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Southwestern Foundation Congratulates 2021-22 Scholarship Recipients

Southwestern Foundation Congratulates 2021-22 Scholarship Recipients

The Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation is proud to congratulate their 2021-22 scholarship recipients. Thanks to generous donors, the organization awarded 176 scholarships totaling more than $264,000 for students attending Southwestern for the upcoming academic year.

“This support is incredibly helpful for our college and students. We are awarding more scholarships this year than ever before, at a time our students are trying to get their lives back on track,” said Elise Hamner, Southwestern Foundation Executive Director. “Scholarships help erase worry, so these students can focus on achieving goals and training for careers. I can’t say enough how much we appreciate donors who are there for students year after year. When Southwestern’s students succeed, it’s a win for students and our local communities.”

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 inspire students to achieve their goals and give back to our community.

In addition to Foundation scholarships, the college reminds families that any 2021 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 more than $9,100 to attend Southwestern. Program-specific tuition waivers may also be available. This past year, 28students from the ten high schools in the college district took advantage of the GPA award opportunity. In total, they saved their families $124,740 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.

Southwestern Foundation 2021-22 Scholarship Recipients*:

*Note: Some scholarship recipients request their award not be listed publicly. The Foundation respects their privacy by not including them on this list.

Andy Toribio Scholarship: Maci Flaherty

Ann Lansing Scholarship: Shanna Cannon

Art and Toni Poole Scholarship: Therese Holm, Koby Sewall

Barbara Dodrill Scholarship: Cynthia Devouassoux, Jennifer Dietz, Kayla Johnson

Barbara Emily Knudson Scholarship: Stephanie Higgins

Baughman Memorial Apprenticeship Scholarship: Brogan Markel

Bay Area Sportsman’s Association (BASA) Scholarship: Jacob Dukovich

Bechtold-Laird Health Care Scholarship: Amy Annaloro, Daryna Semenchuk, Mariia Semenchuk

Bezzerides Scholarship: Edgar Romero

Boynton English Scholarship: Jason Liddell

Christine Moffitt Science Scholarship: Kyle Burton, Jesus Castillo, Katherine Davis, Zachary Dickinson, Evelyn Ethington

Clyde and Jackie Cherry Memorial Scholarship: Juan Caballero, Natasha Holmes

Coos Bay Vision Center Scholarship: Sara Torkelson

Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary Scholarship: Kristin Mayer

Coos County Realtor Scholarship: Trevor Monk

Coquille Indian Tribe Scholarship: Allison Meyer

Dean and Jane Muffett Memorial Scholarship: Conor Heckard, Savannah McHugill

DeArmond CTE Scholarship: Emma Bouchat, Katherine Duncan, Sabastian Foucher, Jeremy Potter

Dennis and Janet Beetham Family Scholarship: Garrett Baird, Ethan Carpenter, Lloyd Crawford, Aidan Lilienthal, Damian Lilienthal, Andrew Okamoto, Terren Piburn, Carmen Samuels, Zachary Warner, Jordan Wilson

Dorothy Heagy Education Scholarship: Linda Robbins

Ernest L. Frye-Keizer Memorial Scholarship: Jasmine Herrera

Estella Morgan Memorial Scholarship: Khristina Fulkerson

Flaxel Family Scholarship: Kiya Weatherly

Floyd Ingram Scholarship: Hunter Betzinger, Jessica Collins, Luzmar Giraldo Torrealba, Bryan Osorio, Lindsey                Putman

Forty & Eight Bobby L. Fraser Memorial Nursing Scholarship: Adolfo Rodriguez

Hales Family Scholarship: Alana Bridges, Jace Haagen, Bethany Rowe, Maya Salazar, Shayonna Tripp

Hedian Swanson Nursing Scholarship to Promote Respect for Cultural Diversity in Health Care: Sean Esperance, Mandy McCaffree

Henry F. and Elva H. Hansen Memorial Scholarship: Ellis Barnts

ILWU Local 12 Scholarship: Kaitlyn Dubisar

Jack & Margaret S. Dean Scholarship: Weston Jennings, Nicholas Turner

James and Hope Sessums Scholarship: Connor Spanos

James Reed VanDuzer IV Scholarship: Andrew Evans

John W. Burles Memorial Scholarship: Camryn Guzman, Rhylee Sinks

Keiser Scholarship for Culinary Excellence: Max Myrick, Mitchell Woodbury

Kirk Jones Scholarship: Everett Chandler

Kyle Trust Scholarship: Carly White

Laker Legacy Alumni Scholarship: Brooke Aldrich

Leonard C. Farr Community Service Scholarship: Ashley Watkins

Linda L. Kallgren Nursing Scholarship: Jake Gerhardt

Lisa G. Wampole Memorial Scholarship in Criminal Justice: Cynthia Devouassoux

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship: Jalen Haener, Gabrielle Smit

