursing) Ms. Alma Rodriguez, Financial Aid Officer

Ms. Felicia Dueñas, Dean of Career Ed. II (Technology,

Workplace Essentials)

Dr. Tim Harrison, Dean for Health, Kinesiology, Athletics,

Visual & Performing Arts

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CHRISTINA MONTROSE
OVERCOMING GRIEF TO ASSIST OTHERS IN NEED

Christina Montrose has overcome many challenges in her “I want them to know that no matter how old you are,
life. She grew up in a household with an alcoholic father you’re never too old to accomplish your goals,” explains
who insisted college was a waste of time and money. Christina, who also works part time and devotes time and
energy to school PTA, Ventura Adult Center and Girl Scout
Even though she was enrolled in honors classes and edited Leader duties. “There are days when we all want me to
the yearbook at Bellingham High School in Washington, quit so that I can focus my full energy on them instead
Christina chose not to attend college after graduation. She of studying, but we have all agreed that education is
briefly attended Northern Arizona University in her 20s, but important, as is following through on your commitments.”
quit after a close friend took his life.
Seven years have passed since Don’s untimely death, and
After marrying her husband Don, they both decided they today, Christina views her education as “an integral part
would go back to school – with Christina waiting until their of us rebuilding our lives together.” Equally important
children were in elementary school. Don earned his degree has been the San Buenaventura Women’s Club and Stan
but tragically died from heart failure at the age of 37 in Weisel Phoenix Scholarships she received from the Ventura
2012. At the time, their daughter Dominique was just four College Foundation.
years old and son Dante was only one.
“I intend to finish my degree and show my children that
Her heart shattered and the young family’s income cut by 75 hard work will always pay off, no matter what your age,”
percent, Christina gave every ounce of the energy she could says Christina. “My children see how hard I work and know
summon to parenting two grieving young children. She also that a college education is a path to a better life.”
decided to downsize and cut expenses to make ends meet.
On track to graduate in the spring of 2020, Christina
“Over the last seven years, we’ve traded possessions for plans to then launch a non-profit organization that helps
experiences and I’ve tried to show my children how to live teenagers and young adults who are grieving the loss of a
life to the fullest potential possible,” explains Christina. family member.
“We don’t have a large house or a fancy car, but we have
traveled, lived and learned together, always trying to find “Widows from my community post that most teenagers and
joy through our pain.” young adults often have to grieve alone, which increases
their vulnerability and reduces their resilience,” says
One day, while Dominique and Dante were both at school, Christina. “I’m inspired to start a not-for-profit organization
Christina decided it was time for her to ardently pursue capable of supporting bereaved teenagers and young
her college degree. If nothing else, she wanted to serve as adults through group sessions, online therapy options and
a strong example for her beloved children. She enrolled at Outward Bound-style travel opportunities that focus on
Ventura College with an eye towards earning a business grief and healing.”
administration degree – with a focus on non-profit
organization management. Christina knows none of this would be possible without the
assistance of the Ventura College Foundation’s programs,
scholarships and donors.

“The Foundation scholarships that I receive allow me to
focus on school and my children without having to worry
so much about work in that mix as well,” explains Christina.
“I’m able to pursue my education and still enjoy time with
my children thanks to the Foundation. The flexibility of
online classes, flexible schedules, the scholarship financial
assistance – it has all allowed me to keep being a mom as
my main priority.”

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PHOENIX
SCHOLARSHIP

MY CHILDREN SEE HOW HARD
I WORK AND KNOW THAT A

COLLEGE EDUCATION

BETTERIS A PATH TO A LIFE.

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EDWARD RAMIREZ VC PROMISE
FOREVER DRIVEN BY THE POWER OF EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT

Growing up in Santa Paula, Edward Ramirez recalls his Edward also got to meet the donors
parents always emphasizing the power of education. of his various scholarship awards: Jim
McGee and Norma and Israel Magaña. In
“My mother and father were never able to attend college addition, Edward received the Paul and
and wanted my siblings and I to take advantage of the Bessie Carter Nursing Scholarship.
opportunities available to us,” recalls the now 23-year-old
Edward. “I was inspired to hear their reasons
behind creating the scholarships,
After graduating from Santa Paula High School, Edward honoring loved ones who are no longer
enrolled at Ventura College, where his sister was already here with us,” says Edward.
enrolled in the school’s nursing program. She initially told
him about the Ventura College Promise, the Foundation’s Edward doesn’t take that honor lightly and understands just how
program that waives tuition fees for qualified first-year impactful the scholarships have been to his life and education.
community college students.
“I had been trying to work and go to school and these
“I was pretty excited. Even before I graduated high school, scholarships were the difference between being able to sleep
I knew I wanted to be a nurse,” says Edward. “I knew at night before an exam or needing to use those hours to
I wanted to help people, and following in my sister’s study,” explains Edward.
footsteps felt like the right fit.”
Edward is currently in his last semester at Ventura College.
During his first semester of nursing school, Edward found After graduation, he plans to earn his bachelor’s degree
out about the Ventura College Foundation’s scholarships and then commission into the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.
from his VC School of Nursing & Allied Health professor, From there, he hopes to continue his education all the way
Theresa Winter, MSN, RN and RNC. He applied and was through to a master’s degree. His end goal is to work as a
thrilled to learn of his acceptance and award. nurse practitioner.

“When I found out I was awarded, I felt elated,” recalls He realizes he has been empowered by the Ventura College
Edward. “I usually fall in that weird middle class, where my Foundation and its many invaluable and influential programs
parents can’t write me a blank check, but I’m also usually and donors.
disqualified from financial aid.”
“I’ve had many sleepless nights, but I would have had
countless more if I would not have had the help from the
scholarships – and the kind and generous hearts behind
them. I believe that knowledge is power and I’m especially
eager to learn. Every day I hope to show my parents that I
will never waste these opportunities.”

I KNEW I

WANTED

TO HELP PEOPLE...

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DAISY CASTILLO TEXTBOOK SUPPORT
ASSOCIATED STUDENTS PRESIDENT– AT AGE 19 SPOTLIGHT

Daisy Castillo has held a lot of responsibilities in just 19 maximize the probability that a student
years. A first-generation college student at Ventura College, will enter and complete transfer-level
Daisy grew up in a low-income, single-parent household in coursework in English and math within a
Santa Paula. In fact, she still helps her mother raise her two one-year time frame.
younger brothers.
“Without the amazing services the
After graduating from Santa Paula High School, Daisy Foundation and the rest of the campus
enrolled at Ventura College but was unsure about what she provided me with from the second I
wanted to major in. She also had serious doubts about being stepped foot on this campus, I wouldn’t
able to afford college. have time to be so involved in student
life. I am so grateful for the Foundation
Thankfully, Daisy learned about the David P. Bianco Textbook and its donors.”
Lending Library and was awarded the Ventura College Promise.
After earning her AA degree in
“It really saved my life,” remembers Daisy. “Because it meant communications studies at Ventura
I wouldn’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on textbooks, College, she plans to transfer to the
and instead can help my mom buy groceries or use my University of California, Santa Barbara.
money towards gas to get to and from school.” “After UCSB I want to go to grad school,”
explains Daisy. “I ultimately want to work
Daisy immediately immersed herself in student life at as a student affairs professional at a community college.
Ventura College, becoming involved with First Year I want to help change students’ lives, just like everyone at
Experience (FYE) and Extended Opportunities Programs and Ventura College did for me.”
Services (EOPS) on campus. She also became involved with
the Associated Students of Ventura College. I AM SO

“The Ventura College Promise was a huge contributing GRATEFUL
factor when it came to me being able to afford attending FOR THE
Ventura College,” explains Daisy. “Without it, I don’t know FOUNDATION...
how I would have paid for college.”

Now in her third semester, Daisy says her second year on
campus “has been a breeze” thanks to the Foundation and
its many helpful programs.

“I know the Foundation has me covered with free textbooks,
EOPS has me covered for the books I was unable to get at
the Lending Library, and the Foundation also provided me
with the Don and Sandy Greenberg Scholarship to cover the
cost of school supplies.”

Daisy has been so inspired by the support she’s received that
she decided to serve as the Associated Students of Ventura
College President, where she advocates on behalf of the
student population on vital topics surrounding an Early Alert
System – designed to provide extra support to students who
are falling behind academically and new legislation such as
AB 705, a law that requires California community colleges to

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ERICK PINA
TRANSCENDING ADDICTION TO RISE TO THE DEAN’S LIST

Erick Pina doesn’t have to think back too long ago to While also working two jobs, Erick returned to school
remember his darkest days. by enrolling at Ventura College. He struggled at first, but
eventually earned A’s in class, which he admits brought him
“Just a few years ago, I had no direction and felt like I had “tears of joy.”
no purpose,” remembers Erick.
Now, the 31-year-old recovering addict, Sociology major
Things have changed a lot in a short amount of time. That’s and doting single father is a passionate student who’s
a testament to the power of education – along with Erick’s flirting with a 4.0 GPA and on track to graduate from
ability and drive. Ventura College in the Spring of 2020. He’s even found
a spot on the Dean’s List and is also deeply involved in
“Now my life is significant because education has Ventura College Circle Kiwanis International Club.
given it meaning,” says Erick. “Going back to school has
reconstructed my whole life and helped me become a more Erick is grateful for everything Ventura College has meant
determined and successful student.” to his dramatic turnaround. In addition to receiving Heizer
Family Phoenix Scholarship funding through the Ventura
Before rediscovering education and meaning in his life, College Foundation, he has never shied away from utilizing
Erick spent a lot of time adrift and depressed. Addiction the college’s various facilities and resources.
gripped him at times. He wasn’t sure what to do or where
to turn. “Despite my challenges, I learned to overcome them by
using resources available to me here,” says Erick. “Resources
“During my 13 years of drug addiction, I lost nearly like the Stan Weisel Tutoring Center have been extremely
everything, including my daughter,” recalls Erick. “My life beneficial to my academic success.”
was out of control, but I was given one last chance to
redeem myself and seek recovery.” Erick became so familiar with those resources that he
decided to serve as a Ventura College Foundation Student
Erick seized that chance, and aggressively pursued a series Ambassador and peer leader for the First Year Experience
of life-changing goals. (FYE) program.

“In December of 2016, I decided to stop doing drugs. I “I’m able to help students come to campus, help them
had finally had enough of the cycle of addiction that I with the resources that we have, and show them what’s
had created. So I created goals for myself to complete available to help them be successful,” explains Erick about
within four months. My top priorities were to return to my his peer leader role. “I also lead campus tours and just let
daughter’s life and get back in college.” them know we’re here for them if they need us. If they
ever need someone to talk to, or to answer any questions
they may have, we’re here to help them become successful
on campus.”

Erick looks forward to giving back and “paying it forward”
down the line. His next educational and career step is to
enroll in a UC system school (and later law school) and
become a paralegal or lawyer – with a focus on assisting in
the welfare of children and families.

“As one who has experienced both sides of the court
system, I’m determined to be a positive influence in my
community and help those who need it the most,” explains
Erick. “Because of my daughter, my career goal is to work

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TO ME IT’S PHOENIX
MEANT A S CHOL ARSHIP

WHOLE

NEW LIFE

in a court of law where I can use my skills and knowledge “To me it has meant a whole new life,” says Erick. “A
to defend children undergoing abuse, violence and neglect. whole new way of seeing life through a different lens. It’s
One day, I plan to give back to my community and make an completely changed who I am. My family sees me as a
impact in the lives of those around me with the knowledge different person. Anyone who sees me who knew me in the
I’m gaining now.” past is very proud of me now.”

He’s forever grateful for the opportunities, assistance
and connections he received from the Ventura College
Foundation.

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JINGYING OOI
FROM PENANG, MALAYSIA TO VENTURA COLLEGE SCHOLAR

When Jingying Ooi first started studying at Ventura Jinnie was also motivated to apply for a Ventura College
College, she wasn’t very confident in her English skills. As a Foundation Scholarship after learning about the opportunity
result, the native Mandarin speaker recalls she was “afraid through an on-campus event. Like many American students,
to approach people.” she faces economic and time-management challenges while
working and attending college.
Things sure have changed in a short amount of time.
Unlike most students here, however, she previously
Today, the 20-year-old girl from Malaysia, is known as attended Penang Chinese Girls’ Private High School and
“Jinnie” to friends at Ventura College, holds a 4.0 GPA and was motivated to move 9,000 miles from an island in
received the Frank Nolan Memorial Scholarship this past Malaysia to the United States after hearing a speech by
spring from the Ventura College Foundation. On track to then-President Barack Obama commemorating the 50th
graduate in spring 2020, she also works 20 hours a week as anniversary of the March to Montgomery, Alabama.
a math tutor and on-campus Health Department assistant
and is involved in the Ventura County American Chinese “I decided at that moment I wanted to find a way to obtain
Association and Females in STEM (Science, Technology, an education in the United States and learn more about
Engineering and Math) Club. the American way of life,” remembers Jinnie, who grew
up assisting her family’s own company. “I decided to stop
“Studying abroad is not easy at all,” says the affable and dreaming and run towards my goal.”
kind Jinnie. “However, I never gave up on learning English.
I started to receive compliments from professors and Jinnie’s ultimate goal is to become a certified financial
friends, which motivates me to speak more and never planner, so she can assist other small business owners
stop learning.” and individuals here in her adopted home. She has also
dreamed about working as an economist at NASDAQ
or building on her tutoring skills to become a math and
economics professor.

