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2015-2016 Scholarship Awardees
Honored by the Fullerton City Council
$250,000 in Scholarships and Awards in 2015-2016
Presentation made to the Fullerton City Council at their meeting on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by Foundation Executive Director Chuck Allen
"The Fullerton College Foundation is a privately endowed non-profit foundation and we have just completed a very successful scholarship award season. This is our 55th consecutive year of awarding scholarships, grants and loans to Fullerton College students.
In total, the Foundation awarded over $250,000 in scholarships and grants to 300 students including local high school graduates, School of Continuing Education graduates and continuing and graduating/transferring Fullerton College students. These scholarship awards go to students pursuing academic degrees as well as Career Technical Education certificates and degrees.
We provide financial support to students pursuing Associate in Arts degrees, students transferring to CSUF, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCI and many other 4 year institutions as well as students pursuing certificates and degrees in welding technology, printing, theatre arts, construction, automotive, Police Academy and many other career opportunities.
Our scholarship awards include approximately $150,000 in Foundation funds with the remaining funds coming from grants from local corporations and private foundations including Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Co., The Boeing Corporation, the Wilson Phelps Foundation, the Bernard Osher Foundation, The Fullerton Kiwanis Foundation, the Beckman Coulter Foundation and the Waltmar Foundation.
The Foundation utilizes a state-of-the-art online scholarship management system that allows the students to apply once and be considered for all of our scholarships. The Foundation’s scholarship committee, along with over 70 College faculty and staff, spends many hundreds of hours reading and scoring the over 650 student applications. Once the scoring is completed the committees then meet to award the individual scholarships based upon the criteria set by our donors.
We’re very proud of the efficiency and fairness of our application and award process and to the campus-wide involvement of the Fullerton College Faculty and staff. We greatly appreciate the support that we receive from the College and from President Dr. Rajen Vurdien."
On Sept. 29, 2012 the Fullerton College Foundation and Fullerton College celebrated the fifty-third anniversary of the Foundation with the dedication of two new Donor Recognition Walls located in the foyer of the college’s Library and Learning Center along with a tribute to former college president Dr. H. Lynn Sheller. The Foundation was honored to have Paula Sheller Adams and her husband Parks in attendance at the event. Paula Sheller Adams is the daughter of Dr. H Lynn Sheller, President of Fullerton College from 1950 until his retirement in 1969. Dr. Sheller was also the founder of the Fullerton College Foundation in 1959.
For fifty-three years, the Fullerton College Foundation has been serving the needs of Fullerton College Students. During this time, approximately 11,500 Fullerton College students were awarded more than $3.5 million in scholarships, loans and emergency grants. This past May, 325 students received Foundation scholarships. The two recognition walls are dedicated to the donors who have made it possible for these students to succeed in their educational goals. Chuck Allen, Executive Director of the Foundation said that “without the generous support of our local community donors we wouldn’t be able to do the work that we do in helping students stay in school and achieve their educational goals.” Dr. Rajen Vurdien, President of Fullerton College said that “partnerships between the Fullerton College Foundation and its donors ensure that we continue to offer our students a first-rate and well-rounded educational experience.” Fullerton College is one of the oldest California Community Colleges and the top three of transfer institutions in the state. It is also one of the largest providers of workplace training in Orange County.
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The donors and directors of the Foundation are very proud of the Foundation's accomplishments and look forward to continuing Dr. Sheller's legacy of service to the students of Fullerton College for many more years.