Mary, Kate and Cap Sharples Scholarship: Trisha Dreyer

Maxine Smith Scholarship: Moriah Koch

May Virginia Smith VanDuzer Scholarship: Rebecca Healy

Maybelle M. Olson Scholarship: Kristin Kirchgesler, Joslyn Soinila

Menasha Legacy Fund Scholarship: Taylor Beeks, Khristina Fulkerson, Aria Mays, Kaliakeanukoaki McCabe, Jacob Mitchell, Kelsey Seabourn

Metzger Family Culinary Scholarship: Isaiah Speroni

Mike Groben Scholarship: Bridger Holmes, Jonel Martinez

Nancy Douglas Memorial Scholarship: Trisha Dreyer

New Beginnings for Tribal Students Scholarship: Marcus Lemos, Philip Metz, Emma Yazzie, Kalieyah Boyd, Sonia Haro, Cheyenne Mitchell

Norma Kyle Cain Memorial Nursing Scholarship: Drew Diefenbaugh, LaShawn Rodriguez

Opportunity Links! Chambers Construction Scholarship: Jett Nelson

Opportunity Links! Johnson Controls Scholarship: Shjon Petersen

Opportunity Links! West Coast Contractors Scholarship: Kayla Wyatt

Pacific Orchid Society Scholarship: Jesus Castillo

Patricia Benetti Memorial Scholarship: Elena Smith

Patricia D. and William B. Smullin Scholarship: Eden Chereek, Kathleen Forrester, Mandy McCaffree

Presbyterian Church of Coos Bay Memorial Scholarship: Beth Castro, Julia Graves, Natalie Moss, Andrea Pedrini

Pringle Scholarship for Curry Student: Amy Vick

Randy Carpenter Memorial Foundation Scholarship: Tyler Easter

Roderick H. Morris Scholarship: Mitchell Woodbury

Sandra Martinez & Carrie Kralicek Selfless Act Nursing Scholarship: Erica Londagin

Sharon Barnett Scholarship: Kijana Gantenbein

Sheryl Rosenbaum Memorial Scholarship: Chrysalis Davis

Shirley Barton Nursing Scholarship: Kayla Wyatt

Sickels Family Rural College Technology Scholarship: Yazan Al Jaouni, Kasey Saadat

Slaney Family Human Services Scholarship: Gabrielle Smit

Slaney Family Scholarship: Skylar Lucas

Southwestern Foundation Culinary General Scholarship: Rachel Berry, Azurdee Clark, Grace Doney, Lindsay                Duckett, Kaleb Hoffman, Christa Jolley, Brandon Partosan, Taylor Ramsey, Morgan Steele

Southwestern Foundation General Scholarship: Kimberly Abarca Pacheco, Abel Ailon-Cinto, Sasha Arzner, Averi Carroll, Keziah Cochran, Mackenzie Dimond, Jacob Dukovich, Jesse Flannery, Joseph Greer, Brody Harnden, Benjamin Hernandez-Cobian, Katie Horn, Noah Kegley, Moriah Koch, Rainey Lambert, Rylee Nelson, Jenifer Risenhoover, Landon Rodriguez, Karina Rosales-Osorio, Jullianna Saint Hilaire, Jacob Thompson, Logan Todd, Jamie Tomlinson, Brandon Usry, Amy Vick

Southwestern Foundation – Curry Campus General Scholarship:  Averi Carroll, Shanon Cowan, Juan Ruiz-Medina, Fabian Zamora Forno

Southwestern Foundation – Early Bird Scholarship: Natalie Osborne

Stephens Family Scholarship: Lydia Evans

Student of the Year Scholarship: Stephanie Sell

SWOCC Classified Scholarship: Dylan Boice

TymByr Culinary Scholarship: Zoey Nelson, Pierce Simmerman

Vernon Brecke Rainbow Bridge Memorial Scholarship: Dylan Boice

Vernon C. and Jean G. Sorenson Scholarship: Paige Hinkel

William Lansing Scholarship: Kara Klietz, Kameron Stading

Woolridge Myrtle Point Scholarship: Heavenlee Reynolds

Yellow Cab Taxi Scholarship: Drew Wilson

 

Bandon Women honor a dedicated alum and inspiring teacher

Bandon Women honor a dedicated alum and inspiring teacher

Coos Bay, OR – The community giving group 100 Strong Bandon has joined with Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation to help students succeed, making a $2,375 donation to the Barbara Dodrill Scholarship. 

It all started with a friend of Dodrill’s who wanted to honor the retired educator and good friend. Lynn Kellogg got to know Dodrill on a Habitat for Humanity trip to Guatemala years ago. She so admired her that while attending a Foundation scholarship event in 2019, Kellogg decided to create a one-time scholarship in Dodrill’s name.