The next step in Jinnie’s ambitious and inspiring plan
involves graduating from Ventura College and continuing
her education at UCLA, where she hopes to pursue
bachelor’s degrees in math and economics. Her scholarship,
the Frank Nolan Memorial Scholarship, is helping make that
plan possible.

“I could not be doing this without the opportunities
provided by the Ventura College Foundation,” says Jinnie.
“The Foundation’s scholarships help us afford higher
education, and give us a chance to really pursue our dreams
and goals.”

To demonstrate her gratitude, Jinnie is also serving as a
Ventura College Foundation Student Ambassador. Much
like her involvement in her adopted community, this new
role is serving her well on many levels.

“I am very thankful and proud to be a student at Ventura
College,” says Jinnie. “Being a beneficiary of the scholarship,
I know that I have to pay back something. Being part of the

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SCHOL ARSHIP
SPOTLIGHT

Student Ambassador program, I get to enrich my college I DECIDED TO STOP
experience and improve my self-confidence.” DREAMING AND

Jinnie is grateful that she followed her dream and decided RUN TOWARDS
to come to the United States – and Ventura College. MY
GOAL
“I’ve learned quite a bit about life since starting school
here,” she explains. “Everything is possible if you never
give up.”

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ELIJAH WALKER STEM
EVER-EVOLVING SPACE ENTREPRENEUR SCHOLARSHIP

Elijah Walker knows exactly what he wants to do. Where Santa Barbara’s ESTEEM (Enhancing
he wants to go. And who he wants to take with him. You Success in Transfer Education for En-
might say his dreams and goals are pretty far out. gineering Majors) scholarship through
the Ventura College Foundation, and
“Space entrepreneur,” explains the 25-year-old New York ended up earning one for himself.
City native and Ventura College electrical engineering
student. “Asteroid mining and space vacations.” “I’ve met amazing people,” says Elijah.
“The Veteran’s Resource Center is filled
The way Elijah sees it, we only have so much time here with a lot of veterans who know the
on this Earth. So why not dream, live, and create big – system, and there’s a lot of faculty who
and maybe even extend those aspirations far, far outside are veterans also. So they help a lot.
of Earth? I’m learning and enjoying myself here
every day.”
“Life is super quick,” says Elijah, whose father passed away
when Elijah was just 13. “That’s why I want to strive for Elijah also understands the vital role played by the
something great. There’s no reason people can’t have Foundation and its personnel, programs, and donors. “I’m
vacations on the moon. The technology exists. It’s just not grateful for the Foundation,” says Elijah. “There’s a huge
been fully researched or applied…yet. I want to bring all financial burden lifted off of me now, so I can focus, learn
the pieces together to manifest a better future.” and excel. I’m very thankful to the Foundation for that.
They give me all the opportunities that I need to be a
When Elijah ends up making it out there and up there, successful student.”
Ventura College and the Ventura College Foundation will
get big-time assists. After serving as an enlisted sailor in Elijah plans on earning his associate’s degree and then
the United States Navy from ages 18 to 24, Elijah left his transferring to a four-year university to complete his
final post at Naval Air Station Point Mugu and decided to electrical engineering degree. Then, he’s ready to launch
stick around the area. Just as he had researched his way his second business – really launch it.
out of New York and into the Navy’s aviation technician
program, the ambitious young entrepreneur (he already “I heard a good quote yesterday,” explains Elijah. “‘Be careful
has his own creative production company) discovered that what we call impossible.’ My ultimate goal is to get into the
Ventura College would be the ideal landing place for the space industry. Tesla and Halliburton are already working in
next step in his ongoing evolution. this direction. I’d like to be on the forefront of that.”

Elijah settled into his new home in Oxnard, enrolled at
Ventura College and soon landed on the Dean’s List with
a perfect 4.0 during his first year. During this time, Elijah
learned about the National Science Foundation and UC

I’M LEARNING AND

ENJOYING
MYSELF HERE
EVERY DAY

14 STEM SCHOLARSHIP


ANNA HEATON VETERAN
FROM RUSSIA TO THE U.S. NAVY TO VENTURA SCHOLARSHIP

Anna Heaton came to the United States from Russia at the work as a VC Foundation Student
tender age of five. When she entered kindergarten, she Ambassador even more rewarding.
didn’t speak a single word of English.
“Without the Foundation’s scholarships,
At home, things weren’t much easier for Anna. She describes I’d be in a mental state of distress,” says
her parents’ marriage as “toxic,” and eventually her father Anna. “They really allow me to focus
left Anna and her mother with just $10 to their names. on my studies and life as a student. If I
didn’t have scholarships right now, I also
Anna remembers this vividly. She also remembers thinking don’t think I’d be able to afford going to
she never wanted anyone to ever have that kind of power medical school later on. I love spreading
over her and her life again. the word about the Foundation’s
resources to my peers.”
Motivated to pursue a higher education and strengthen her
mind, body and soul, Anna joined the United States Navy Anna is also deeply thankful for the
at just 19 years old. “It was a great stepping stone for me,” donors who make the scholarships and programs of the
remembers Anna. “I traveled the world, found a purpose Ventura College Foundation possible. “The opportunity
and drive that I’d never had and met the love of my life.” that they give me to pursue my education just makes me
want to work that much harder and reach all the goals
Anna’s husband Cody was transferred to Naval Air Station I set for myself. My journey is going to be very long, so
Point Mugu – and Anna soon discovered Ventura College. to have people be there for me like this really means
In the fall of 2017, Anna decided to enroll and pursue everything to me.”
her dream of becoming a surgeon. While studying in the
library one day, she learned about the Ventura College A REMINDER
Foundation’s scholarship program and decided to apply. THAT PEOPLE

“When I found out I was awarded the Associated Students CARE AND
of Ventura College Scholarship, the Luskin Phoenix WANT ME TO
Scholarship, and the McNeely Family Scholarship, it felt
incredible,” remembers Anna. “It was a reminder of my SUCCEED
purpose, that people care and want me to succeed.”

Anna has immersed herself into the Ventura College
community over the past few years. In addition to her
work as a tutor, she founded the Females in STEM Club,
volunteered as a mentor for the Amgen Biotech Program,
and serves as a Ventura College Foundation Student
Ambassador.

As busy as she is, Anna maintains a 4.0 GPA and is on
track to graduate in Spring 2020. After that, she hopes
to transfer to UC Davis, which is highly regarded for
its woman-focused STEM programs. She would like to
continue her education until earning a M.D./PhD – then
working as a surgeon.

Anna says her scholarships through the Ventura College
Foundation has made it all possible, which makes her

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VANESSA VELAZQUEZ
FOREVER GRATEFUL TO THE VENTURA COLLEGE MARKETPLACE

Vanessa Velazquez feels she owes a lot to Ventura College “My parents have been my biggest supporters,” says
– as well as the Ventura College Foundation’s Weekend Vanessa. “They’ve been there for me through smiles and
Marketplace. tears. Every time I fall back, they’re always there to hold me
back up so I can stand on my own two feet.”
After graduating from Santa Paula High School, Vanessa
began working as the Marketplace Assistant for the Now 20 years old, Vanessa has done a fantastic job of
Ventura College Foundation’s Weekend Marketplace, that on her own, earning her associate degree in sociology
which provides the people of Ventura with local crafts, while graduating with honors from Ventura College.
produce and goods every weekend while also helping fund She’s currently a junior at Channel Islands University and
the Foundation’s overhead and student support programs extremely excited about her ultimate life goal of teaching
– and therefore, students like Vanessa. high school in the community she proudly calls home. That
fire was lit in full during a Ventura College class taught by
While on the job, Vanessa received the boost in experience Professor Lauri Moore.
and confidence that comes with working closely with
hundreds of vendors. She also learned about the many “I was enrolled in other classes, but nothing made my heart
helpful programs and grants offered by the Foundation, happier than being in a classroom and seeing Professor
thanks to her supervisor, Esmeralda Juarez. Lauri Moore talk about sociology,” recalls Vanessa. “When
I enrolled and finished my first sociology class, I began to
Thanks to the Ventura College Promise and Dr. Joyce unwrap something that was folded in my heart, and it was
Mason Evans Annual Scholarship, Vanessa was able to helping and teaching others. Now I’m following my dream of
become a first-generation college student, making her becoming a high school teacher. I want to be able to be that
Manzanillo, Mexico-born, middle-school educated parents teacher who changes a student’s life.”
Temo and Maria extremely proud – and setting the stage
for her to give back to her own California community as While earning her sociology degree, Vanessa also took
an educator. advantage of the Foundation’s David P. Bianco Textbook
Lending Library, which allows students to check out up
to three textbooks a semester for free, and the Extended
Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) program.
She credits the EOPS program and her counselor, Kenya
Ramirez, for helping her achieve her degree and transfer in
two years.

“She guided me towards the correct path and made sure
I was receiving all the help I could get,” explains Vanessa.
“Attending Ventura College was definitely, with 100-percent
honesty, the best decision I have ever made in my life.”

Vanessa also realizes the immense and life-changing value
provided by the Ventura College Foundation donors.

“I have benefitted from the support of the donors from the
Foundation in every aspect of my life,” says Vanessa. “They
have made a huge contribution in keeping my place in the
education system and achieving my goals. My mom told
me to always be thankful and give thanks to anyone that
helps me. I extended my hand for help and the Foundation
was there for me. Thanks to them, I will push forward in
achieving my dreams because of their saying, ‘Your dreams.
Our mission.’ I love Ventura College!”

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MARKETPLACE
PROFILE

NOW I’M FOLLOWING MY

DREAM OF BECOMING A
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER

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HELEN YUNKER
IN MEMORY OF HELEN YUNKER (1921 - 2018)

Helen Mathilda Yunker arrived in 1948 in California, from Over almost three decades, Helen donated more than

Chicago, where she was born in 1921. After 10-years $945,000, to the Ventura College Foundation. Upon her

in direct sales, Helen fulfilled her dream of living at the passing, the Foundation received a $2 million donation

seashore when she moved to Ventura’s Pierpont Bay area from the Helen Yunker estate. Honoring Helen’s request, the

in 1958. As a retired realtor in 1971, she founded Helen donation will establish endowments for the Ventura College

Yunker Realty. Music Department and the Opera and Musical Theatre

Her 60 years in Ventura were of ongoing community program. The gift will be split evenly between the two.

engagement. She has been recognized over the years for Helen took a special interest in the Ventura College Opera

her many contributions, by numerous service organizations Workshop for many years and was known to do a little

in the areas of education, medical, civic, youth, theater, and singing and dancing of her own. The Ventura County Ballet,

arts. Helen’s recognition and contributions over the years accompanied by the Ventura College Symphony Orchestra,

are too many to list. paid tribute to Helen at The Nutcracker performances held in

Helen joined the Ventura College Foundation Board of December at Ventura College in the Helen Yunker Auditorium.
Directors in 2000. Last May, the Foundation Board of For eight years and well into her 90s, Yunker had a cameo role
Directors honored her service and leadership by naming as the maid at the beginning of the yearly production.

her as a Board Emeritus Member. Helen awarded multiple Helen’s generosity will enable students who share her passion

scholarships over the years and created one endowed for music and theatre to express themselves and thrive in a

scholarship, the Helen Yunker Music Scholarship that will creative setting. Helen’s legacy will live on in our art, heritage,

continue to impact Ventura College students in perpetuity. and culture at Ventura College and in the community.

GEORGE TILLQUIST
IN MEMORY OF GEORGE E. TILLQUIST (1930 - 2019)

George E. Tillquist was born and raised in Illinois. He County Community Foundation, California Care Safety-Net
received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern Funds, FOOD Share, Elderhostel, AARP, American Red Cross
University and is a graduate of the Stanford University and others.
Graduate School of Business. George retired from Atlantic
Richfield Company (ARCO, now BP) after 35 years. George joined the Ventura College Foundation Board of
Directors in 2004 and was instrumental in the creation and
George and his wife Eleanor moved to Ventura in 1986 implementation of programs and numerous resources for
and immediately became involved in 31-plus years of civic students during his 14 years of board service. George was
and community service. Known for their generosity of both made a Board Member Emeritus in 2018.
time and financial support, George was known to be a quiet
force for good in our county. George and Eleanor’s dedication to the mission of the VC
Foundation has made a tremendous impact on the lives
George’s volunteer civic activities ranged from serving of students at Ventura College over the years. In addition
as Chair of the Library Advisory Commission, on the to their service, the Tillquist’s have awarded multiple
Community Partnerships: Grants Evaluation Team and on scholarships and created two endowed scholarships (one
the Seize the Future Citizens Outreach Committee for the was a birthday gift to Eleanor) that will continue to impact
City of San Buenaventura. In addition, he served on the First Ventura College students into perpetuity.
5 Children and Families First Commission of Ventura County
Administration and Finance Committee. He has worked with It has been said of George, “His reliability, consistency,
United Way, FEMA, VC Homeless and Housing Coalition, CA integrity, and generous nature make George one of
Emergency Housing and Assistance Program, the Ventura Ventura County’s greatest, albeit unsung, heroes... always
with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face.”

