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 Scholarship Recipients - 2015

Recipients listed in alphabetical order: 

Eileen Aparicio, Amanda Ardissoni, Kelley Bray, Christopher Connolly, Erin Francis, Patricia Garcia, Darcy Glasstetter, Robert Hammersley, Heather Julius, Michelle Lopez, Rita Maes, Lisa Magallanes, Victoria Massey, Pamela McCormick, Lorraine Miramontes, Dennis Ordonez, Candice Ortega, Corrine Perez, Brennan Post, Cynthia Rogers, Marina Sanchez, Heather Van Steen, Gregory Vance, Jessica Vazquez, Breonna Velez, Raymond Villalobos, Victoria Voshell, Susana Willeford, Heather Williams, Marc Yale

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 200 students and awarded more than $100,000 in individual scholarships.  The scholarships were presented by Norbert Tan and Anne King at the April 16, 2015 event at the Wright Library, hosted by the Board of Directors, and staff of the Ventura College Foundation. 

Special recognition to the following donors and sponsors for Phoenix Scholarships:

Stan Weisel Eleanor Tillquist Elise and William Kearney
Dr. Ruth Hemming Helen Yunker Kristen and Richard Taylor
Aurora Loss Beilin Family Sandra and Jordan Laby
Eileen Taylor Heizer Family Foundation Rotary Club of Ventura
Edith Wald Venoco, Inc.  


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

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