The Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation is pleased to congratulate the 2023-24 Curry County scholarship recipients. Thanks to generous donors, the organization awarded 27 scholarships totaling $29,000 for students attending college from Curry County the upcoming academic year.

“Scholarships often make the difference between students pursuing their education or not,” said Elise Hamner, Southwestern Foundation Executive Director. “A scholarship is not just financial aid. Our students tell us that receiving a scholarship inspires them, because they know someone cares about their future and wants them to succeed. That’s powerful.”

Guided by a board of community volunteers, the Southwestern Foundation organized as a nonprofit organization in 1962, the year after the college started. Since then, thousands of students have attended the college using Foundation scholarships. These awards help students achieve their goals, by breaking down barriers, and cultivating the next generation of leaders, thinkers and innovators in local communities, the state and around the world.


Southwestern Foundation 2023-24 Curry County Scholarship Recipients:


Ann Lansing Scholarship Viridiana Penaloza
Cherie J. Mitchell Scholarship Benjamin McQuaid
Clyde and Jackie Cherry Memorial Scholarship Fund Natasha Holmes
Curry Campus General Scholarship Marshall Dickson
Jayme Larson
Rosemarie Springer
Curry Health-Related Scholarship Regina Alvarez
Samantha Mellow
DeArmond CTE Scholarship Sonia Haro
Maxine Smith Scholarship Alyssa Skillett
Mike Groben Scholarship Steven Scruggs
Opportunity Links! Roseburg Forest Products Scholarship Citlali Gonzalez
Pringle/Cunningham Scholarship for Curry Student Amy Vick
Shirley Barton Nursing Scholarship Viridiana Penaloza
SWOCC Foundation Board General Scholarship Bryce Bales
Kaytlin Burdett
Saron Cruz
Brooke Gray
Melissa Keyes
Hailey Knedel
Kylie Shaw-Kamehaiku
Gabrielle Zellmer
SWOCC Foundation: Judy Ann Mogan Scholarship Miriam Glasband
The Friends of the Curry Public Library James Boyle Memorial Scholarship Samantha Mellow
Uncorking Opportunity! DB Western Scholarship Monica Thompson
*Note: Some scholarship recipients request their award(s) not be listed publicly. The Foundation respects their privacy by not including them on this list.


In addition to Foundation scholarships, the college can potentially assist families of current high school graduates with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.75 or higher with a free two-year tuition waiver worth more than $9,800 to attend Southwestern. This past year, 44 students from the 10 high schools in the college district took advantage of the GPA award opportunity. In total, they saved their families nearly $150,000 in tuition costs.


If you are interested in donating to Southwestern Foundation scholarships visit www.socc.edu/give or call 541-888-7211 for additional information.


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