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LEGACY GIVING
PROFILES

IF YOU DREAM ABOUT MAKING A DIFFERENCE, A PLANNED GIFT CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Innovative and tax-wise, a planned gift can provide financial Society (GMLS). GMLS membership is one way the Ventura
security for you and your family, establish a lasting personal College Foundation is able to thank you during your lifetime
legacy, and make a difference in the lives of future Ventura for your planned gift.
College students.
Contact Gerry Pantoja, Director of Major and Planned
Talk to your financial or legal advisor to learn which assets Giving at the Ventura College Foundation at 805-289-6158
will or will not trigger taxable income when paid to a or e-mail: [email protected] for further information. If
beneficiary. Donors of planned gifts to the Ventura College you name the Foundation in your plans, please list Ventura
Foundation are members of the George McNeely Legacy College Foundation, Federal Tax ID: #77-0037747.

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TJ FOREMAN ATHLETICS
THE SCHOLAR ATHLETE WITH THE GOLDEN GLOVE PROFILE

(VENTURA COLLEGE 2019 MALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR)

TJ Foreman found tremendous success at Ventura College. After earning his general studies
Both on the baseball diamond and inside the classroom. degree, he moved on to Austin Peay
You might even say he was Golden. State University, where he is majoring
in leadership and organizational
“At Ventura College, I really learned how to manage my administration and competing in
time,” says the 20-year-old Camarillo native. “To stay on top Division I baseball.
of work and make sure I didn’t fall behind on anything. I had
great teachers and a great support system and was able to TJ’s heart still resides in the Ventura
develop some really good relationships there.” area and he hopes to return home to pursue a career in
academic leadership once his baseball career comes to a
TJ excelled in baseball at Moorpark High, but the gritty close. He hasn’t ruled out pursuing professional ball, but
outfielder graduated weighing only around 145 pounds. he’s wisely planning for a life that extends well beyond
Now six feet tall and a chiseled 175 pounds, TJ has truly the diamond.
come into his own. He hit a blistering .380 with 29 RBI,
44 runs and 30 stolen bases in 43 games during the “I’d love to play pro baseball,” says TJ. “I’m doing everything
2019 baseball season, helping propel the Western State in my power to make it happen. But I want to come back
Conference-champion Pirates to a 26-17 record, including and get a Master’s – I’m on the fence between becoming a
13-7 in conference play. TJ led the Pirates in batting school teacher or a school administrator.”
average thanks to his team-high 70 hits, and his 30 stolen
bases not only led the team, but set a single-season school One thing’s for sure: TJ is forever grateful for his time at
record. TJ was equally outstanding in the field, notching a Ventura College. And he certainly left his own mark on the
perfect fielding percentage and earning a Gold Glove Award school, too.
for his stellar centerfield play.
You might call it a win-win.
In the classroom, TJ was equally impressive, sliding safely
onto the Dean’s List thanks to a perfect 4.0 GPA as a
General Studies major. TJ’s performance in the classroom
also helped his team earn an overall GPA of 3.24 and an
Baseball Coaches Association Team Academic Excellence
Award for the second straight season. One of three athletes
to record a 4.0, TJ’s overall accomplishments also earned
him the distinguished honor of being named Ventura
College 2019 Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.

“That was pretty cool,” says TJ. “I was very fortunate and
honored to be a part of that.” TJ also felt grateful to be part
of what he calls a “really diverse” team during his two-year
stint as a scholar-athlete at Ventura College.

“Baseball at Ventura College turned out to be the best
experience I ever had, meeting a bunch of guys from all
across the United States,” explains TJ. “We had guys from
Arizona, the east coast, even Australia. We finished as one
of the better teams to ever come through Ventura College.
To be able to take all of that in, I’m very grateful for the
opportunity.”

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AUDREY CASTILLO ATHLETICS
WSC NORTH DIVISION CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR PROFILE
KICKS HER WAY NORTH

Audrey Castillo is on quite a run. in just 44 games as a Pirate. She models
her game and attitude on confident and
The 19-year-old Oxnard native turned in a sensational prolific U.S. Women’s National Team
sophomore soccer season at Ventura College, leading star Alex Morgan and plays with an
the Pirates to a 10-7-5 record – including the program’s edge that belies her 5-foot-3 stature.
landmark 350th victory – and a berth in the CCCAA Twice a first-team All-WSC selection,
(California Community College Athletic Association) Audrey has the attitude, skill set and
Southern California Regional Playoffs. experience needed to transfer her
success to Division I competition.
A versatile and talented midfielder and forward, Audrey led
both her team and the entire Western State Conference “I think my best asset is that I love to take players on and
(WSC) with 35 points in conference play, scoring 13 goals go to goal,” says Audrey. “I’m aware I’m not the biggest
and notching nine assists as the Pirates went 8-1-1 in 10 player on the field, but that doesn’t stop me from playing
WSC games. Audrey’s standout scoring and strong overall aggressively. That goal-driven mentality is really what gave
play earned her WSC North Division Co-Player of the Year me an edge at Ventura College.”
honors from the conference coaches. After finishing with
55 points on 22 goals and 11 assists in 22 total games, Audrey doesn’t hesitate to explain that the foundation
Audrey became just the 11th player in the VC Pirates Soccer for her success was laid at Ventura College. She received
Team’s 23-year history to earn the top WSC North Division assistance to fund her education via the Ventura College
individual accolade. Promise and the California College Promise Grant. On the
field, her coaches and teammates inspired and pushed her
“That was the best soccer season of my whole soccer career to perform to the best of her abilities.
because I put in the work every single day and didn’t put
any limits on myself,” explains Audrey. “As far as my journey at Ventura College, I wouldn’t change
a minute of it,” says Audrey. “I think what really made me
Audrey’s strong showing at Ventura College also served play to my full potential is that my teammates and coaches
to propel her to the next level in her budding career. After genuinely believed in me. I’m so grateful to have received a
graduating with an associate’s degree in the Arts, the great college education without having to pay for two years.”
former Pacifica High star signed a national letter of intent
to continue her athletic and academic pursuits at Eastern
Washington University in Cheney, Washington. The Eagles
compete in the Big Sky conference in (National Collegiate
Athletic Association) NCAA Division I.

Audrey’s powerful performance played the primary role in
reaching the next level in her career and life. But to hear
her tell it, a crucial assist goes to coach Steve Hoffman.
“I remember in the beginning of my sophomore season, I
was unsure about my future in soccer,” recalls Audrey. “But
Coach Hoffman had told me that if I keep working hard that
I would make it to a Division I program. That really flipped a
switch in my head to accomplish this goal.”

Goals certainly have become familiar to Audrey. She leaves
Ventura College and flies off to join the Eagles having
netted 30 goals and tallied 14 assists for 74 career points

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ABOUT VCF

FACILITATING STUDENT SUCCESS

The Ventura College Foundation provides financial support to the students and the programs of Ventura College.
Through this support, the Ventura College Foundation assists the College in facilitating student success and
grows the impact and legacy of Ventura College as a vital community asset. Established in 1983, the Foundation
is one of the most successful community college foundations in California, having raised more than $39.6 million
dollars for the Ventura College and its students.

VCF PROGRAMS

VENTURA COLLEGE PROMISE
GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS
DAVID P. BIANCO TEXTBOOK LENDING & RESERVE LIBRARY
PHOENIX SCHOLARSHIPS
COMMUNITY CAMPUS TOURS
FOSTER YOUTH SUPPORT
WEEKEND MARKETPLACE
VENTURA COLLEGE CAMPUS PROGRAMS SUPPORT

4667 TELEGRAPH RD. ANNE PAUL KING
VENTURA, CA 93003
VENTURACOLLEGEFOUNDATION.ORG Executive Director
805-289-6461 805.289.6160
[email protected]
 VCFoundation
 VC_Foundation The Ventura College Foundation is seeking individuals,
 vcfoundation corporations and foundations who wish to invest in

 ventura-college-foundation education. By improving education, together we can enhance
the quality of life and commerce in our community.
YOU CAN TEXT TO GIVE:
Text: VCGiving
To: 41444

22 ABOUT VCF


BOARD OF DIRECTORS VCF 2019/20

ROB VAN NIEUWBURG RUTH HEMMING, ED.D NICOLE KREUTZ MICHAEL MONTOYA KEITH BARNARD ROBERT BEILIN,
BOARD CHAIR VICE CHAIR TREASURER SECRETARY PH.D, MFT

CATHERINE BOJORQUEZ J. BOOMER BUTLER, DAISY CASTILLO AMY CHEROT KEN COLLIN NURIS DANTE
C.P.A. ASVC PRESIDENT

ELLYN DEMBOWSKI ABRA FLORES KIM HOFFMANS, ED.D ANNE PAUL KING STEPHEN KIPP MATT LAVERE, ESQ.

KRISTEN OCKERT MICHAEL ORMAN DONNA SANTO, ESQ. ELEANOR TILLQUIST PATRICIA WENDT HARALD WULFF

BOARD EMERITUS: FOUNDATION STAFF:

DAVID BIANCO Ɨ ANNE PAUL KING | Executive Director
DAVID PUGH Ɨ GERRY PANTOJA | Director of Major and Planned Giving
RICHARD TAYLOR, ESQ. JAIMEE GALVAN | Programs and Events Manager
LUCIA TEBBE Ɨ JULIE HARVEY | Development Manager
GEORGE TILLQUIST Ɨ ESMERALDA JUAREZ | Marketplace Supervisor
HON. COLLEEN TOY WHITE SUSAN O’CONNELL | Administration & Operations Manager
JOHN WOOLLEY, ED.D CYNDIE WHITLEY | Finance Manager
HELEN YUNKER Ɨ STEPHANIE MONTENEGRO | Development & Events Specialist
Ɨ Deceased EVELYN WEMBAKPETE | Development Database Assistant

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BY THE NUMBERS VENTURA COLLEGE

DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES AWARDED

Associate Degrees 1,698

Associate Degree for Transfer 656 TOTAL TOTAL
DEGREES CERTIFICATES
60% 14% 6% 16% 4% Certificate of Achievement 588
2,354 1,574

STUDENT STATUS Transfer Certificate 986

Continuing Student 60% TOTAL 3,928
Returning Student 14%
High School Student STUDENT GENDER 56%
Advanced Placement 6% Female 43%
First-Time Student Male
First-Time Transfer 16% Unreported 1%
4%

STUDENT ETHNICITY .8% ENROLLMENT STATISTICS
.3% 2%

Hispanic 61% 4% 13,564
White 27% 5%

Asian/Pacific Islander 5% STUDENT COUNT 25
AVERAGE AGE
Multiple 4% 61%
27%

Black 2%

Other .8% FINANCIAL AID / BUDGET

Native American .3% 2018-19 Financial Aid
Total Received
Accreditation: Ventura College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission $26.3 Million
for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Ventura College 2018-19 $51,823,157
Colleges, 10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, 415-506-0234, Total Budget
an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education
Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

BY THE NUMBERS VCF NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED

FOUNDATION PROGRAM 1,183 (40% increase over previous year!)

VC Promise Programs (1st Year Paid) 240 out of 328 Applicants
463 (23 New Scholarships)
SCHOLARSHIPS
1,565
Scholarship Students Awarded 2,843
Total Number of Scholarships Awarded 5,831

TEXTBOOK SUPPORT

Semester Lending Library
Reserve Library
TOTAL VCF 18/19 STUDENTS SERVED

VC CAMPUS PROGRAM SUPPORT FACILITATED BY VCF Support Amount
$2,250,966
VC Campus Programs Supported
39

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VCF 2018/19 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019 $4,987,815 VCCCD BOARD OF TRUSTEES
REVENUES $2,433,991
OPERATING EXPENSES $26,035,256 Ms. Dianne McKay, Chair
NET ASSETS Mr. Larry Kennedy, Vice Chair
1% Mr. Josh Chancer, Trustee
18% Mr. Bernardo M. Perez, Trustee
4% Ms. Gabriela Torres, Trustee

Ms. Jessica Martinez, Student Trustee

VCCCD ADMINISTRATION

20% Dr. Greg Gillespie, Chancellor
Dr. David El Fattal, Vice Chancellor,

Business & Administrative Services
Dr. Lawrence Buckley, Interim Vice Chancellor,

Institutional Effectiveness
Mr. Jim Dembowski, Interim Vice Chancellor,

Human Resources
Mr. Dan Watkins, Associate Vice Chancellor,

Information Technology

57% VCCCD

2018-19 REVENUES $4,987,815 Moorpark College
Private Cash Contributions $2,855,312 Oxnard College
Marketplace Vendor Income $1,009,125 Ventura College
Investment Income $866,262
Gifts-In-Kind $191,312 District Administrative Offices
Other Income $65,804 761 E. Daily Drive, Suite 200
Camarillo, CA 93010
6% 805.652.5500
vcccd.edu
13%
Ventura College, the Ventura College Foundation and
the Ventura County Community College District do not
discriminate on the basis of color, creed, religion, disability,

marital status, veteran status, national origin, race or gender.

PUBLICATION CREDITS

Editorial Support, Design & Production Concepts,
Principal Photography: Searle Creative
VC Foundation Production Support:

Jaimee Galvan, Julie Harvey, Anne Paul King,
Gerry Pantoja, & Suzie O’Connell

Special thanks to students, donors, alumni, staff and faculty
who contributed to this project.

