Investing in the Future - Saddleback College Scholarships
Excitement fills the air as each new semester begins. Students come to Saddleback College knowing that they are on their way to creating a more successful and fulfilling future. They register for classes, buy their books and supplies, get acquainted with the campus and locate their classrooms. Dreams of transferring to a four year institution or gaining the skills they need to further their careers are formed.
With all of this excitement come many concerns: Am I going to be successful in my classes? How am I going to balance college and my other responsibilities? Will I be able to enroll in the classes I need to graduate? And the biggest one – how am I going to pay for college? With 24% of our student population (approximately 5,000 individuals) qualifying for financial aid - and thousands more who are not eligible for aid but struggle to make ends meet, this is a serious question that many must ask. Fortunately, generous donors have helped many of these students succeed.
Last year, nearly 200 donors contributed almost $510,000 in scholarship dollars to 326 students. It was a record breaking year for Saddleback College Foundation, but there was still a tremendous amount of unmet need. In 2014, the record broke again, with over $720,000 awarded to 405 students.
Lydia Natoolo, Scholarship Recipient, gives a passionate speech about the impact scholarships can make
Some of our 2014 Scholarship Recipients
Saddleback College Jazz Ensemble: Robert Felix, bass; Justin Hershey, piano; Luke Reeder, tenor saxophone; Alan Schneider, tenor saxophone; Elysia Brewer, vocalist.
Read Alexis Petrovich's moving story, recognized at the 2012 Saddleback College Scholarship Ceremony. You may watch a video of her moving speech here