Phoenix Scholarships


The Phoenix Scholarship Program was established in November 1999 by Ventura College Foundation board members who learned about the special needs of Ventura College re-entry students. These students are individuals who must learn new skills and return to school to do so; or who have chosen to return to school after a break in education.  Many of them have overcome difficult circumstances in order to pursue their studies. The Phoenix Scholarship is designed to meet the needs of these students who have minimal or no resources at their disposal for the costs of their education.


Phoenix Group Photo

Phoenix Scholarship Recipients - 2014

Recipients pictured above (alphabetical order): 

Amanda Adams, Donald Adams, Allison Paige Akrop, Julia Barrios, Kristen Cappellucci, Kathy Caro, Mariesa Chavez, Crystal Coke, Morgan Conner, Dana Espina, Christy Ferguson, Whitney Glidden, Katherine Gronewold, Maria Guerrero, Scott Kosche, Carlos Landeros, James Mallinson, Keith Manson, Sara Medina, April Pentangelo, Jeanette Rennie, Wayne Romans, Christopher Salazar, Amber Shields, Caryanne Shin, Nicole Snyder, Rachel Stark, Lucas Thayer, Kelsey Tribble, Kristen True, Dolores Velasquez, and Sandy Zavala


The Ventura College Foundation recognized 32 students with individual scholarships. The recipients are selected based on their applications, essays, recommendations from counselors, faculty and employers, and individual challenges overcome by these amazing re-entry students. The Phoenix Scholarship program began in 1999 and has recognized more than 190 students and awarded more than $100,000 in individual scholarships.  The scholarships were presented by the Honorable Colleen Toy White at the March 20,2014 event at the Wright Library, hosted by the Board of Directors, and staff of the Ventura College Foundation. 

Special recognition to the following donors for Phoenix Scholarships:

Mary & Tom Anthony Beilin Family Julius Gius Memorial Rotary Foundation Heizer Family Foundation
Ruth Hemming Sungmie & Daniel Jahng Elise & William Kearney Sandra & Jordan Laby
Aurora Loss Barbara Meister Micheline Sakharoff Schneider Family
Eileen Taylor Kristin & Richard Taylor Eleanor Tillquist Venoco, Inc.
Edith Wald Stan Weisel Helen Yunker  

""If you want to lift yourself up, Lift up someone else" ~ Booker T. Washington

To learn more about donating to the Phoenix Scholarship Program please click the following link below: 

Funding Scholarships



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