81% The Ventura College Foundation is committed to maintaining the highest
standards in transparency, accountability and stewardship of all funds,
2018-19 OPERATING EXPENSES $2,433,991 including grants, contracts and donor-directed contributions. Our finances
Total Program Services $1,961,614 are thoroughly reviewed at regular intervals by our finance committee,
Management & General $321,780 executive committee, investment committee, audit committee, and our full
Fundraising & Development $150,597 board of directors. VCF undergoes an annual audit by an independent audit
firm specializing in nonprofit organizations, and the VCF audit committee
assesses this vendor relationship at regular intervals. All of this is to ensure
our organization’s prudent use of resources in achieving our mission to serve
Ventura College and its students.

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DONOR HONOR ROLL 2018/2019

GEORGE MCNEELY LEGACY SOCIETY Ms. Nuris E. Dante
George McNeely Legacy Society members have committed to leaving a Mrs. Ellyn Dembowski and Mr. Jim Dembowski
legacy at Ventura College through an estate gift. Kristin Ockert and Dr. Greg Gillespie
Mrs. Diana L. Gleason and Mr. Michael Gleason
Anonymous Mr. Doug Halter
Ms. Jean M. Bennett Dr. Kim D. Hoffmans and Mr. Charles A. Hoffmans
Dr. Carl E. Boggs Ms. Staci Johnson and Mr. Doug Ingram
Ms. Vella Buchanan Mr. Richard C. Jones and Mrs. Cynthia L. Jones
Mrs. Bessie M. Carter† and Mr. Paul Carter† Mrs. Elise O. Kearney and Mr. William Kearney
Mrs. Barbara Caufield Mrs. Anne King and Mr. Brewster King
Mr. Frank Cavola† Ms. Rene M. Lawler
Ms. Amy T. Cherot Mrs. June W. Lovell
Ms. Edith Conn† Ms. Mieke J. Miller
Mrs. Ellyn Dembowski and Mr. Jim Dembowski Mr. Mike Montoya
The Estate of Stephen Don Cummings Mr. James M. Newton
Dr. Joyce Evans and Mr. David Evans Mr. Alexander Olsen
Mr. Mike Ewens† and Mrs. Lydia Martinez-Collins Dr. Henry A. Oster
Mr. Garold Faber† Mrs. Deborah U. Pollack and Dr. Ronald D. Pollack
Mrs. Joyce Faber Ms. Katherine Reynolds
Mr. Jeff Ferguson and Mrs. Theresa Ferguson Ms. Diane Sabol
Ms. Abra Flores Ms. Donna C. Santo Esq.
Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Mr. Salvatore J. Saputo and Mrs. Mary E. Saputo
Mr. Donald S. Greenberg and Mrs. Sandra K. Greenberg Mr. Bill Scarpino
Heizer Foundation Mr. Edward Summers
Ms. Linda Heizer Seaman Mr. Norbert Tan and Ms. Tracy Takahashi
Dr. Ruth Hemming Mrs. Kristin W. Taylor and Mr. Richard L. Taylor, Esq.
Ms. Irene V. Henry J.D. Mr. Lester Tong and Mrs. Mae Wan Tong
Ms. Ruth O. Johnson Mr. Peter Tshing
Ms. Aurora Loss Mr. Rob van Nieuwburg
Mr. John Lupton Mr. Stephen H. Wagner
Mr. Alan Mannason† Mr. Rick Wilson
Mr. George McNeely† Mrs. Sharon Watts Woolley
Stanley J. Miller Estate Dr. John L. Woolley
Robert Milton Estate Trust
Mrs. Micheline Sakharoff† PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE
Dr. Kathleen Schrader President’s Circle members have made an investment in the mission
The Estate of Miriam Schwab† of the Ventura College Foundation through an unrestricted annual
Ms. Isabel Shepard† gift of $1,000 or more.
Ms. Talle Stanton†
Mr. Edward D. Stile and Mrs. Susan M. Stile Anonymous
Mrs. Virginia Stout Mr. Keith Barnard
Ms. Marcia Sumliner† Dr. Robert Beilin
Mr. Norbert Tan and Ms. Tracy Takahashi Dr. Damon Bell
Mr. David W. Townsend and Dr. Sheila M. Pallas Dr. Carl E. Boggs
Mr. Romain Van De Genachte† Mr. J. Boomer Butler
Mr. Sanford Weiss† Ms. Amy T. Cherot
Ms. Barbara Wise Mr. Ken S. Collin and Mrs. Doris K. Collin
Dr. John L. Woolley Dr. and Mrs. John Davidson
The Estate of Helen M. Yunker† Ms. Aurora de la Selva
Mrs. Ellyn Dembowski and Mr. Jim Dembowski
CHAIRPERSON’S CIRCLE Dr. Ruth Hemming
Chairperson’s Circle members have made an investment to the Dr. Kim D. Hoffmans and Mr. Charles Hoffmans
sustainable growth of Ventura College student support through Mr. William Kearney and Mrs. Elise O. Kearney
a multi-year gift. Mrs. Anne King and Mr. Brewster King
Mr. Matthew W. LaVere and Mrs. Alicia LaVere
Mr. Thomas Anthony and Mrs. Mary Anthony Mr. Mike Montoya
Dr. Robert Beilin Kristin Ockert and Dr. Greg Gillespie
Mrs. Kat Benscoter Mr. Michael Orman
Ms. Rodlyn Brown Ms. Donna C. Santo Esq.
Ms. Amy T. Cherot Mrs. Eleanor Tillquist
Mr. Christopher Cole Mrs. Van De Venter
Mr. Ken S. Collin and Mrs. Doris K. Collin Mr. Rob van Nieuwburg
Dr. David H. Culton and Mrs. Janet C. Culton Mrs. Patricia Wendt and Mr. Corey J. Wendt

†Deceased
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DONOR HONOR ROLL 2018/2019

FOUNDER: $25,000 & UP Kristin Ockert and Dr. Greg Gillespie
American Legion Post 339 Payden & Rygel
Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Sparagna & Sparagna
Mr. Frank Cavola† Mrs. Laura P. Suel
Edison International Mr. Peter Tshing
Gibbs Truck Centers Ventura Coastal Cubs
Mr. Kenneth Paul Schoenfeld Westlake Village Garden Club
Subaru of America
The Miriam Schwab Estate† SPONSOR: $1,000-$2,499
The Tyrone Heritage Foundation Anonymous
University of California, Santa Barbara American Medical Response
Ventura County Ballet Company Amgen Foundation
Estate of Helen M. Yunker† Mrs. Shirley A. Anderson
Keith Barnard
BENEFACTOR: $10,000-$24,999 Barnes & Noble
AMR Foundation for Research and Education Bellevue University
Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. Ms. Charlene Blalock-Carlson
Clean Power Alliance Dr. Carl E. Boggs
Mr. Christopher Cole Ms. Rodlyn Brown
Mr. Ken S. Collin and Mrs. Doris K. Collin Mrs. Marilyn P. Bundy
Dr. Joyce Evans and Mr. David Evans Mr. Boomer Butler
Julius Gius Memorial Rotary Foundation Dr. Marian Carrasco Nungaray and Mr. Marco Nungaray
Mr. John Hammer Mrs. Mary J. Coe
Mrs. Eleanor Tillquist Mr. Al Contarino† and Mrs. Freddie Contarino
Mr. Lester Tong and Mrs. Mae Wan Tong Dr. David H. Culton and Mrs. Janet C. Culton
Mr. and Mrs. Seiji Yoshioka Dance Academy USA
Dr. and Mrs. John Davidson
PATRON: $5,000-$9,999 Ms. Aurora de la Selva
Ms. Rodlyn Brown Ms. Felicia Dueñas
Ms. Nuris E. Dante Mr. James R. Dunn
Mr. Andrew Darr Mr. Steve Ehret
Mrs. Ellyn Dembowski and Mr. Jim Dembowski Gold Coast Water Polo and Aquatics
Dr. Ruth Hemming Gordon Ross Medical Foundation
Henry A Oster MD Inc Mr. Doug Halter
Mrs. Elise O. Kearney and Mr. William Kearney Ms. Julie Harvey
Limoneira Mr. Herb Hemming
Ms. Aurora Loss Dr. Charles Holmes and Mrs. Susan Holmes
Mechanics Bank (Formerly Rabobank) Ms. Mary P. Huxley
Mrs. Susan A. Nelson and Mr. Wayne Nelson Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles
Swift Memorial Healthcare Foundation Ms. Staci Johnson and Mr. Doug Ingram
The Sence Foundation Johnson & Johnson Families of Companies
Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc. Mr. Richard C. Jones and Mrs. Cynthia L. Jones
Mr. Michael Tzipori and Mrs. Brenda Tzipori Ms. Lynne Kada
Union Bank Kaiser Foundation
Mr. Rob van Nieuwburg Mr. William Kearney and Mrs. Elise O. Kearney
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Kraus
PARTNER: $2,500-$4,999 Mr. Jordan Laby
Anonymous Mr. Matthew W. LaVere and Mrs. Alicia LaVere
Mr. Thomas Anthony and Mrs. Mary Anthony Ms. Rene M. Lawler
Bank of the Sierra Mrs. June W. Lovell
Ms. Denise Baylor Lupe Lujan
Dr. Robert Beilin Mr. John Lupton
Dr. Damon Bell Drs. Bernard Luskin and Toni Luskin
California Resources Corporation Mrs. Norma Magaña and Mr. Israel Magaña
Ms. Amy T. Cherot McGraw Hill Education
Citizens Business Bank Mrs. Barbara Meister
CPR Plus CST Mrs. Loretta Merewether and Mr. Mike Merewether
Mrs. Gloria de la Rocha Mr. Jeffrey Miller and Mrs. Margie Borjon-Miller
Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Mission Produce
Dr. Kim D. Hoffmans and Mr. Charles A. Hoffmans Mrs. Terese Mosher-Beluris
HZ Main Events Mr. Vincent Mujica and Mrs. Sally Mujica
Ms. Anne Paul King and Mr. Brewster King Native Daughters of the Golden West Poinsettia Parlor #318
Mr. James McGee Mrs. Deborah Newcomb and Mr. Leonard Newcomb
Mr. Mike Montoya Mr. James M. Newton

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DONOR HONOR ROLL 2018/2019

Ojai Valley Directory ASSOCIATE: $250-$499
Mr. Michael Orman Amateur Baseball Development Group
Mr. Michael Orosco and Ms. Cinthia Orosco Lisa and Peter Anderson
Ms. Ruth A. Rink Ms. Cornelia G. Baer
Rotary Club of Ventura Mrs. Katherine Benscoter
Ms. Donna C. Santo Esq. Mrs. and Mr. Jackie Biederman
Mr. Salvatore J. Saputo and Mrs. Mary E. Saputo Ms. Janine P. Bundy
Mr. Bill Scarpino Dr. Robin J. Calote and Mr. Gary Calote
Searle Creative Group, LLC Mrs. Sabrina Canola-Sanchez
Mr. Peter H. Sezzi Mrs. Donna J. Clark and Mr. Gerald M. Clark
Dr. Saliha Sha Ed.D. Antonia J. David
Mr. Edward Summers Mr. Marcelino De Cierdo
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Tallman Mrs. Adriana De Haan and Mr. Peter De Haan
Mrs. Kristin W. Taylor and Mr. Richard L. Taylor, Esq. Ms. Maria de la luz Flores
Mrs. Kim Van De Venter Mr. Lyle D. Elliott
Ventura Music Festival Mr. Jon N. Everhart and Mrs. Stacy Patterson
Mr. Stephen H. Wagner Nancy and Robert Fredrickson
Dr. Rosalind Warner and Dr. Michael Hogan Mrs. Jaimee Galvan
Mrs. Patricia Wendt and Mr. Corey J. Wendt Ms. Leticia C. Garcia
Dr. John L. Woolley and Mrs. Sharon Watts Woolley Mr. Duane Georgeson and Mrs. Lynne Georgeson
Mrs. Anne E. Zane and Mr. Harold L. Zane Dr. Joel Goldenberg D.D.S.
Ms. Angelica Gonzales
SUPPORTER: $500- $999 Ms. Carol M. Greeby
Anonymous Mr. Robin Hester and Mrs. Fabiana F. Hester
Agilent Technologies Mr. and Mrs. N. W. Horigan
Mr. Alexander C. Alex Becky and Leonard Hull
Ms. Kamelia Algiers Ms. Ruth O. Johnson
Mr. Gary J. Amar Joseph’s Fine Jewelers, Inc.
Apollo Enterprises Joshua Chancer for VCCCD Board 2018
Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices California Properties Mr. Steven J. Marquez
Mrs. Laura Brower Mr. Eric Martinsen
Mrs. Karen M. De La Peña Ms. Nancy Mayerson
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Emery Mr. Ned Mircetic
Mr. Jeff Ferguson and Mrs. Theresa Ferguson Mr. Steven R. Mooshagian and Mrs. Jill Mooshagian
Dr. Gigi Fiumerodo Noah’s New York Bagels
Mrs. Diana L. Gleason and Mr. Michael Gleason Mr. Bob Nunn and Mrs. Renee Nunn
Mr. David Haas Mr. Owen B. Patotzka and Mrs. Barbara L. Patotzka
Mr. Peter Hockenmaier and Mrs. Susan Hockenmaier Mrs. Kelly D. Peinado
Mr. Clyde Hofflund Mrs. Patricia Perrine and Mr. Bruce Perrine
Ms. Denise Kelly Pierpont Racquet Club
Ms. Raeann Koerner Ms. Judith E. Refsland
Mr. Patrick W. Griffith and Ms. Cari K. Lange Mr. and Mrs. Ric Ruffinelli
Ms. Judith H. Martin Mrs. Berta Steele
Ms. Dena M. Mercer Dr. and Mrs. Edward Tennen
Ms. Mieke J. Miller The Becker Group, Inc.
Montage Media Production Company Mr. Martin J. Trupiano
Ms. Carol M. Nakashima Mr. Jay Varela
Mrs. Susan A. Nelson and Mr. Wayne Nelson Ventura County Potters Guild
Mr. Juergen Ohrt and Mrs. Helga Ohrt Mr. Rick Wilson
Mr. Jonathan Pappas and Mrs. Jessica Pappas Ms. Carolyn E. Wood
Play It Again Sports Ms. Jenchi Wu
Mrs. Deborah U. Pollack and Dr. Ronald D. Pollack Ms. Hiroko Yoshimoto
Ms. Linda Rovai
Ms. Diane Sabol SUSTAINER: $100-$249
Mr. Arthur J. Sandford and Mrs. Norma Perez-Sandford Ms. Jade Alex
Mr. Ryan N. Slaton Ms. Susana Alonso
Standard Industries Mr. Albert P. Antunez Jr.
Trinity Wheeler Photography Dr. Robert Arce
Mrs. Barbara M. Harison and Mr. Richard Harison Mr. Gabriel Arquilevich and Mrs. Jaymie Arquilevich
Mr. and Mrs. Marty LaVere Mr. and Mrs. Baier
Ventura County Junior Tennis Association Madhu Bajaj
Mrs. Rosanne Welcher and Mr. Andrew Welcher The Barrus Family Charitable Fund
Western Ventura County Employers Advisory Council (EAC) Mrs. Nancy E. Beamer
Mr. Brent Wilson Ms. Michelle Beard
Zarrinkelk and Siavash Dental Partnership

