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.

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Phoenix Scholarship Recipients - 2016

The Ventura College Foundation recognized 22 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 Phoenix Scholarship Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Wright Library, hosted by the Board of Directors, and staff of the Ventura College Foundation.

Recipients listed in alphabetical order: 

Maribel Aguilar, Donya Bautista, Hanna Candell, Renee Dixon, Carrie Fisher, Julia Jones, Tara Jorgensen, Ana Leon, Scott Logan, Domanique Madrid, Mark Martinez, Anthony McKinney, Aptil Michalski-Toth, Jaclyn Moore, April Nickerson, Marina Sanchez, Alan Shattuck, Jason Shefferd, Morgan Stewart, Miguel Villa, Brittany Ward


Special recognition to the following donors and sponsors for Phoenix Scholarships:
Catherine and Robert Beilin Julius Gius Memorial/Rotary Club of Ventura Eileen Taylor
Maria Fiumerodo Bill and Elise Kearney Kristin and Richard Taylor
Angelica Gonzalez Sandra and Jordan Laby Eleanor and George Tillquist
Barbara Harison Aurora Loss Venoco, Inc.
Heizer Family Micheline Sakharoff Stan Weisel
Ruth Hemming Stacy Sloan Graham


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


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