By Janice Eck
Pictures provided by Victor Valley College Foundation
(Victorville)– On June 12, the 2013 Victor Valley College Scholarship Ceremony was held at the campus’s Performing Arts Center, which honored sponsors and recipients for their outstanding efforts and hard work. Scholarships totaled just shy of $100,000 disbursed to 95 students whose hopes and dreams were recognized by their sponsors.
One of the award sponsors, Soroptimist International of Apple Valley (SIAV), awarded 3 scholarships in the amount of $1,500 for transferring students and 1 scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a student remaining at Victor Valley College (VVC). Rose Urena, past President of SIAV, said about the organization, “Our club believes that education is the key to moving girls and women forward into leadership roles in their families, their communities, and the world.”
VVC student, recipient of SIAV’s Live Your Dream Scholarship, Carolyn Meyer, beamed with excitement as she expressed her gratitude for the recognition of all she has done to further her education. When asked in an interview what she did to help her win the scholarship, Meyer answered with all smiles undoubtedly knowing her hard work had paid off, “Kept my grades up. Worked very hard. Took a whole bunch of units. I’ve been working two jobs for the past couple years. I’ve been working very hard.” Meyer looks forward to extending her education in Bio-Engineering as a transfer student to the University of California, Los Angeles and looks even further into her future to Medical School, where she hopes to also complete at UCLA.
Recipient of Victor Valley College Foundation’s Terry Caldwell Scholarship, Justin Kilborn, was accepted into the University of California, Irvine and welcomes the challenge of majoring in Political Science. He aspires to be a lawyer to help defend people who know they made a mistake and want to better their lives, but also knows those who commit a crime should be disciplined accordingly through the United States Justice System, which although he admits has its flaws, he believes strongly in . Through his experience at VVC, he has found a desire to make a difference in the community and is grateful for the support VVC gives their students. He understands he is a better person today than he was when he first begun his college education.
VVC’s scholarship program is extremely student-friendly where at other schools, an application must be completed for each intended scholarship. Ginger Ontiveros, Executive Director of Victor Valley College Foundation, explained VVC’s process in an interview, “The scholarship program is a simple application that’s all done online, so a student applies online and the scholarship system we have matches them with dozens of sponsors who they may qualify for. It streamlines their search for help by putting it all online in one place.”
Students who have a hard time finding direction in their lives often find themselves at a community college for years trying to figure life out. VVC is a great start for those who are uncertain of where they see themselves in the future and may find a path long before they expected. According to Ontiveros, “A lot of them come to the college not really knowing where they’re going in life and not having an opportunity in their past and when they come here, they realize they can succeed and they see a whole lot of opportunity and leave here a lot more hopeful and equipped than when they came.”