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DONOR HONOR ROLL 2018/2019

Mrs. Donna Beatty KaiFeng Liang
Mr. Rocco Belmonte Ms. Carol Lindberg
Mr. Jack Bennett Ms. Lily Lopez
Ms. Noreen A. Berrington Ms. Susan Macias-Robles
Ms. Sharon J. Beynon and Mr. Alexander G. Kolesnik Mr. Daniel Martinez
Ms. Patti Blair Mr. Al Martinez
Mr. Bartley S. Bleuel and Mrs. Michelle Bleuel Mrs. Karen L. Mason and Mr. Stephan A. Mason
Mr. Philip Bohan Ms. Lydia Matthews-Morales
Boku Superfood Mr. Douglas R. McAvoy Jr.
Mr. David Bransky and Mrs. Amy Bransky Ms. Constance McClain
Mr. Scott J. Brewer Mrs. Janice J. McGuire
Mr. Paul Harber and Ms. Diana Brister Mr. Raymond L. McLean and Mrs. Katharine McLean
Ms. Elena Brokaw Mr. Michael J. McTigue and Mrs. Linda R. McTigue
Ishmael H. and Noemi Buyco Mr. Ernie Melonas and Mrs. Suzy J. Melonas
Mrs. Deborah Bylo Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Millan
Mr. Michael D. Caldwell and Mrs. Joanne H. Caldwell Ms. Michelle Millea
Mr. Armando Castro and Ms. Teryn Castro Mrs. Jonell N. Miller and Mr. Charles L. Miller
Mr. Ron Cavola and Mrs. Debi J. Cavola Mr. Marc Mooshagian
Ms. Lindy Chau Mrs. Guadalupe Moriel-Guillen and Mr. Anthony Guillen
Ms. Maria C. Chavez Mr. Draza Mrvichin and Mrs. Terry Mrvichin
Ms. Hazel Clymer Ms. Catherine A. Mundy
Ms. Barbara Cogert Mr. Erik Nasarenko
Ms. Carol Cole Mrs. Susan C. O’Connell-Moses and Mr. James A. Moses
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Consiglio Mr. Gerald E. Olsen and Mrs. Joan C. Olsen
Ms. Lydia Cosentino Mr. and Mrs. John C. Orr Esq.
Mr. Dean A. Courter and Mrs. Linda L. Courter Ms. Marilyn Osenbaugh
Mr. Kenneth M. Cozzens and Mrs. Patricia Cozzens Mrs. Sharon Oxford
Mrs. and Mr. Claudia L. Crivelli Mr. Steve Palladino
Mrs. Jeanine P. Day and Mr. Mike B. Day Mr. Gerry Pantoja
Denise Rincon Skin Care Mrs. Kristin K. Paulsen and Mr. Eric M. Paulsen
Ms. Pamela G. Duty Mr. Peter Percy and Mrs. Rebecca Percy
Far West Construction Mr. Andy Prokopow
Ms. Elizabeth Fatta Mrs. Elmerina Pugh
Ms. Linda Kay Fisher Ms. Patricia Raguse
Ms. Maureen Fletcher Ms. and Mr. Sandra Reuben
Mr. Gregory J. Frank and Mrs. Lori D. Frank Richard Rojo O D
Ms. Constance E. Gallaway Ms. Alice Rios
Mr. Norman Goldberg Mr. Rene G. Rodriguez and Mrs. Angela Rodriguez
Ms. Carolyn Gonzalez Ms. Maiya Rodriguez
Mr. Donald S. Greenberg and Mrs. Sandra K. Greenberg Ms. Julie Root
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Greenup Mrs. Kristine Rose and Mr. Michael D. Rose
Mr. Logan Griffin Mr. Jerald Rosen
Mr. Michael J. Hall San Buenaventura Women’s Club
Mr. Jeffrey Harlig Mr. and Mrs. Tomas D. Sanchez
Ms. Betty M. Harris Ms. Kelly Schwegel
Ms. Karen Harrison Mr. Joe Selzler
Mrs. Dora H. Hartman and Mr. Roger A. Hartman Mr. and Mrs. Frank O. Sieh
Mr. and Mrs. Jake Harvey Sky Zone
Ms. Jodi Heath Ms. Stacy Sloan Graham
Mrs. Elizabeth Helms Mr. Alan Specht
Mr. Freddy Hester and Mrs. Elsa Hester Ms. Mary Stackhouse
Ms. Linda J. Hitt Dr. Jeffrey Stauffer
Mrs. Jeannette Hollow and Mr. Richard Hollow Mr. Edward D. Stile and Mrs. Susan M. Stile
Mr. and Mrs. Don O. Hurley Stonefire Grill
Mr. Carlos Hurtado Mr. and Mrs. Myron Strober
Ms. Honeybee V. Hyatt T. E. Hoctor & Company
Island Packers Ms. Shirley Thayer
Jai Rhythm Yoga The Smile Shapers
Mr. Barry B. Klopfer and Mrs. Sara M. Klopfer Dr. Robert Tholl and Mrs. Valerie Tholl
Mrs. Eunice Koch Ms. Caroline T. Tupper
Ms. Lori Kramer Ventura College East Campus
Ms. Laura A. Kriese and Ms. Kathryn Stephenson Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. Wakelee
Mr. Daniel P. Kumpf and Mrs. Laurie Kumpf Ms. Nan Waltman and Mr. Harold Nachenberg
Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar Mr. Stan Weisel

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DONOR HONOR ROLL 2018/2019

Westside Community Council Ed & Sue Stile Scholarship
Mrs. and Mr. Cheryl Widders Edith H. French Scholarship
Winco Foods Elaine G. Tennen Endowed Nursing Scholarship
Mr. Bob Winston and Ms. Holly A. Winston Eleanor Tillquist Phoenix Scholarship
Ms. Barbara Wise Ellyn & Jim Dembowski Scholarship
Ms. Lorelei Woerner-Eisner Employer Advisory Council Scholarship
Ms. Gabriela Wood Eric Nicolet LRC Endowment
Ms. Laura Woyach Eric William Borchard Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Pamela Yeagley Evelyn & Howard Boroughs Library Endowment
YMCA Fattarelli Family Trust Scholarship
Ms. Mary P. Zacharias Frank Nolan Memorial Scholarship
Zervoulias Family Foundation, Inc. Frank S. & Ardella J. Watts Memorial Scholarship
Ms. Beatriz Zizumbo Garet & Stanley Miller Music Endowment
Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship
ENDOWMENT AND INVESTMENT FUNDS George & Eleanor Tillquist Scholarship
Donors may establish a named endowment scholarship or program fund George & Harriet Arita - Tai Boy Biology Scholarship
for $20,000+. These funds are professionally invested and a percentage George & Jean Woolley Memorial Scholarship
of the annual earnings are awarded as a scholarship or program funds George E. Tillquist Engineering Scholarship
while preserving the original value of the fund. Endowments create a Gerald Jones Memorial Scholarship
lasting legacy that will benefit students in perpetuity. Gerald R. Curtis Engineering Scholarship
Goldman Metalworking Scholarship
Albert & Elaine Borchard VC Promise Endowment Golf Program Endowment
Alexis Dember Scholarship Gordon & Dorothy King Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Alfred Howe Davis Memorial Scholarship Guadalupe Lopez Nursing Scholarship I
Alice M. Bartlett Memorial Scholarship Guadalupe Lopez Nursing Scholarship II
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Guthrie Operating Endowment
Harry J. & Lucille E. Earl Scholarship
Ventura County Branch Bevans/Klein Scholarship Heizer Family Phoenix Scholarship
American Legion Post 339 (Ventura) Scholarship Heizer Women’s Legal Fund Endowment
Amy Cherot Foster Our Future Scholarship Helen Yunker Music Program Endowment
Amy Cherot VC Promise Endowment Helen Yunker Music Scholarship
Arlene Goldberg Memorial Scholarship Helen Yunker VC Opera & Musical Theatre
Arthur Sumliner Memorial Scholarship
Associated Students of Ventura College Scholarship I Workshop Program Endowment
Associated Students of Ventura College Scholarship II Hemming Family Scholarship
Barbara Meister Teaching Scholarship Hickerson Family Scholarship
Barbara R. Burton Memorial Scholarship Howe Heywood Mathematics Prize Endowment
Benjamin Tanner Memorial Scholarship Jacqueline D. Walker Memorial Scholarship
Bernice Beilin Memorial Phoenix Scholarship James Doyle Memorial Scholarship
Bess Pinkstaff Scholarship James V. and Idah W. Iliff Memorial Scholarship
Betsy Slover Phoenix, RN, Memorial Scholarship Janet & Mark L. Goldenson Nursing Scholarship
Bill & Elise Kearney Phoenix Scholarship Jessica Prescott Art Scholarship
Bill Miller Memorial Scholarship Jessica Prescott Library Science Scholarship
Blalock Family Scholarship Jessica Prescott Nursing Scholarship
Bob Gowder Family Scholarship Joe Hernandez Memorial Art Scholarship
Brian Marshall Memorial Scholarship John & Glenda Hammer Science Scholarship
California Environmental Education Scholarship John & Cherie Brant Ventura Boys & Girls Club Scholarship
California Resources Corporation Veteran Students Scholarship John & Glenda Hammer Education Scholarship
Carl Stehle, Jr. Physical Science Scholarship John & Glenda Hammer Engineering Scholarship
Cavola Family Scholarship John Tallman Memorial Scholarship
Cheuvront Family Scholarship Joyce Ogawa Yoshioka Memorial Scholarship
Collin Family Scholarship Judith Leventhal Two-Dimensional Art Scholarship
Creative Arts Foundation Trust Scholarship Julius Gius Library Endowment
Damián De La Peña Memorial Scholarship Julius Gius Memorial Scholarship
David P. Bianco Family Scholarship Kada Family Scholarship
Delta Theta Tau Sorority-Zeta Epsilon Chapter Kenneth D. Helms Memorial Choral Scholarship
Kenneth D. Helms Memorial Organ Scholarship
Memorial Business Scholarship Larry Meister Memorial Business Scholarship
Diana Lillie Seely Memorial Scholarship Lester Tong Family VC Promise Endowment
Don & Sandy Greenberg Scholarship Lillian Dember Scholarship
Don L. Carlton Family Scholarship Linda McSherry-Roos Environmental Studies Scholarship
Donna Santo Family Scholarship Lucia Tebbe Memorial Phoenix Scholarship
Dr. Morris & Judith Leventhal Art Scholarship Lupton Child Development Textbook Scholarship
Dr. Thomas B. O’Neill Nursing Scholarship Martin Hansen Family Scholarship
E. Elaine Daniels Memorial Scholarship Martin P. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship

