2012 Great Scholarship Giveaway Recipients

In May, Saddleback College’s foundation, outreach department, and financial assistance department announced the Great Scholarship Giveaway, a scholarship that would be awarded to graduating high school seniors attending school within the South Orange County Community College District service area. Selected students would each receive a scholarship for the equivalent of one full-time semester at Saddleback. The group was pleasantly surprised by the number of applications (50) and also very impressed by the high quality of the applicants. Because there were so many outstanding applications, the representatives from the foundation, outreach department, and financial assistance department had a tough time deciding on the recipients, but they managed to select 14 exceptional scholarship winners. An awards reception will be held in the fall to recognize the recipients.

The 14 recipients are listed below with their high school name, high school GPA, and intended Saddleback College major.

  • Amir Ali, Mission Viejo High School, 4.19, Business Management
  • Keatyn Bucknam, San Juan Hills High School, 4.0, Marine Science
  • Jacqueline Doan, Tesoro High School, 3.9, Biology
  • Erin Kelley, Capistrano Valley High School, 3.89, Child Development and Educational Studies
  • George Widdowson, San Juan Hills High School, 3.73, Engineering
  • Stephen Morris, Aliso Niguel High School, 3.72, Music
  • Sahra Agharezaei, Laguna Hills High School, 3.7, Political Science
  • Haben Mekonnen, San Clemente High School, 3.7, Engineering
  • Rebecca Azeltine, Mission Viejo High School, 3.6, Nursing
  • Austin Purmort, Mission Viejo High School, 3.45, Theatre Arts
  • Alyssa Franklin, San Clemente High School, 3.4, Psychology
  • Francesca Manzo, Capistrano Valley Christian High School, Undecided
  • Brenda Moreno, Mission Viejo High School, 3.3, Nursing
  • Jordan Rdarte, J. Serra Catholic High School, 3.3, Graphics

Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients! We look forward to seeing you next semester!

Community Invited to 12th Annual Gala to Raise Money for Student Scholarships and Campus Programs

Saddleback College invites all community members to the 12th annual foundation gala on Saturday, March 31st at 6:00 p.m. in the college’s gymnasium.  Tickets include gaming, a silent auction, dinner, music, and no-host cocktails.  This year’s theme is “A Glamorous Night of Stars” and will feature a tribute to five local community “stars” who have significantly donated to the college: The Bernard Osher Foundation, Dorothy Marie Lowry, Kia Motors, Linda Richardson Rice, and the Saddleback College Associated Student Government.

The gala will highlight the work of Saddleback students:  Culinary arts students will prepare and serve appetizers and desserts, fine arts students will accompany music instructor Joey Sellers’ jazz band to provide entertainment, event décor is being done by students of the Entertainment and Theatre Technology program, there will be several pieces painted by students that can be purchased, and a graphics class designed several printed pieces for the event.

Tickets are $100 each, $800 for a table of eight, or $1,000 for a table of 10.  Sponsorships for the event are available at two levels, Gold ($5,000) and Silver ($2,500).   For sponsorship opportunities or to reserve your tickets, please visit the event’s website at foundation.saddleback.edu/gala, call 949.582.4479, or email scfound@saddleback.edu.

“One of the most important missions of the Saddleback College Foundation is to raise money for students and the annual gala has always been the cornerstone for student scholarships,” said Donna Varner, President of Saddleback College Foundation Board of Governors. “We are so thankful to our many sponsors, especially our Gold Sponsors — Cox Communications, Mercedes Benz of Laguna Niguel and South County Bank — as well as to every individual and business that donated the wonderful items for the silent auction.”

Saddleback College’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year, Nico Melendez, will also be honored at the gala.  After completing his general education at Saddleback College, Mr. Melendez transferred to Chaminade University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in historical and political studies.  He then earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy State University in 2000. Currently, Mr. Melendez is a professional broadcaster/communicator working for the Transportation Security Administration. An officer in the United States Naval Reserve, Mr. Melendez was named the 66th Assembly District Veteran of the Year in 2011.

The Saddleback College gymnasium is located at 28000 Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to (949) 582-4479, or email scfound@saddleback.edu. Business casual attire is recommended; no jeans, please.

