2017 Scholarship Ceremony

Press Release

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2017

Contact: Catherine Abbott, 760.245.4271 ext. 2523 or 760.792.2480 catherine.abbott@vvc.edu

Victor Valley College students received $165,000 in scholarships this week
awarded through the Victor Valley College Foundation.

VICTORVILLE, CA – A record number of Victor Valley College students received scholarships this week during the Foundation’s annual Scholarship Recognition Ceremony in the Performing Arts Center.  This year’s scholarship award total increased from 40 donors to more than 55.  In all, approximately $165,000 was awarded to more than 160 VVC students pursuing their educational dreams at Victor Valley College.

Students in the High Desert often struggle to make ends meet. Many work at least part time, are single parents or come from families of modest means.  For these students especially, the cost of college can be a real stumbling block on their way to completion and distract them from their road to success.  This was evident during this year’s student testimonial.  Anthony Jones told the packed house of the Performing Arts Center, how he came to VVC with a less than 2.0 GPA. “No one in my family ever told me I was good enough,” Anthony said. “I want to set the example for my two children who are sitting in the back.”  With the help of the counseling department and support from his instructors, Jones is now well on his way to becoming a nurse and has his sights set on becoming a neurosurgeon.    

“Awarding scholarships tells the recipients we believe in them and can alleviate some real financial challenges,” said Norm Hurst, the Victor Valley College Foundation Scholarship Chairperson. “The Foundation continues to significantly grow the scholarship program.  Since 2014, the Victor Valley College Foundation has increased awards by 41 percent.”

A new endowment was created this year in memory of Carol Pulice.  Carol was a well-known counselor at Apple Valley High School and passed after battling cancer.  Her husband Sam honored her during this year’s ceremony. “Carol never followed the rules and inspired students to go after their dreams and to continue to persevere,” he said.

Carol’s scholarship will be awarded in perpetuity to students who have attended Apple Valley High School and are pursuing a career in education or counseling.

Sam Grandlienard, General Manager for Southwest Gas emceed the ceremony.  Grandlienard is one of the VVC Foundation’s newest members of the Board of Directors.

The Foundation’s program continues to be the leading clearinghouse of scholarship awards for High Desert residents pursing their education at Victor Valley College.  They help nursing students learn to save lives, fuel education for aviation technicians in training and pave the way for transfer students to advance their careers.  In fact, awards are made to students pursuing just about every major the College offers and are typically given to those who demonstrate financial need, community service or academic success.  Applications are accepted at the beginning of the Victor Valley College’s Spring Semester to prepare for the following academic year.

For more information about applying for or awarding scholarships through the Victor Valley College Foundation, visit the Foundation online at www.vvcfoundation.com. In addition to those awarded through this annual scholarship program, the Foundation regularly posts scholarship opportunities available from other sources on its Facebook page. 

The Victor Valley College Foundation is a charitable organization that makes friends and raises funds to help Victor Valley College better serve its students and community.