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DONOR HONOR ROLL 2018/2019

Martinez Y Ewens Anasazi Scholarship Wendy Dunn Memorial Scholarship
Mary A. Sandoval Memorial Scholarship Western States Petroleum Association Scholarship
Mary Guthrie Teaching Scholarship Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council-Avelina
Mary J. Gloisten Nursing Scholarship
Maude A. Broughton Memorial Scholarship Villalobos Scholarship
McNeely Family Scholarship Westside Scholarship
Michael Kirkpatrick Seely Creative Writing Scholarship
Micheline & Albert Sakharoff Music Scholarship The Ventura College Foundation would like to extend our sincere
Micheline & Albert Sakharoff Nursing Scholarship gratitude to the hundreds of donors who offer sustainable funding
Micheline & Albert Sakharoff Theatre Arts Scholarship through gifts under $100. Your loyal gifts totaled $6,381.57 in
Micheline Sakharoff Nursing Scholarship direct support for Ventura College students. These funds allow
Micheline Sakharoff Phoenix Scholarship us to continue working toward our mission of facilitating student
Miriam Schwab Estate Investment Fund success, and growing the impact and legacy of Ventura College as
Nancy Steward Memorial Nursing Scholarship a vital community asset. Thank you! A complete honor roll donor
Nicholas Joel Haverland Memorial Scholarship list is available for viewing at the VC Foundation’s NEW website:
Noah Charles Kriese Memorial Scholarship VenturaCollegeFoundation.org.
Ojai Family Podiatry Clinic, Dr. James Todd Beaty, DPM Scholarship
Orfalea Child Development Center Endowment Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this
Osher Foundation Scholarship list. If we made an error, please contact the VC Foundation at
Pamela Oster Memorial Scholarship 805.289.6461 so that we can correct our records. This list only
Patricia Sanchez Ehret Memorial Scholarship includes donations made from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
Paul & Jan Gannatal Athletic Endowment
Pier Angela Fiumerodo Memorial Scholarship
Prison Hospital Action Committee Scholarship
Professor Ismael “Mayo” De La Rocha Memorial Scholarship
Rebecca Singer-Beilin Memorial Scholarship
Rohan Zen Scholarship
Rotary Club of Oxnard Sunrise Scholarship
Rotary Club of Ventura Scholarship
Sam & Mary Saputo Scholarship
San Buenaventura Women’s Club Scholarship I
San Buenaventura Women’s Club Scholarship II
Sandra Hope Thomas Art Scholarship
Santa Clara Valley Healthcare Scholarship
Saticoy Community Club Scholarship
Seiji Yoshioka & Mary Phillips Yoshioka Scholarship
SEIU Local 99 Classified Senate Scholarship
Sons of Italy Endowment
Southern California Edison Community College Scholarship
Southern California Edison Green Jobs Initiative Scholarship I
Southern California Edison Green Jobs Initiative Scholarship II
Stan Weisel Phoenix Scholarship
Stanley Prescott Business Scholarship
Steve Ehret Scholarship
Taimi Chauveau Nursing Memorial Scholarship
Talle Stanton Scholarship
Tan Family Scholarship
Taylor Family Scholarship
Terence P. O’Neill Memorial Scholarship
Tony & Ruth Garcia Scholarship
Totten J. & Francis M. Anderson Scholarship
Toyota T-Ten Operating Endowment
V.C. Women’s Basketball Endowment
VC Friends of the Arts Award Endowment
VC Friends of the Arts Bernard Vincent Dietz Memorial Endowment
VC Friends of the Arts Hiroko Yoshimoto Endowment
VCSNA Peer Assistance Scholarship
Venoco, Inc. Phoenix Scholarship
Ventura College Academic Senate Scholarship
Ventura College Foundation Phoenix Scholarship
Ventura College Holistic Studies Scholarship
Ventura College Theatre Arts Production Endowment
Ventura Downtown Lions Club - Fred W. Smith Scholarship
Viento Y Mar Environmental Scholarship

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BOB GOWDER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
The family of Bob Gowder established this scholarship to benefit a full-time student of any
discipline.

BRIAN MARSHALL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Carol Marshall established this scholarship in memory of her husband, Ventura College Golf
Coach Brian Marshall. It benefits an outstanding athletic student (preferably one who plays
on the Ventura College Golf Team) and is transferring to a four year university.

CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to an Environmental Studies Student demonstrating significant
community activity involving environmental issues.

CALIFORNIA RESOURCES CORPORATION VETERAN STUDENTS SCHOLARSHIP
The CRC Veteran Students Scholarship was established to provide annual scholarships to
Veteran students to enable them to reach their higher education goals. This scholarship
serves to relieve Veteran students from financial hardships promoting well-being, easier
transition to civilian life, and academic success.

CARL STEHLE, JR. PHYSICAL SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP
Nancy Stehle established this scholarship in memory of her husband, Carl Stehle, Jr., a
geologist. This scholarship benefits a Physical Science major.

CAROLE OLSEN-BRYAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
In memory of Carole Olsen-Bryan. She was a graduate of Ventura College and a third-grade
teacher for 16 years. This year’s candidate is the first to receive this brand new award.

CAROLYN VILLINES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established to honor the life of Carolyn Villines. Carolyn received
incredible care from nursing staff while recovering from surgery. This scholarship will help an
outstanding nursing student at Ventura College.

CARRASCO NUNGARAY FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Marian and Marco Nungaray established this scholarship to benefit students who
demonstrate leadership in the community or on the Ventura College campus.

CAVOLA FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Frank Cavola created this scholarship to benefit deserving students studying the field of
Engineering or Photography.

CHAPPY MORRIS SCHOLARSHIP
Mission Produce in memory of Chappy Morris created this scholarship for students who are
passionate about agriculture.

CHEUVRONT FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP*
Virginia Stout established this scholarship to benefit a deserving student meeting the
Ventura College Foundation’s academic standards for scholarships. This scholarship benefit
an outstanding student enrolled in any field of study.

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CLASSIFIED SENATE SCHOLARSHIP
The Classified Senate of Ventura College established this scholarship to benefit all relatives of
current classified employees and former classified employees and former classified
employees, who are returning to school.

CLASSIFIED SENATE SCHOLARSHIP IN MEMORY OF CONNIE BAKER
The Classified Senate of Ventura College came together to fund a scholarship in memory of
former classified employee, Connie Baker. This scholarship is to benefit all relatives of current
classified employees and former classified employees and former classified employees, who
are returning to school.

CLEAN POWER ALLIANCE VOYAGER SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by the Clean Power Alliance in support of students pursuing
careers in green/sustainable energy and/or development.

COLLIN FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Kenneth Collin established this scholarship to benefit an outstanding student interested in
Engineering or Sciences.

CONTARINO FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
The scholarship was established in honor of the Contarino family to benefit an outstanding
Ventura College nursing student. While Al Contarino passed away this past year, his legacy
remains strong through the generosity of his wife, Freddie Contarino, and the students who
benefit from this award.

CREATIVE ARTS FOUNDATION TRUST SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established to benefit a student who transferred to Ventura College from
Ventura High School and is studying writing, art, music, drama, or photography.

DAMIÁN DE LA PEÑA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Karen and José de la Pena established this scholarship in memory of their youngest son,
Damián, who attended Ventura College and studied math and sciences. He aspired to have a
career in neuropsychology. This scholarship supports students majoring in Psychology.

DAVE & LIZ KRAUS PHOENIX SCHOLARSHIP
Dave and Liz Kraus created this scholarship to support a re-entry student studying humanities.

DAVID P. BIANCO FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP*
David Bianco established this scholarship for students who were emancipated foster children
or had lived in transitional housing during their lifetime.

DELTA THETA TAU SORORITY – ZETA EPSILON CHAPTER BUSINESS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Delta Theta Tau Sorority is a national women’s organization dedicated to the advancement of
philanthropy and charity, nonsectarian, nonacademic, promoting welfare for all and fostering
the spirit of good fellowship.

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DENISE BAYLOR AUTOMOTIVE & DIESEL MECHANICS SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded for the very first time this year, Denise Baylor created this scholarship to support a
student currently enrolled in Ventura College’s diesel or automotive programs.

DENISE BAYLOR SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is in honor of Denise Baylor, whose ongoing contributions help students
accomplish their academic goals. This scholarship benefits an athlete (preferably basketball
or football) who has a 3.0 minimum GPA and is transferring to a four-year college or
University.

DIANA LILLIE SEELY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The friends and family of Diana Lillie Seely established this scholarship to benefit a student
majoring in the Arts.

DON & SANDY GREENBERG SCHOLARSHIP*
Don and Sandy Greenberg created this scholarship to benefit a student majoring in Education
or Liberal Arts.

DON L. CARLTON FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP*
Mr. Carlton established this scholarship to benefit students majoring in Business.

DONNA SANTO FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP*
Ventura College Foundation Board Member Donna Santo established this scholarship in
honor of her family to benefit a re-entry student in any area of study.

DR. JOYCE MASON EVANS & DAVID A. EVANS PHOENIX SCHOLARSHIP
The Dr. Joyce Mason Evans & David A. Evans Phoenix Scholarship is awarded to a re-entry
woman who will be transferring to a four-year college or University in pursuit of a degree.

DR. JOYCE MASON EVANS (VCCC RETIRED) ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Dr. Joyce Mason Evans (VCCC Retired) Scholarship is awarded to current VCCC students
pursuing an Associate of Arts Degree in History.

DR. MORRIS & JUDITH LEVENTHAL ART SCHOLARSHIP*
Judith Leventhal established this scholarship in memory of her husband, Morris, a master
ceramics artist devoted to the VC art department. This scholarship benefits students
majoring in the Arts, preferably Ceramics.

DR. THOMAS B. O’NEILL NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
The late Dr. Thomas O’Neill, long-time VC faculty member and head of the Biology
Department, established this scholarship which benefits outstanding students enrolled in the
VC Associate Degree Nursing Program.

DRS. ROSALIND WARNER AND MICHAEL HOGAN FOSTER YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP
Drs. Rosalind Warner and Michael Hogan established this scholarship to benefit an
outstanding student who is currently or formerly in the foster care system.

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E. ELAINE DANIELS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by the friends and family of E. Elaine Daniels to benefit an
outstanding student majoring in English who plans a career in teaching.

ED AND SUE STILE SCHOLARSHIP*
This scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. Stile to benefit an outstanding student with
a passion and desire to succeed.

EDITH H. FRENCH SCHOLARSHIP
The trust of Edith H. French created this scholarship to assist a student planning on teaching
in a K-12 school.

EDMUND ANDREAS ARREDONDO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
In loving memory of Edmund Andreas Arredondo, artist, stylist, costumer, actor, producer
and lover of live and lover of the arts.

EILEEN TAYLOR PHOENIX SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was created in honor of Eileen Taylor to benefit a re-entry student at
Ventura College. Sadly, we lost Ms. Taylor in July of 2019. Ventura College Foundation Board
Emeritus Judge Colleen Toy White has funded this scholarship in Eileen’s memory this year.

ELAINE G. TENNEN ENDOWED NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established to benefit a student enrolled in the Ventura College Nursing
Program.

ELEANOR TILLQUIST PHOENIX SCHOLARSHIP
Ventura College Foundation Board Emeritus George E. Tillquist created this scholarship as a
gift to his wife, Eleanor Tillquist. This scholarship benefits re-entry students who have
overcome hardships in order to pursue an education.

ELIJAH & MIYA TSHING SCHOLARSHIP
The Tshing family has been a vendor at the Ventura Marketplace for more than 26 years. Mr.
Tshing is offering this scholarship in honor of his family members, Elijah and Miya, to benefit
excellent Ventura College students.

ELLYN & JIM DEMBOWSKI SCHOLARSHIP*
Ventura College Foundation Board Member Ellyn Dembowski and her husband Jim
established this scholarship to benefit excellent students pursuing any area of study.

EMPLOYER ADVISORY COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIP*
This scholarship was established by the Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council
(EAC) to benefit a student studying Business Administration. The VC EAC is an independent,
nonprofit organization that works with the Employment Development Department to
improve the quality of employment services in Ventura County.

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ERIC WILLIAM BORCHARD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in memory of Ventura College Alumnus, Eric Borchard, by
his family and friends. It recognizes those students with a documented physical or learning
disability who, like Eric, triumph in the face of adversity, and ensures that they too are able
to reach their full potential.

ESTEEM: ENHANCING SUCCESS IN TRANSFER EDUCATION FOR ENGINEERING MAJORS
SCHOLARSHIP
ESTEEM is a scholarship and support program for academically-talented, low-income
students majoring in Engineering. Led by UC Santa Barbara's College of Engineering, the
program is a partnership with UC Santa Barbara's Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and
Ventura College. Current VC faculty members including Professor Millea, Professor Warren,
and Professor O’Neill mentor each recipient as they prepare to transfer to a four-year
University in pursuit of a bachelor’s in engineering.

EXUBERANT ENGLISH MAJOR SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by the colleagues, friends, and family in honor of Ventura
College English Professor Deborah Pollack’s teaching career and her retirement.

FATTARELLI FAMILY TRUST SCHOLARSHIP*
The Fattarelli Family established this scholarship to benefit students enrolled in the Ventura
College Nursing Program.

FRANK NOLAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The friends and family of Frank Nolan created this scholarship to benefit an exceptional
student in any discipline.

FRANK S. & ARDELLA J. WATTS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP*
The daughters of Frank and Ardella Watts established this scholarship in their memory. It is
awarded to a student majoring in Performing or Fine Arts.

FRIENDS OF OSHER FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS*
The Friends of Osher Foundation Scholarships were generously funded by a consortium of
local donors, and challenge matches by the Ventura College Foundation and the Bernard
Osher Foundation. Recipients are all continuing students at Ventura College and have
demonstrated their desire to complete their higher education.

GARY DANIEL NEWCOMB MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is established by the Newcomb family in memory of their son, Gary Daniel
Newcomb, whose passion for computers and love of family filled his life. The scholarship
benefits students pursuing an education in a computer-related field.

GENE HAAS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
Gene Haas Foundation created this scholarship to benefit a student majoring in Engineering,
Machining Manufacturing or Computer Aided Design.

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GENE HAAS SCHOLARSHIP
Gene Haas Foundation created this scholarship to benefit a student majoring in Engineering,
Machining Manufacturing or Computer Aided Design.

GEORGE & ELEANOR TILLQUIST SCHOLARSHIP
Respected community philanthropists, George and Eleanor, established this scholarship for a
student living in Ventura who majors in Nursing.