Founding Faculty Member Endows $140,000 toward Student Scholarships

Linda Richardson Rice, a member of Saddleback College’s “first faculty” who started when the college opened its doors to students in 1968, endowed more than $140,000 for scholarships for students who are majoring in or planning a career in education. The first scholarship from Rice’s endowment will be awarded in May and will continue to support students for many years.

In the information provided to the Foundation, Rice wrote that she appreciated the scholarships she received while in college and endowed this money to give future students the same opportunity for a college education. Rice, who passed away in 2010, was a devoted teacher for more than 50 years and joined Saddleback in 1968 as one of the first faculty members, teaching secretarial science. She became an instrumental influence in computer information management, both originating and teaching many computer courses. She taught full-time at Saddleback for 27 years until she retired in 1995. Following retirement, Rice continued teaching part-time for seven years, and then taught emeritus courses until 2010.

Saddleback Receives Donation from San Diego Gas & Electric

SDG&E External Affairs Representative and Foundation Board Member Duane Cave Presents a Check to President Burnett, Foundation Board Member Jim Leach, and Foundation Project Assistant Nancy Cho

A new website to help Saddleback College students find internships will be created in January, thanks to a generous $7,500 donation from San Diego Gas & Electric. The new site will be free to students.

According to the project proposal to SDG&E, in partnership with Irvine Valley College, Saddleback will develop an online internship system that will be accessible to hundreds of employers and more than 40,000 students each semester. The current internship system at Saddleback is successfully utilized by 250 students each semester and this new system is expected to more than double that number.

The free online system will enable employers to quickly fill internship openings, which allow students to obtain valuable work experience in their chosen career fields. The process also allows students who have not chosen a career path to test drive a career.

Saddleback College Foundation Raises Over $1.5 Million for Osher Scholarship Endowment

Saddleback College is pleased to announce that the Saddleback College Foundation raised $794,562 under the statewide Osher Initiative for California Community College Students which combined with $397,281 in matching funds and a lead gift of approximately $335,588 provides an increase of over $1.5 million to the foundation’s scholarship endowment.

Saddleback was tasked by The Bernard Osher Foundation to raise $671,175 over the past three years to receive their matching fund gift, and the college exceeded this goal by raising an additional $123,387 making it one of only 33 colleges out of the 112 California community colleges that met or exceeded its fundraising goal.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, stated, “These scholarships mean the world to our students and I am very proud of everyone in our college community who personally donated and helped solicit donations to this worthy cause.  I am extremely thankful to our Saddleback College Foundation and The Bernard Osher Foundation for believing in community college students and the benefits of a community college education.”

Donna Varner, President of the Saddleback College Foundation, stated, “It is a joy to be able to award scholarships to so many deserving students every year.  This endowment allows us to positively impact more lives than we ever thought possible and everyone in the foundation is grateful to those who donated.”

As a result of this endowment, the foundation awarded 49 additional $1,000 scholarships to deserving students at the college’s annual scholarship ceremony in May, and expects to award over 80 of these scholarships next year and every year in perpetuity.

The Osher scholarship program is a result of an initial $25 million gift and $25 million in potential matching funds from The Bernard Osher Foundation to the Foundation for California Community Colleges to establish an endowment to provide permanent scholarship support to community college students throughout the state.  All told, this unprecedented gift resulted in a permanent scholarship fund that exceeds $67.7 million statewide, enough to fund more than 3,300 scholarships a year, forever.

Saddleback College Foundation Flag Day Ceremony

Please join us for a Flag Day ceremony honoring veterans at the Saddleback College Veterans Memorial. The newest memorial bricks will be revealed and light refreshments will be served.

What: Saddleback College President Tod A. Burnett to Speak

Color Guard Presentation

Wreath-Laying Ceremony

Soloist to Performance of the National Anthem

When:Tuesday, June 14, 2011

11:30 a.m. – Light refreshments will be served

12:00 p.m. – Program Begins

Where: Saddleback College Veterans Memorial, Park in Lot 5

28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, California 92692

For more information, call the Saddleback College Veterans Office, (949) 582-4871