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. The Phoenix Scholarship is designed to assist these students who have minimal or no resources at their disposal for the cost of their education. Re-entry 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.

To be considered for a Phoenix Scholarship, apply via our VC Foundation Scholarship Application. Click here for more information!

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Phoenix Scholarship Recipients - 2017

The Ventura College Foundation recognized 23 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. To date the Phoenix Scholarship program 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, April 13, 2017 at the Wright Event Center, hosted by the Board of Directors, and staff of the Ventura College Foundation.

Recipients listed in alphabetical order: 

Vanessa Apodaca, Rosemary Arroyo, Tracy Bartholomew, JB Bre, Ana Carralejo, Christine Comstock, Shannon Crawford, Patricia Garcia-Martinez, Natalie Gerardi, Terry Hall, Paul Herrera, Lynne Holmes, Kevin Klein, Jennifer Love, Lizbeth Magana, Aurelio Manzanarez, Frances Mcnamara, Eileen Newson, April Nickerson, Claudia Pariso, Jazmine Pinto, Alan Shattuck


Special recognition to the following donors and sponsors for Phoenix Scholarships:
Catherine and Robert Beilin Sandra and Jordan Laby Eleanor and George Tillquist
Heizer Family Aurora Loss Venoco, Inc.
Ruth Hemming Micheline Sakharoff Hal Wasserman
Bill and Elise Kearney Eileen Taylor Stan Weisel


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


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Funding Scholarships

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