GEORGE & HARRIET ARITA - TAI BOY BIOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP
Harriet and George Arita established this scholarship in recognition of their beloved dog, Tai
Boy. Students receiving this scholarship must major in Biology, Zoology, Botany, or
Environmental Biology. The scholarship is geared toward students who will be transferring to
a four year college or university who plan to teach K-12, or plan to conduct research in Basic
Biology, Zoology, Botany, or Environmental Biology.

GEORGE & JEAN WOOLLEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP*
Dr. John Woolley established this scholarship in honor of his parents, George and Jean
Woolley, to support a Veteran student majoring in Associate Justice, Law Enforcement or
Liberal Arts.

GEORGE E. TILLQUIST ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP
Eleanor Tillquist established this scholarship in memory of board emeritus George E. Tillquist
to benefit an engineering student. This scholarship is being awarded for the first time this
year.

GEORGE R. ANDERSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
George Anderson coached football, cross country and track at Ventura College in a career
spanning some 33 years. The Family and friends of George Anderson created this scholarship
to support a Ventura College athlete transferring to any University of California campus.

GERALD JONES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Jones family established this scholarship to celebrate the memory of Gerald Jones and
his passion for the sciences and higher education. Gerald was an orphan, but refused to let
this challenge get in his way. He travelled the world, worked as a diver on the atomic bomb
tests in the Pacific and loved his family. This scholarship will help a student from a
disadvantaged background who is seeking a major in the sciences.

GERALD R. CURTIS ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP
Bambi Curtis created this scholarship in loving memory of her husband “Jerry” to help
support a highly qualified Ventura College student to acquire an advanced degree in
engineering in order to help benefit our global society.

GOLDMAN METALWORKING SCHOLARSHIP
Martino and Marcelle Goldman created this scholarship to benefit a deserving welding
student who has successfully completed specific welding courses at Ventura College.

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GORDON & DOROTHY KING MEMORIAL NURSING SCHOLARSHIP*
This scholarship was established by Gordon King to benefit a student pursuing a career in
Nursing.

GORDON ROSS MEDICAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship benefits a student pursuing a career in Nursing.

GUADALUPE LOPEZ NURSING ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
The children of Ventura College Alumna, Guadalupe Lopez, created this scholarship to be
awarded to a student who is enrolled in the Ventura College Nursing Program with a
preference for a Hispanic female.

GUADALUPE LOPEZ NURSING SCHOLARSHIP*
The children of Ventura College Alumna, Guadalupe Lopez, created this scholarship to be
awarded to a student who is enrolled in the Ventura College Nursing Program with a
preference for a Hispanic female.

HARMON COGERT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Family and friends of Harmon Cogert established this scholarship in his memory. The
excellent and exceptional nursing care he received both at home and in the hospital over the
last few years is the inspiration for this tribute. Nurses and nursing students are angels on
earth!

HARRY J. & LUCILLE E. EARL SCHOLARSHIP
Harry J. and Lucille E. Earl created this scholarship to be awarded to a graduate from a
Ventura County high school majoring in Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Civil
Engineering or other science technology.

HEIZER FAMILY PHOENIX SCHOLARSHIP*
Linda Heizer Seaman created this scholarship to support the educational endeavors of re-
entry students.

HELEN YUNKER MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
Helen Yunker was one of Ventura’s most renowned and well-loved supporters of the Arts.
She created this scholarship to support students majoring in Music.

HEMMING FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP*
Ventura College Foundation Board member, Dr. Ruth Hemming, established this scholarship
for continuing students majoring in Communications, Journalism and Liberal Arts.

HICKERSON FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship benefits a student demonstrating community involvement and financial
need.

I-DA-KA SCHOLARSHIP
The former I-DA-KA social club established this scholarship to benefit a female re-entry
student with community service experience, majoring in Social Science, Sociology or
Teaching. I-DA-KA is an Indian word for “We Serve.”

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J.G.M. HENRY - STATE FARM SCHOLARSHIP
Irene Henry created this scholarship to benefit Latina students who are actively involved in
community service.

JACQUELINE D. WALKER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Walker family and the Santa Paula Society of the Arts funded this scholarship to benefit a
student majoring in visual arts, preferably aqua media painting.

JAMES DOYLE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Ventura County Community College District Police Officers Association created this
scholarship in honor of Officer James Doyle, a district police officer killed in the line of duty.
The scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in Criminal Justice.

JAMES V. & IDAH W. ILIFF MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Idah Iliff, a Ventura City Councilwoman from 1949 until 1961 and a high school teacher,
established this scholarship in honor of her husband, James Iliff, who taught Mathematics at
Ventura College for 30 years. Students receiving this scholarship must be continuing their
education at a four-year university or college.

JANE & HERO TSHING SCHOLARSHIP
The Tshing family has been a vendor at the Ventura Marketplace for more than 26 years. Mr.
Tshing is offering this scholarship in honor of his wife, Jane, and son, Hero.

JANET & MARK L. GOLDENSON NURSING SCHOLARSHIP*
Community philanthropists, Janet and Mark L. Goldenson established this scholarship to
support Nursing majors in their second year of the Nursing program.

JESSICA PRESCOTT ART SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by a generous bequest from the Stanley and Jessica Prescott
Estate for students majoring in Art.

JESSICA PRESCOTT LIBRARY SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP*
This scholarship was established by a generous bequest from the Stanley and Jessica Prescott
Estate to benefit students majoring in Library Science or English.

JESSICA PRESCOTT NURSING SCHOLARSHIP*
This scholarship was established by a generous bequest from the Stanley and Jessica Prescott
Estate for students enrolled in the Ventura College Nursing Program.

JOE HERNANDEZ MEMORIAL ART SCHOLARSHIP*
Tess Hernandez created this scholarship in memory of her husband Joe, a long-time art
student at VC and an expert watercolorist to benefit students majoring in Art.

JOHN AND CHERIE BRANT VENTURA BOYS & GIRLS CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
John and Cherie Brant continue their long-time support of the Boys and Girls Club through
this scholarship benefiting students that have attended the Boys and Girls Club in the City of
Ventura.

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JOHN AND GLENDA HAMMER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP
John and Glenda Hammer created this scholarship to benefit a student majoring in
Education.

JOHN AND GLENDA HAMMER ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP
John and Glenda Hammer created this scholarship to benefit a student majoring in
Engineering.

JOHN AND GLENDA HAMMER SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP*
John Hammer established this scholarship in memory of his wife, Glenda, to benefit a
student planning a career in the sciences.

JOHN TALLMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by the family and friends of John Tallman, who began his
career at Ventura College as Aquatics Director in 1972. He also served as Budget Manager,
Dean of Instruction, and Vice Chancellor of Instruction. Mr. Tallman brought more than 200
palm trees from around the world to Ventura College, which now has the largest collection
of palms in the state. This scholarship is awarded to an athlete who is transferring to a four-
year college or University.

JOYCE OGAWA YOSHIOKA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Award for the very first time this year, this scholarship was established in memory of
Joyce Ogawa Yoshioka in support of students who intend to pursue a career in law.

JUDITH LEVENTHAL TWO-DIMENSIONAL ART SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in memory of Judith Leventhal to benefit a deserving
student studying drawing, painting, or photography.

JULIUS GIUS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Gail Gius created this fund in memory of her husband, Julius, to benefit a student planning
on entering a career in journalism.

KADA FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP*
Lynne Kada established this scholarship in honor of her family. It benefits Veteran students
with a preference for those majoring in STEM.

KENNETH D. HELMS MEMORIAL CHORAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Kenneth D. Helms scholarships were both established in memory of Kenneth Helms by
his wife, Elizabeth, to honor his long career in music. The Kenneth D. Helms Memorial Choral
Scholarship benefits students who participate in Choir or Choral Conducting as a part of their
music studies.

KENNETH D. HELMS MEMORIAL ORGAN SCHOLARSHIP
The Kenneth D. Helms Memorial Organ Scholarship is awarded to a student who participates
in Organ Conducting as a part of their music studies.

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KRISTIN & RICHARD TAYLOR PHOENIX SCHOLARSHIP
Ventura College Foundation Board Emeritus Richard Taylor and his wife, Kristin, created this
scholarship to support re-entry students at Ventura College. Mr. Taylor was instrumental in
creating the Phoenix Scholarship Program 21 years ago.

LARRY MEISTER MEMORIAL BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP*
Philanthropist Barbara Meister established this scholarship in memory of her late husband.
It benefits a student who majors in Business.

LILLIAN DEMBER SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established to benefit students majoring in life sciences.

LIMONERIA COMPANY AGRICULTURAL SCHOLARSHIP
Limoneira Company created this scholarship to benefit an outstanding student pursuing
agriculture or environmental studies.

LINDA MCSHERRY-ROOS ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP*
This scholarship was established by community philanthropist, Linda McSherry Roos, for
continuing students pursuing environmental studies.

LUCIA TEBBE MEMORIAL PHOENIX SCHOLARSHIP
Friends and family of Lucia Tebbe established this scholarship in memory of her passionate
support for re-entry students who come back to Ventura College to continue their education
and better the lives of their families, their community and themselves. Lucia’s pivotal
financial support and leadership helped to create the Phoenix Scholarship program in 1999.

LUPE & ROBERT PIROS NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
Lupe and Robert Piros established this to benefit a student enrolled in the VC Nursing
Program.

LUPTON CHILD DEVELOPMENT TEXTBOOK SCHOLARSHIP
John Lupton established this scholarship in memory of his beloved wife, Jeri, who served as a
Childcare Instructor for many years at VC. This textbook scholarship benefits a student
enrolled in child development courses.

MAESTRA AURORA MAGANA LOPEZ SCHOLARSHIP
Established by Lupe Lujan and Aurora de la Selva in memory of their mother, Aurora Magana
Lopez, this scholarship benefits women of Mexican origin or descent who are pursuing a
career in teaching.

MAMA LIN TSHING SCHOLARSHIP
Lin Tshing “Mama” has been a vendor at the Ventura College Foundation Market Place for
more than twenty-six years. As a symbol of her family’s gratitude for the many years of
patronage the Ventura College Foundation has provided, Mama is offering this scholarship to
an outstanding student.

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MARTIN P. KNOWLTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP*
Ventura College Foundation board members David Bianco and Amy Cherot established this
scholarship through the Center for Future Studies. It honors Martin P. Knowlton, who co-
founded ElderHostel with Mr. Bianco. This scholarship benefits a continuing student studying
social sciences with an interest in exploring new paradigms.

MARTINEZ Y EWENS ANASAZI SCHOLARSHIP
Michael Ewens and Lydia Martinez-Collins established this scholarship to benefit Hispanic
and Native American students with a passion for community service. This scholarship honors
Mike’s 34 years of teaching at Ventura College and his military service in three American
wars.

MARY A. SANDOVAL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Friends and family of Mary A. Sandoval created this scholarship to benefit a student of
Hispanic heritage.

MARY GUTHRIE TEACHING SCHOLARSHIP
Mary Guthrie, former Ventura College Administrative Dean of Student Personnel Services,
established this scholarship through a generous bequest. It benefits students transferring to
a four year university to become teachers.

MARY J. GLOISTEN NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
Community philanthropists, Donald and Mary Gloisten, created this scholarship to benefit
nursing students. While Donald and Mary are no longer with us, their legacy lives on to
support nursing students as they pursue their education.

MAUDE A. BROUGHTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP*
Mr. James created this scholarship in memory of his mother, Maude, to benefit an African-
American student or a student from an under-represented population.

MCNEELY FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
George McNeely began teaching Agriculture at Ventura College during the Great Depression.
Before he retired in 1972, he also served as the Dean of Students. George was a founding
board member of the Foundation. The Ventura College Foundation honored Mr. McNeely by
naming the planned giving legacy society in his honor. The scholarship benefits a student in
Nursing, or any of the sciences.

MICHAEL KIRKPATRICK SEELY CREATIVE WRITING SCHOLARSHIP
The friends and family of Michael Kirkpatrick Seely created this scholarship in his honor to
benefit an outstanding student studying writing.

MICHELINE & ALBERT SAKHAROFF MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
Micheline Sakharoff established this scholarship as a tribute to her husband Albert and their
mutual love of music. It benefits an outstanding music student.

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MICHELINE & ALBERT SAKHAROFF NURSING SCHOLARSHIP*
The Sakharoffs established this scholarship to benefit students enrolled in the Ventura
College Nursing Program.

MICHELINE & ALBERT SAKHAROFF THEATRE ARTS SCHOLARSHIP*
The Wasserman family created this scholarship in honor of Micheline and Albert Sakharoff to
benefit students majoring in the arts with a preference for theatre arts students.

MICHELINE SAKHAROFF NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
Friends and family of Micheline Sakharoff created this scholarship on Micheline’s 90th
birthday to honor her tremendous commitment and philanthropy to Ventura County.

MICHELINE SAKHAROFF PHOENIX SCHOLARSHIP
Friends and family of Micheline Sakharoff created this scholarship on Micheline’s
90th birthday to honor her tremendous commitment and philanthropy to Ventura County.

MIRIAM AND HENRY SCHWAB MEMORIAL AQUATICS SCHOLARSHIP
A beloved local philanthropist, passionate classical music champion and long-time supporter
of Ventura College, Miriam Emily Schwab made a bequest of $12 million through her estate
to Ventura College to benefit the Ventura College Instrumental Music Program as well as the
Ventura College Aquatics Program. This scholarship benefits VC aquatics students who are
transferring to a university.

