More than $100,000 in scholarships were awarded at the event
The Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation awarded 134 students scholarships in 2011-12 during the 15th annual Scholarship Breakfast in May.
The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians awarded student Tiffany Arviso a $250 scholarship.
Hemet resident Debbie Leslie was the featured speaker at the breakfast held on May 17 at the San Jacinto Campus. She suffered a stroke at work in October of 2010 and could not walk, talk or move. Nurses advised her (adult) children that she may have to live in a convalescent home but Debbie said her heart’s desire was to not give up.
“I am not a typical college student in age or preparation,” Leslie told the students and guests. “Being a returning student of 50-plus years of age, I cannot afford to be indecisive about knowing what I want to be when I grow up. I am working on my AA degree in Allied Health, as well as the certification programs here at MSJC.”
She has had an interest in the healthcare field for many years and knows the impact the medical profession has on people’s lives. Leslie spent two weeks in the hospital and can’t recall much except the wonderful hospital staff attending to her needs and caring for her.
“My motivation to get well has consisted of winning little struggles each day and moving on but my motivation came from despair,” she said. “I did not want to spend my life cared for by others when I felt capable of handling my own affairs. Love and caring put a smile on my face each day. I knew I could muster the will to improve.”
Leslie started attending MSJC two years ago and was awarded her first scholarships: $1,000 from the Assistance League of Hemacinto and $550 from funds raised at the fourth annual MSJC Foundation Gala.
“It means the world to me to think that someone out there is willing to assist me and others to further their goals,” she said. “I embrace the good in life and in others. I see what little things can do to impact a change of attitude or behavior. This helps me to focus my attention to the good.”
Three Pass area residents were awarded the Sun Lakes Charity Scholarship through the MSJC Foundation. The students are:
Jose Jimenez was awarded the Sun Lakes Charity Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. His brother Heriberto Jimenez received $500. Kim Darasouk also received $500.
The Jimenez brothers come from family of MSJC alumni. Their mother, Sharon Smith, received five degrees from MSJC.
The Rotary Club of Menifee awarded $750 in individual scholarships to four students:
Wildomar resident Joseph Stacy, who also won the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship;
Katherine Hayes, of San Jacinto; Jessica Erivez, of Hemet; and Noelle White, of Hemet.
In all, of $109,412 in scholarships were awarded during the Scholarship Breakfast. The MSJC Foundation awarded $38,107. Community Donors awarded $41,305.The prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, which is given to only 60 students nationwide, awarded $30,000 to MSJC student Joseph Stacy.
The MSJC Foundation is a non-profit corporation that helps support the college and students. Scholarship awards are based on a student’s academic merit and financial needs. The funds can be used for tuition, books, school supplies or equipment. The MSJC Foundation accepts donations for scholarships throughout the year and can be reached at www.msjc.edu/foundation or by calling 951-487-3171.
Special Thanks to Scholarship Donors: Assistance League of Hemacinto, Assistance League of Temecula Valley, AAUW of Temecula Valley, Art Brostrand Memorial, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Rudd & Romo, A 2nd Chance, Bonnie Powell Memorial, Claire Broyles Memorial, C.W. Driver, CR&R, Charles Rohr Memorial, Delta Kappa Gamma, Doyle Memorial, Dr. Johnson Endowment, EOPS and CARE Scholarship, Golden Era Scholarship, Emma J. Hammagren, Francis Domenigoni Family Trust, Gary L. Tyler Memorial, Gene Lombard Scholarship, Glen Steinback Memorial, Harold G. Heller Memorial, Heffner Memorial, Henry O. & Elizabeth Cassel Memorial, Inland Empire Scholarship, Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, J. Simpson Memorial, Jeff Stone Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor, Jennifer Daniel Memorial, Kay Doyle Memorial, Kennadine Turner Memorial, LPA, Marion Ashley Riverside County 5th District Supervisor, McAtee Endowment, McQueen Nursing, Mildred Hight Memorial, Mina Pennick Perpetual, Menifee Rotary Club Scholarship, Menifee Women’s Club, MSJC Foundation Gala, Nolur, P & H Iverson, Paul E. Tibbetts Memorial, Pechanga Band of Mission Indians, Peter Fritz Memorial, President’s Pooled Scholarship, Roy Mason Memorial, RPC Capital Markets Scholarship, Sandy Saraydarian, Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, Southern California Gas Company, Sun Lakes Charity Scholarship, Temecula Valley Women’s Club, Toni Silva Memorial, Valerie Sidlin Memorial, Valley PEO, Victorina Edora-Kirklin, Warren and Olga Schultz Memorial, “Kit” Longe Stewart, Waterhouse Edwards, William Billion, Will Sparkman Memorial, William Pemberton, Winnie Edwards Memorial, Zampi, Determan & Erickson, LLP, Zena Sharp Memorial.
Student recipients were: