Centralia College students benefit from Scholarship Night
A host of Centralia College students will benefit from a record-setting Centralia College Foundation annual campaign.
This year 229 students received at least one scholarship during Scholarship Night held Sept. 20 on the Centralia College campus. Recipients will share more than $550,500 in awards for tuition, books and fees for the coming college year, marking the highest dollar amount ever given by the foundation. Scholarships ranged from several hundred dollars to full tuition and book awards. National Science Foundation scholarships are for up to $10,000.
“This is really an important activity for the foundation,” Julie Johnson, director of Donor and Alumni Relations, said. “Scholarships reward students for high academic achievement, service to the community, and for having the vision that education does make a difference. This is a recognition of the accomplishments of outstanding young men and women as we help them continue their journey of success.” Johnson also praised the overwhelming generosity of donors who this past year “raised the bar significantly.”
Scholarship Night is one of the more important events of the foundation, which annually presents scholarships and other financial aid to a growing number of deserving students. The awards this year included scholarships to high school valedictorians and salutatorians who chose to begin their higher education at Centralia College. Also receiving financial aid were students enrolled in the Centralia College Bachelor of Applied Science in Management Degree program.
During the ceremony the students met with those who helped make the students’ dreams of college a reality. Students this year have enrolled on the heels of state-mandated tuition hikes that have totalled more than 14 per cent over the past two years.
Funding for scholarships comes from established endowments, gifts and contributions from organizations, and from the individual donations of hundreds of people who help students achieve their career education goals.
Scholarship Night is more than just a chance for students and donors to meet each other, according to Johnson. “It’s a moment when both students and donors realize they have a link with each other. It’s no longer an abstract concept to either of them. Scholarship Night is a setting where reality happens and friendships are forged. Scholarship Night is a means of recognizing what an important part the community plays in this effort,” Johnson added.
Anyone wanting more information about making donations or engaging in structured financial support may contact the foundation at 736-9391, ext. 290.