For the third and final year, the Southwestern Community College Foundation will receive $50,000 in matching scholarship funds from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. Thanks to gifts from scholarship donors, forty more students this year will receive the financial support they need to pursue their education.
Each year for the past three years, the SWOCC Foundation has been challenged to raise $50,000 in new and increased scholarship contributions in order to receive $50,000 in matching funds from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. Thanks to contributions from Foundation supporters, we have met the challenge every year. In three years Miller Foundation has contributed a total of $150,000 to the SWOCC Foundation, while helping raise $150,000 thousand in new and increased scholarship donations. In more tangible terms, 136 SWOCC students will have received Miller Scholarships as a result of this match.
What does this mean for our students & our community? Let’s hear from a few students who received the Miller Scholarship in 2010-2011:
“Thank you for the generous scholarship. This past summer I interned on the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve to reestablish native Olympia Oysters to Coos Bay. My interest is science and my goal is to manage natural resources. “
"I grew up in Coos Bay where I participated in sports. Thank you for the scholarship, it is a big help and allows me to attend school. I plan to earn a degree in human services. “
“I was born in Coos Bay, and plan to obtain my AS/OT in business, and transfer to SOU. I dream of owning my own business. My most sincere gratitude for your generous gift. “
“I grew up in Gold Beach. I have a strong desire to be a nurse. Thank you for your support and kindness.”