A prestigious scholarship is helping turn Rebekah Tolopilo’s dream of becoming a physician’s assistant into a reality.
The Mt. San Jacinto College student was one of only 60 selected from a pool of nearly 800 applicants nationwide to receive the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
Rebekah, 21, of Temecula received her scholarship during the 14th annual Student Scholarship Awards Breakfast held May 11, 2010 at the Soboba Country Club in San Jacinto. More than 70 MSJC students were awarded a total of $110,000 in scholarship funds at the event.
Rebekah will receive up to $30,000 a year from the Virginia-based Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to cover educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees, for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree.
She said she is grateful for the scholarship.
“There are four of us kids. We’ve never been in want, but we just don’t have a whole lot of money to put toward a college education,” Rebekah said.
The MSJC Foundation Scholarship Breakfast was generously sponsored by the Soboba Casino and Tri Lakes Consultants.
While Rebekah’s scholarship came through an outside source, more than 200 students applied directly to the MSJC Foundation for scholarships this year, twice the number of students who applied in 2010. Scholarship awards are based on a person’s academic metric and financial needs. The MSJC Foundation Scholarship Committee is made up of dedicated Foundation board members who review each application and select the recipients.
Karen Scott, 36, of Hemet received a $1,000 through the MSJC Foundation. The scholarship means she can turn in her waitressing apron and focus on her studies at MSJC to become an RN.
“I think it’s going to change my life dramatically,” Scott said. “Not only being able to help other people, but also it’s going to help my husband daughter and I. We’ll be more secure, have health insurance. We won’t have to struggle as much.”
The funds can be used for tuition, books, school supplies or equipment. The MSJC Foundation accepts donations for scholarships throughout the year.
The scholarship donors were: A Second Chance Scholarship; American Association of University Women (AAUW); Alice Jean Turner; Assistance League of Hemacinto; Bert & Alice Cutting; Charles & Norma Opie Endowment; Charles Rohr Memorial; Delta Kappa Gamma; Doyle Memorial; Dr. E. Stoddard Music; Dr. Milo P. Johnson Memorial; Emma J. Hammagren, F.G. Borin; G Borin; G. Reed; Gary L/ Tyler Memorial; Gene Lombard Scholarship; Glenn Steinback Memorial; Golden Era; Harold G. Heller Memorial; Heffner Memorial; Henry O. Cassle; J. Simpson Memorial; Jennifer Daniel Memorial; Kit Longe Scholarship; Marion Applegate; McAtee Scholarship; McQueen Nursing; Mildred E. Hight; Mina Pennick Perpetual; NOLUR; P & H Iverson; Paul E. Tibbetts Memorial; President’s Pooled; Rohrabacker Memorial; Rosemarie Ramos Scholarship; Sandi Saraydarian Memorial; Silvia Shirko Estate; Sun Lakes Scholarship; Temecula Valley Women’s; The Art Brostrand Memorial; Tony Silva Scholarship; Valley PEO; Victorina T. Edora; Warren & Olga Schultz; Waterhouse Edwards; Weinstein Perpetual; William Billion Memorial; William Pemberton; WM Sprowl Memorial; Zena Sharp Memorial.
The Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 corporation that broadens the educational opportunities of its students. Established in 1983, it is designed to receive gifts for the college from individuals, corporations and foundations.
Since the Foundation was formed, more than $1,000,000 in scholarships and book loans have been awarded. Also, donations have provided instructional equipment and facility improvements. Throughout the college district, the Foundation continues to actively solicit support from donors for each of the college's two campuses.
There are as many different ways to support Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation as there are needs for your support. They include the President’s Club, the Alumni & Friends Association, the Legacy Society, and the Scholarship program. We invite you to explore the website at www.msjc.edu/foundation to learn how you can be a part of shaping and developing the future of Mt. San Jacinto College.
Or, call 951-487-3171 for more information.