Southwestern Foundation Congratulates 2020-21 Scholarship Recipients

Southwestern Foundation Congratulates 2020-21 Scholarship Recipients

Coos Bay, OR – The Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation is proud to congratulate their 2020-21 scholarship recipients. Thanks to generous donors, the organization awarded 107 scholarships totaling more than $160,000 for students attending Southwestern for the upcoming academic year.

“Our students need scholarships more than ever during this challenging year and we owe a huge thanks to our donors for providing them,” said Elise Hamner, Southwestern Foundation Executive Director. “These awards do so much more than just help financially. Students tell us all the time how receiving a scholarship inspires them to achieve their goals and give back to our local community.”

The Southwestern Foundation was established as a scholarship organization in 1962, the year after the college started. Since then, thousands of students have attended the college using Foundation scholarships. Donors who contribute to these scholarships allow students to focus on achieving a college education and high-skill technical training they might not otherwise have the ability to pursue.

In addition to Foundation scholarships, the college reminds families that any 2020 high school graduate with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.75 or higher is potentially eligible for a free two-year tuition waiver worth nearly $9,000 to attend Southwestern. This past year, 31 students from high schools in our college district took advantage of this opportunity. In total, they saved their families $134,000 in tuition costs.

If you are interested in donating to Southwestern Foundation scholarships visit www.socc.edu/foundation/give/ or call 541-888-7209 for additional information.

Southwestern Foundation 2020-21 Scholarship Recipients:

Alexander Ewing Scholarship: Alyssa Hutchings

Andy Toribio Scholarship: Uriel Barrios-Gonzales

Ann Lansing Scholarship: Abbi Myers

Art and Toni Poole Scholarship: Danny Hawthorne, Kara Klietz

Barbara Dodrill Scholarship: Carissa Pefley

Barbara Emily Knudson Scholarship: Stephanie Higgins

Baughman Memorial Apprenticeship Scholarship: Victoria Wallace

Bay Area Sportsman’s Association (BASA) Scholarship: Quinn Allen

Bechtold-Laird Health Care Scholarship: Jake Gerhardt, Sky Solis

Bezzerides Scholarship: Jessica Ambler

Bi-Mart Scholarship: Nathan James

Caddy McKeown Scholarship: Nicholas Turner

Coos Bay Vision Center Scholarship: Imogen Snively

Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary Scholarship: Emily Treskey

Coquille Indian Tribe Scholarship: Miles Wheeler

Dean Muffett Memorial Scholarship: Joshua Olson

DeArmond CTE Scholarship: Emma Bouchat, Taryn Hunt, Skylar Lucas, Lawrence Winowiecki

Dennis and Janet Beetham Family Scholarship: Zachary Warner

Dorothy Heagy Education Scholarship: Chelsea Hendrickson

Ernest L. Frye-Keizer Memorial Scholarship: Caitlin McCullough

Estella Morgan Memorial: Amelia Harvey

Flaxel Family Scholarship: Trenton McGahan

Floyd Ingram Scholarship: Amy Annaloro, Dominque Madison

Hales Family Scholarship: Kayleana Green, Benjamin Hallmark, Logan Jones, Cayanne McKinley, Kristine Reasor

Hedian Swanson Nursing Scholarship: Jaden Justice, Mandy McCaffree

Henry F. and Elva H. Hansen Memorial Scholarship: Mikaela Bjorn

Jack & Margaret S. Dean Scholarship: Hollie Jurkowski

James Reed VanDuzer IV Scholarship: Sean Esperance

John W. Burles Memorial Scholarship: Erica Londagin

Keiser Scholarship for Culinary Excellence: Catherine Brown, Kaitlyn McElroy, Shane Wilder, Jason Wilhite

Kyle Trust Scholarship: Jason Fadely

Laker Legacy Alumni Scholarship: Joseph Greer

Leonard C. Farr Community Service Scholarship: Jasmine Herrera

Linda L. Kallgren Nursing Scholarship: DeAnne Cole

Lisa G. Wampole Memorial Scholarship in Criminal Justice: Aracely Santiago Hernandez

Martin and Suzy Callery Scholarship: Ashlee Imhoff

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship: Jalen Haener

May Virginia Smith VanDuzer Scholarship: Julie Smith

Maybelle M. Olson Scholarship: Rylie Houck

Menasha Legacy Fund Scholarship: Jesus Castillo, Amelia Harvey, Evan Johnson, James Lucero, Cooper Lynn, Helen Respi

Metzger Family Culinary Scholarship: Isaiah Speroni

Metzger Family Nursing Scholarship: Kaila Tripp

Mike Groben Scholarship: Jonel Martinez

Monica Schreiber “Gramma Mo” Scholarship: Maritza Millan-Figueroa

Nature’s Coastal Holiday Ambassador Scholarship: Jason Liddell, Karen Schaefer, April Talbot

Nolan Science and Engineering Scholarship: Bethany Beer

Pacific Orchid Society Scholarship: Kelli Long

Patricia Benetti Memorial Scholarship: Phillip Brazille

Patricia D. and William B. Smullin Scholarship: Kathleen Forrester, Austin Fox

Presbyterian Church of Coos Bay Memorial Scholarship: Eden Chereek, Kaitlyn McElroy

Pringle Scholarship for Curry Student: Sarah Cameron

Randy Carpenter Memorial Foundation Scholarship: Jeremy Potter

Richard and Mary Bateman Scholarship: Mercedes Allen

Roderick H. Morris Scholarship: Jason Wilhite

Sharon Barnett Scholarship: Ashley Watkins

Sheryl Rosenbaum Memorial Scholarship: Jessica Hennick

Shirley Barton Nursing Scholarship: Vera Bernhardt

Sickels Family Rural College Technology Scholarship: Breno Coutinho

Slaney Family Human Services Scholarship: Darrell Donhoff

Slaney Family Scholarship: Shayonna Tripp

Southwestern Foundation Culinary General Scholarship: Sasha Arzner, Owen Baty, Thomas Rogers

Southwestern Foundation General Scholarship: Alyssa Neves, Bethany Rowe

Southwestern Foundation – Curry Campus General Scholarship: Adriann Bracken, Natasha Holmes, Caren Vastine

Southwestern Foundation – Early Bird Scholarship: Dannielle Acosta

Stephens Family Scholarship: Jordan Houck

Student of the Year Scholarship: Jaime Flores-Garcia

SWOCC Classified Scholarship: Kaitlyn Garrett

Ted Ellingson Forestry Scholarship: Quinn Allen

TymByr Culinary Scholarship: Hannah Miner, Brianna Raterman

Uncorking Opportunity! Al Peirce Co. Scholarship: Jesus Castillo

Uncorking Opportunity! Child Care Scholarship: Karli Kinney, Crystal Parry, Oaren Wraye

Uncorking Opportunity! The Mill Casino Scholarship: Maria Carreno

Vernon Brecke Rainbow Bridge Memorial Scholarship: Kaitlyn Heitman

William Lansing Scholarship: Joshua Olson

Woolridge Myrtle Point Scholarship: Kaleen Skinner

Yellow Cab Taxi Scholarship: Micah Tardie



Dr. Ali Mageehon of Southwestern Oregon Community College Chosen for National Presidential Fellowship for Community College Leaders

Dr. Ali Mageehon of Southwestern Oregon Community College Chosen for National Presidential Fellowship for Community College Leaders


40 Aspiring Community College Presidents Will Participate in 2020-21 Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship to Advance Student Success


Coos Bay, OR – The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today announced that Dr. Ali Mageehon, Vice President of Instruction at Southwestern Oregon Community College, is one of 40 leaders selected for the 2020-21 class of the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship. This leadership program will bring highly selected leaders together and prepare them to serve as the next generation of community college presidents who will transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success. 

The Rising Presidents Fellows will embark on a 10-month fellowship beginning in July. Delivered in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative, the fellows will be mentored by esteemed current and former community college presidents who have achieved exceptional outcomes for students throughout their careers, and will learn strategies to improve student outcomes in and after college, lead internal change, and create strong external partnerships with K-12 schools, four-year colleges, employers, and other partners.

“Evidence shows that substantial improvements in student success are achieved only when presidents have the commitment and skill needed to lead change within their institutions and through partnerships in the community,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the College Excellence Program. “These fellows have been chosen because they embody that commitment and, we believe, will build their skills even further to become transformational presidents.”

“Aspen chose only one Oregonian for this fellowship, and Southwestern is thrilled they chose a member of our college,” said Dr. Patty Scott, Southwestern president. “Throughout her career, Ali has dedicated her work to equity, and ensuring all groups of students can access training and education. She’s most passionate about carrying out this work in rural communities, where colleges like Southwestern have the greatest impact in people’s lives,” remarked Dr. Scott.

Dr. Ali Mageehon started as Vice President of Instruction at Southwestern Oregon Community College in May of 2017. Dr. Mageehon has been in Oregon since 2009 and has worked at both Portland Community College and Umpqua Community College. Her career started in GED instruction when she taught at a correctional facility in Colorado. She found her passion for education in rural communities while living and teaching in the Marshall Islands. 

Dr. Mageehon completed a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Denver, a master’s degree in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a doctorate degree in Higher Education with an emphasis in Adult Education from the University of Denver. She has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, as well as has a published monograph on the Value, Belief and Experience in Women’s Jail Based Education.

The Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship responds to the growing need for a new generation of leaders well-equipped to meet the challenges of the future. Nationally, nearly 80 percent of college presidents plan to retire in the next decade. While the traditional pathway to the presidency has excluded women and people of color, the incoming class of Aspen Rising Presidents Fellows comprises 70 percent women and 61 percent people of color and represents institutions of varying sizes and locations.

Together, the 2020-21 fellows are leaders at colleges that collectively serve more than 500,000 students. As well, 42 Rising Presidents Fellowship alumni have become presidents of community colleges that collectively serve an additional 500,000 students nationwide.

Southwestern Oregon Community College is the premier destination on Oregon’s south coast for acquiring transfer degrees, high-skilled job training, and lifelong learning. Our staff and faculty are committed to student success at all levels. Southwestern has the highest graduation and transfer rate among all community colleges in Oregon. Learn more about Southwestern at www.socc.edu.

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program aims to advance higher education practices and leadership strategies that significantly improve student outcomes. Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, and other initiatives, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges’ understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students, especially the growing population of low-income students and students of color on American campuses. For more information, visit highered.aspeninstitute.org and follow us on Twitter at @AspenHigherEd. 

Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative (SELI) strives to help education leaders further develop their ability to transform education systems and drive meaningful change. SELI programs bring together the strengths of Stanford Graduate School of Education and Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well as additional Stanford faculty and resources, to offer multidimensional and immediately impactful professional development programming for practicing leaders in PreK-12, higher education, and policy. By fostering collaboration and building relationships between existing colleagues and among new peers, SELI programs create networks supporting participants’ continued learning and organizational improvement. For more information, visit https://seli.stanford.edu/.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.


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