MSJC Fall Scholarship Luncheon Recognizes 58 Students

November 20, 2014

Nearly $60,000 in scholarships was awarded during the Nov. 19 event

Four students from Mt. San Jacinto College benefited from the addition of three new scholarships through the MSJC Foundation during the fall awards ceremony held Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.

The annual President’s State of the College Luncheon and Fall Scholarship Awards Ceremony, which in previous years was held at the Menifee Valley Campus, was moved to the Menifee Lakes Country Club to accommodate the growing number of students benefitting from scholarships. In all, 57 students received scholarships totaling $58,391 during the event.

MSJC student Oxana Foster became the first student to receive the Joanne Hinchliff Memorial Scholarship. MSJC Foundation Board Member Sherri Domenigoni created the scholarship after Hinchliff, one of MSJC’s first professors, died earlier this year. The Alma Brook Memorial Scholarship, new to the MSJC Foundation, was awarded to students Brandi Koch and Rodrick Williams. And Lance Rodriguez is the first student to be awarded the Joan Sparkman Scholarship. Sparkman, a former member of the MSJC Board of Trustees, presented the award to Rodriguez, a military veteran, and thanked him for his service to the country.

During the event, MSJC Superintendent/President Roger Schultz provided guests with a State of the College presentation. He covered the demographics of the district’s students and announced that the district will offer more summer classes in 2015. He said student success numbers are climbing and talked about awards the district has received.

Other highlights included:

  • Passage of Measure AA, the $295 million facilities bond
    Next steps for the MSJC board: prioritize projects and work on the formation of a citizen’s oversight committee.
  • Trustee Ann Motte re-elected for Trustee Area 4
  • Trustee Gwendolyn Schlange retiring from the Board after 20+ years of service
  • Bill Zimmerman beginning first term in December 2014
  • Military Friendly School designation for 2015 from Victory Media Inc., a veteran-owned business founded in 2001
  • MSJC among theTop 100 associate degree producers in the nation from Community College Week
  • Opening the Temecula Higher Education Center
  • Partnership with Cal State San Marcos
  • Escrow on 80 acres in Wildomar for a campus.

President’s State of the College Luncheon and Fall Scholarship Awards Ceremony 2014

Scholarship recipients were:

Shehnaz Aguilar
Celebije Alija
Michael Bohm
Jessica Cayton
Noelle Cruz
Jesus De La Cruz
Timothy Diaz
Oxana Foster
Kristen Hardcastle
John Higby
Marcelina Jimenez
Alex Kangethe
Kylie Gardner
Adolfo Gonzalez
Brandi Koch
Sam Leary
Teresa Leon
Maria Lopez
Ronald Makowsky
Dana McLead
Amanda Miller
Nicole Minnis
Amanda Moffitt
Brain Nicolosi
Joseph Page
Arryonna Pinkney
Alyssa Reina
Lance Rodriguez
Sergio Saucedo
Ursula Simonoski
Erica Shappie
Curtis Smith
Karyn Smith
Rachel Stoutjesdyk
Jacob Swanson
Sayed Thurab
Andy Trang
Alejandra Tavarez
Ariana Vargas
Stephaine Vasquez
Tiffany Velasco
Candice Weldon
Rodrick Williams
Nathan Wilson
Ryan Winters
Coleman Wiseman