NANCY STEWARD MEMORIAL NURSING SCHOLARSHIP*
Dr. Evan Slater and his wife, Fran, established this scholarship in memory of Nancy Steward.
It benefits a student enrolled in the Ventura College Nursing Program.

NATIVE DAUGHTERS OF THE GOLDEN WEST POINSETTIA PARLOR #318 SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded for the first time this year, this scholarship was established in memory of
Jeanne Boger, native Californian and first woman police officer for the Ventura Police
Department.

NELLIE DAY HARRIS SCHOLARSHIP
The Buena Center Business and Professional Women’s Club created this scholarship in honor
of member, Nellie Day. This scholarship benefits women pursuing a major in Education.

NELSON FAMILY VETERAN SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED IN MEMORY OF APRIL NELSON
The Nelson family established this scholarship to support Veterans actively seeking
additional education as a means to demonstrate appreciation for the sacrifice they made in
serving our country. This year, the Nelson family is awarding their scholarship in memory of
their daughter, April Nelson.

NIAMATULLAH SA AND A-ISHAH MA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by Saliha Sha in memory of his mother. It benefits a student
of African or Asian descent who is passionate about community service.

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NICHOLAS JOEL HAVERLAND MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established to encourage the study of the Biology field, in memory of
Ventura College student Nick Haverland’s love of the natural world of Ventura County and
beyond.

NOAH CHARLES KRIESE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP*
Former board member Laura Kriese established this scholarship in memory of her nephew,
Noah, to benefit students majoring in science or music.

OJAI FAMILY PODIATRY CLINIC, DR. JAMES TODD BEATY, DPM SCHOLARSHIP*
This scholarship was established for continuing students majoring in the arts.

OSHER FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP*
The Osher Foundation Scholarship was provided through the California Community Colleges
Scholarship Endowment initiative, a program of the Bernard Osher Foundation.

PAIGE-BIANCO TEXTBOOK SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by Dave Bianco, Ventura College Foundation Board Member
Emeritus and founder of Elderhostel, in honor of Robert Paige who was a member of the
Longwood Cricket Club when Mr. Bianco was the manager. It benefits a student with ADA
recognized disabilities.

PAMELA OSTER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Henry Oster established this scholarship in memory of his beloved wife, Pamela Oster, who
taught at Ventura College for many years. This scholarship benefits a student planning a
career in nursing with a preference for nutrition science or early childhood development.

PAPA KAM TONG TSHING SCHOLARSHIP
“Papa” Kam Tong Tshing was a vendor at the Ventura College marketplace for more than 27
years. As a symbol of his families’ gratitude for the many years of patronage the Ventura
College Foundation provided, Papa created this scholarship opportunity to benefit an
outstanding VC student. Papa’s son, Peter Tshing, continues to award this scholarship in
Papa’s memory.

PATRICIA SANCHEZ EHRET MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP*
Family members established this scholarship for students planning on careers working with
children.

PAUL AND BESSIE CARTER NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established from the estate of Ventura County residents, Paul and
Bessie Carter. The scholarship will benefit nursing students to assist with the cost of the
program.

PEÑA FAMILY AUTISM SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded for the first time this year, this scholarship was created to benefit a Ventura College
student with autism as they work towards meeting their educational goals.

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PHOENIX NURSING STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established to benefit a student in the Ventura College Nursing
Program. It was inspired by the work of VC Nursing students who work at the Victoria Care
Center.

PIER ANGELA FIUMERODO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in 2016 to honor and celebrate the memory of Pier Angela
(nee Barla) Fiumerodo, the mother of Anthropology Professor, Dr. Maria Teresa (Gigi)
Fiumerodo. Pier Angela was a loving and hard-working mother and immigrant to the United
States. This scholarship will help a female student studying anthropology or child
development who is the daughter of immigrants.

PRISON HOSPITAL ACTION COMMITTEE SCHOLARSHIP*
The Prison Hospital Action Committee of Camarillo disbanded in 2009 and awarded the funds
for this Ventura College nursing scholarship.

PROFESSOR ISMAEL “MAYO” DE LA ROCHA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Friends and family of long-time Ventura College Professor Ismael “Mayo” De La Rocha
established this scholarship in his honor to benefit an outstanding Latina in the field of
Chicano Studies.

REBECCA SINGER-BEILIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Beilin family created this scholarship to honor Rebecca-Singer Beilin. It benefits students
majoring in Nursing.

ROBERT AND REGINA LAWSON MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded for the first time this year, this scholarship was established by Robert and Regina
Lawson, to empower young artists in music composition, to continue their dreams and goals
in the education of the musical arts, and to inspire the evolution of future music
compositions.

ROHAN ZEN SCHOLARSHIP*
Jan and Hal Wasserman established this scholarship in honor of their grandson, Rohan Zen,
to benefit students majoring in Biology or Environmental Studies.

ROTARY CLUB OF OXNARD SUNRISE SCHOLARSHIP*
The Rotary Club of Oxnard Sunrise established this scholarship to benefit current residents of
Port Hueneme or Oxnard.

ROTARY CLUB OF VENTURA SCHOLARSHIP
The Rotary Club of Ventura is a local club dedicated to advancing world understanding,
goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the
alleviation of poverty. This scholarship was established to benefit a student residing in
Ventura.

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RUTH HEMMING FOSTER YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP
Ruth Hemming established this scholarship to benefit an outstanding student who is
currently or was formerly in the foster youth system.

RUTH HEMMING PHOENIX SCHOLARSHIP
Ventura College Foundation Board of Directors Vice Chair Dr. Ruth Hemming established this
scholarship to support re-entry students who have overcome hardships and are pursuing
their dreams through an education.

SAM & MARY SAPUTO SCHOLARSHIP
Mary Saputo established this scholarship to benefit a student engaged in their community.

SAN BUENAVENTURA WOMEN’S CLUB SCHOLARSHIP*
The San Buenaventura Women’s Club promotes friendship among its members and supports
social, civic, educational, cultural, and social welfare projects in the community. This
scholarship benefits re-entry female students who are at least 25 years old residing in the
City of Ventura.

SAN BUENAVENTURA WOMEN’S CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
The San Buenaventura Women’s Club promotes friendship among its members and supports
social, civic, educational, cultural, and social welfare projects in the community. This
scholarship benefits female students who are residents of the city of Ventura and who will be
transferring to a four-year college or University.

SANDRA HOPE THOMAS ART SCHOLARSHIP
Family and friends of Sandra Thomas established this scholarship in her memory to benefit
an outstanding student majoring in fine arts. Mrs. Thomas was a life-long educator and
Ventura resident with a great appreciation for the arts.

SANTA CLARA VALLEY HEALTHCARE SCHOLARSHIP
The Santa Clara Valley Healthcare Scholarship Committee, created this scholarship to benefit
a student in the VC Nursing program.

SATICOY COMMUNITY CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
Vivian Pham established this scholarship to benefit a student who went to Saticoy
Elementary and Ventura Unified District High Schools or lives in the Saticoy area and
graduated from private or parochial equivalents serving the area.

SCHOLARSHIP READER MERIT AWARD
This scholarship was established by the Scholarship Review Committee to benefit
outstanding students of Ventura College.

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SCOTT DREXEL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Starting in 1973 as a law clerk with the California State Bar Association investigating the
misdeeds of attorneys involved in Watergate, Scott spent his entire 46-year legal career
upholding the high ethical standards expected of those in the legal profession and his post-
secondary education started at a Community College. This scholarship is being awarded for
the very first time this year and benefits students studying law, government, ethics, or
philosophy.

SEEAG CAREER PATHWAYS IN AGRICULTURE SCHOLARSHIP
In its first year being awarded, this scholarship benefits students currently earning a degree
in agriculture with plans to pursue a professional career within the agriculture industry.

SEIJI YOSHIOKA AND MARY PHILLIPS YOSHIOKA SCHOLARSHIP
Seiji and Mary Yoshioka established this scholarship to benefit a re-entry single parent
pursuing a career in nursing.

SEIU LOCAL 99 CLASSIFIED SENATE SCHOLARSHIP*
This scholarship was established to benefit a child, grandchild, dependent or relative of a
Ventura College Classified employee.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON GREEN JOBS INITIATIVE SCHOLARSHIP*
Southern California Edison established these scholarships to serve students studying in a
STEM field with a preference to students pursuing careers with the goal of benefitting the
environment.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON STEM SCHOLARSHIP
Southern California Edison established this scholarship to honor students pursuing a degree
in a STEM field who are transferring to a four-year college or University.

STAN WEISEL PHOENIX SCHOLARSHIP
Stan Weisel created this scholarship to benefit re-entry students whose lives were
interrupted by “life” but have returned to Ventura College to pursue their dreams. Stan sadly
passed away on January 29, 2020 but his love and generosity will forever live through this
scholarship award.

STANLEY PRESCOTT BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP
The Stanley Prescott Business Scholarship was established by a bequest from the Stanley and
Jessica Prescott Estate. Students receiving this scholarship major in Business.

SUSAN M. BUCHTER NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
Luther Tolo created this scholarship to support students pursuing a career in nursing. It was
awarded for the very first time this year.

TAIMI CHAUVEAU NURSING MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The friends and family of Taimi Chaveau established this scholarship in her memory to
benefit students enrolled in the Nursing Program.

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TALLE STANTON SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established from the estate of Talle Stanton in honor of Alpha Gamma
Sigma and the veterans of the Vietnam War who served in the years 1962 and 1963. The
Talle Stanton Scholarship benefits a student studying the health sciences.

TAYLOR FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP*
Richard and Kristin Taylor created this scholarship to benefit a female student majoring in
any field.

TERENCE P. O’NEILL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Terence O’Neill created this scholarship in 1998 to support the students of Ventura College.
He taught Western Civilization and Russian History at Ventura College for 32 years before
retiring. It benefits students majoring in History, Social Science or Economics who plan to
teach.

TIM SUEL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established by the Suel family in memory of Tim Suel, this scholarship benefits students
enrolled in the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) program at Ventura
College pursuing a career in counseling.

TOMMY ANTHONY PARAMEDIC SCHOLARSHIP
Tom and Mary Anthony created this scholarship in honor of the paramedics who saved the
life of their grandson, Tommy. It benefits a student in the Paramedics Studies program.

TONY & RUTH GARCIA SCHOLARSHIP*
Dr. Ronald Garcia established this scholarship in honor of his parents, Tony and Ruth. It
benefits students pursuing a degree in health care who are committed to serving the
Hispanic community.

TOTTEN J. AND FRANCES M. ANDERSON SCHOLARSHIP
Former Ventura College faculty member, Dr. Totten J. Anderson, and his wife Frances
established this scholarship to benefit a student majoring in Political Science or Public Affairs
Major.

TYRONE HERITAGE FOUNDATION DIESEL MECHANICS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is generously funded by the Tyrone Heritage Foundation in support of VC
students currently enrolled in the diesel mechanics program.

VC DREAMERS SCHOLARSHIP
The VC Dreamers scholarship provides financial support to undocumented students who are
committed to learning and pursuing higher education to improve their lives and the lives of
others.

VCSNA PEER ASSISTANCE SCHOLARSHIP
The Ventura College Student Nurses Association established this scholarship to benefit
students entering their third or fourth semester in the Nursing program who are also
members of VCSNA. Preference is given to students demonstrating community service.

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VENOCO, INC. PHOENIX OSHER SCHOLARSHIP*
This scholarship was established by Venoco, Inc. to benefit re-entry students continuing their
education at Ventura College.

VENTURA COLLEGE ACADEMIC SENATE SCHOLARSHIP
These scholarships are funded through the efforts and staff of the Ventura College Academic
Senate. They are awarded to exceptional students who have a 3.0 minimum GPA.

VENTURA COLLEGE FOUNDATION PHOENIX SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is funded through the generous donations of individuals and the Ventura
College Foundation Board of Directors to benefit a re-entry student.

VENTURA COLLEGE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is funded through the generous donations of individuals and the Ventura
College Foundation Board of Directors to benefit students of Ventura College.

VENTURA COLLEGE FOUNDATION VETERANS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by community donors to benefit veteran students.

VENTURA COLLEGE HOLISTIC HEALTH GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established to benefit students who are majoring in Holistic Health
Studies or Alternative Medicine and are transferring to a four-year college or University.
Students who are actively involved with the VC Holistic Health Club may also qualify.

VENTURA COLLEGE HOLISTIC STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP*
This scholarship was established to benefit students who are majoring in Holistic Health
Studies and/or students who are actively involved with the VC Holistic Health Club.

VENTURA COLLEGE MATH & SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP
David Oliver, past Dean of the Ventura College Math & Science Department, established this
award to benefit an outstanding student pursuing a career in the Math or Science.

VENTURA DOWNTOWN LIONS CLUB - FRED W. SMITH ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP*
The Downtown Ventura Lions Club generously donated this scholarship to benefit a
continuing student in any area of study.

VENTURA DOWNTOWN LIONS CLUB - FRED W. SMITH ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Downtown Ventura Lions Club generously donated this scholarship to benefit a
continuing student in any area of study.

VETERANS APPRECIATION SCHOLARSHIP
William J. Scarpino established this scholarship to support a veteran actively seeking
additional education as a means of demonstrating his appreciation for the sacrifice they
made serving our country.

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