Fast forward to August 2020 and Dodrill’s 93rd birthday. Her friends scheduled a drive-by birthday event in front of Dodrill’s Bandon home. Rather than give gifts, they encouraged friends and admirers to donate to the scholarship here at Southwestern. Soon, 100 Strong Bandon joined the fun.

The women’s volunteer group meets four times a year to raise funds for nonprofit charities that benefit Bandon-area residents. The group’s members chose to honor Dodrill, because she positively impacted many people over the years.

Helping students succeed

Having enrolled in college when she was 40, Dodrill went on to get her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She soon returned to SWOCC and in 1972 began teaching business and accounting. She earned recognition over four decades as an innovative instructor, retiring at 80. Early in her teaching career, she developed an office simulation course, and later she created accounting-focused computer training for her students.

After retiring from the college, she jumped into a real estate career for another five years. To this day, she occasionally meets former students in line at the grocery story and is pleased to see success in their lives. All the more reason Dodrill has been delighted by the new scholarship and community support around education.

 “I absolutely loved teaching,” Dodrill said. “The important thing in life is education – education for our young people and seeing that future.”

Barbara Dodrill, retired SWOCC instructor

Neighbors helping neighbors

The scholarship will assist two female college students 21 years or older demonstrating financial need. First priority for the scholarship is for a Bandon female resident.

“100 Strong Bandon is excited to support the Barbara Dodrill Scholarship at SWOCC. We believe this is an important tool to empower older female students from Bandon and help them succeed in their field of study, while honoring a Bandon role model,” said Julie Miller, group co-founder. “If we can mitigate the cost barrier of education for a student, we are thrilled to do so. Our goal is to make an impact on the lives of our local residents.” 

These Bandon fundraising women are ensuring their community thrives in the future, too. Since the group’s founding in May 2017, members have contributed more than $42,000 and many volunteer hours to local charities benefiting Bandon residents – all accomplished in quarterly one-hour meetings.  Founders Julie Miller and MaryAnn Soukup are excited about the impact of these funds within the community and spreading the idea of neighbors helping neighbors. 

 To find out more about 100 Strong Bandon, go to www.bandon.com/100-strong.  To support scholarships at SWOCC, go to www.socc.edu/give

 

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

 

 

Culinary training opens door to Bandon Dunes resort

Culinary training opens door to Bandon Dunes resort

Imagine a career where your office is a kitchen.

Every day, that’s precisely where Maria Gutierrez goes – into her grill station “office” in one of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort’s restaurants.

 “It was definitely a wonderful experience coming to OCCI. I learned everything I needed to work in a restaurant,” Maria said.

Maria grew up in a family who cooked together. The youngest of four children, she remembers at age 4 being in the kitchen helping her grandma and her mom. They encouraged her every day, as did her step-father. He served up an idea and the encouragement she needed to imagine a career in the culinary industry.

“He’d tell me, ‘You could be one of those chefs on a cruise ship,” she said.

Scholarships and tuition waiver helped

She believed and worked hard in high school, graduating with an overall GPA above 3.75. That high GPA made her eligible for a partial tuition waiver to the Culinary Institute. With that help she enrolled at Southwestern, moved into student housing and even sought a part-time job at Bandon Dunes, knowing she had to study, pay bills and loans, and be responsible.

Hard work, focus and dedication paid off. Maria moved to top of her OCCI class, and Executive Chef Don McCradic at Bandon Dunes noticed her.

“Bandon Dunes and OCCI’s partnership has been a success story from the beginning and Maria’s passion for the industry has helped her excel during the externship program,” said Chef McCradic. “Our team is very proud she was the first recipient of the scholarship. I look forward to seeing where her accomplishments take her.”

Chef McCradic challenged Maria, and more he’s helped her gain the confidence needed in a competitive industry.

“Chef is always watching. He’s great,” she said. “He’s encouraging. He lets you know you’re doing well.”

Just like her family.

Next step: Job at Oregon’s premier golf resort

Maria’s long-term goal is to gain a managerial position as a Sous Chef. She initially imagined staying at Bandon Dunes for another two years and has four restaurant areas to choose from – The Gallery, Pacific Grill, McKee’s Pub and Trails End. She said, now, she could envision staying longer. And, she’s thinking about the possibilities of not just being a chef at the premier resort in Bandon, but perhaps working at management company Kemper Sports’ other locations around the country.

“There’s so much opportunity, if you try your hardest and never settle for mediocrity,” Maria said. “If you want to go to culinary school, you’ve got to be all in and committed.”

Being “all in” is what it takes to earn the opportunity to apply for and win a Keiser Scholarship for Culinary Excellence at Southwestern.

 

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