College scholarship recipients, donors gather for recognition reception

Southern California Edison STEM Scholarship reciient Brett Saucedo, left, meets with Anna Frutos-Sanches during the 2019 Scholarship Donors Reception held at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center at College of the Canyons Valencia campus on Wednesday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Recipients of the College of the Canyons Foundation scholarships, and the donors who helped make them possible, gathered in the on-campus University Center on Wednesday for a reception at the college.

The reception is held every year in an effort to connect students with the contributors who supported their studies.

So far in 2019, the college and its foundation have awarded 330 scholarships to 289 students that have totalled $296,280, according to school officials. This represents a nearly 23 percent increase from 2018, when the foundation gave out more than $240,000 in scholarships.

“That’s the highest number of scholarships ever awarded and that’s because of the donors in this room,” COC Chancellor Dianne Van Hook said during a speech at the reception. “And I want to tell you donors that it doesn’t matter how much the scholarship is. For our students, every dollar matters.”

Van Hook added that the donors should be proud of the difference they are making in students’ lives, and not just because of the financial impact, but also the belief that they are instilling in the students they’ve selected as recipients.

That’s one aspect that is more important than the dollars, Van Hook said. “No one gets to where they want to be without help from others. We don’t travel our path alone and that is true of our students, as well.”

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