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Columbia College Foundation Plans Promise Scholarship Opportunity

Columbia College Foundation plans Promise Scholarship opportunity

The Columbia College Foundation is pleased to announce an exciting new scholarship opportunity for local high school seniors enrolling at Columbia College beginning in fall 2018.  This new program, the Columbia College Promise Scholarship, will make it possible for every qualified local public high school graduate to attend Columbia College fulltime, tuition free, for two consecutive semesters if they enroll immediately after graduation.  The program will be a three year pilot, funded by gifts from individuals and community partners who care deeply about education for our local youth.

The Promise Scholarship program will remove the tuition barrier that often stops promising young high school graduates from pursuing their education while connecting them to support services to help ensure success.  Once implemented, the program will increase the number of local high school graduates who attend Columbia College, thereby boosting the population of workforce-ready young adults who complete a degree, certificate or training program, or successfully transfer to a 4-year college.

Reflecting on the possible impact of this program, Columbia College President Dr. Angela Fairchilds remarked that “when Columbia College opened its doors 50 years ago, our founders had a dream of making education available and accessible to all our local youth.  The Promise Scholarship does just that by welcoming all local high school graduates to continue their education, tuition free, at Columbia College. “

Schools included in the program are:  Sonora Union High School District, Summerville Union High School District (including Connections Academy and Gold Rush Charter School), Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District, Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Alternative Education and Bret Harte High School in Calaveras County.

To qualify for the first year of the Promise Scholarship, a student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a 2018 graduate from a public Tuolumne County high school or Bret Harte High School in Calaveras County. Graduates in 2019 and 2020 will be eligible in the fall semester immediately after they graduate.
  • Reside within the boundaries of the Yosemite Community College District.
  • Apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) prior to completing the Promise Scholarship application.
  • Enroll at Columbia College for Fall 2018 as a full time student carrying at least 12 units.

Additional information will be posted on the Columbia College website and Facebook pages, and will be available to families in fall 2017, through their school counselors.

Contributions for the Promise Scholarship program and other Foundation projects are always welcome.

To join the effort or learn more, contact Amy Nilson, Director of Development at Columbia College at (209) 588-5055 or or visit

Columbia College Foundation, founded in 1972, is a nonprofit organization that promotes quality higher education that enriches the academic, economic, and cultural life of our community. The mission is to promote student success by providing community resources that support and expand educational opportunities for Columbia College students.

CC Foundation Board Members

Columbia College Foundation Board of Directors (from left) Front row: Rosetta Bannwarth, Margie Bulkin. Middle row: Louise Goicoechea, Colette Such, Lee Ann Fox, Jan Verhage, Judy Myers, Janice Nelson. Back row: Jim Roeber, Bill Dunlavy, Stephanie Suess, Kenan McDonald, John Freer, Jeff Phillips, Charles Segerstrom, Del Hodges.


Columbia College has named 184 students to the spring 2017 semester President’s List. We are pleased to officially recognize their exceptional scholastic achievement.

This acknowledgment is reserved for students completing twelve or more units of semester coursework at Columbia College and earning a cumulative grade point average between 3.5 and 4.0, with no grade lower than “C.”

Columbia College spring 2017 President’s List students are listed below by city.

Michael Keller Altaville
Trenton Bennett Angels Camp
Justin Clemens Angels Camp
Ashlen Mayben Angels Camp
Erica Roberts Angels Camp
Christian Wilson Angels Camp
Jeremiah Wilson Angels Camp
Ronald Hawkins Arnold
Kathleen Stone Arnold
Gwendolyn Craig Big Bear City
Connor Malloy Big Oak Flat
Mayada Leonard Buena Park
Clifford Armstrong Chinese Camp
Kai Bannister Columbia
Ethan Hinman Columbia
Amy McQueary Columbia
Fanjaharilanto Rasoavero Drake Columbia
Michael Storey Columbia
Kyle Wolfe Columbia
Justin Barnes Copperopolis
Megan Graham Copperopolis
Kimberly Busby Coulterville
Scott Burroughs El Dorado Hills
Kyle Harp Hughson
William Brown Jamestown
Sophia Dragun Jamestown
Kierin Harrison Jamestown
Kristi Insilan Jamestown
Brendon Kamler Jamestown
Donna Miller Jamestown
Mona Mohr Jamestown
Emily Moore Jamestown
Jaymie Roberts Jamestown
Heidi Schuler Jamestown
Rachel Van Winkle Jamestown
Amber Wichman Jamestown
Melvin Wignall Jamestown
Michael Pondela Kailua Kona, HI
Kennedy Bruce La Grange
Heidi Ekstrum La Grange
Kirstin Leventhal La Grange
Kirsten Hall Livermore
Kaeah Domenech Lodi
Courtney Young Los Angeles
Cynthia Harmon Mariposa
Maria Makhina Mariposa
Gemamiah Battle Mi Wuk Village
Jordan Henderson Mi Wuk Village
Adam Radzikowski Mi Wuk Village
Erik Juncker Modesto
Alex McDonald Modesto
Robert Slankard Mokelumne Hill
Channing Harris Mountain Ranch
Tania Hernandez Murphys
Danea Palmer Murphys
Alexandra Rader Murphys
Bethanni Riedel Murphys
Nathan Steele Murphys
Carley Thomas Murphys
Riana Willis Murphys
Daniel Eggert Novato
Marina Braaton Oakdale
Wade Branch Oakdale
Bethany Cochran Oakdale
Shannon Courtney Oakdale
Kaylee De Ruyter Oakdale
Dimitri Lolonis Oakdale
Breanna Perez Oakdale
Lena Schulke Oakdale
Christina Scott Oakdale
Tanner Smith Oakdale
Lucas Syljuberget Oakdale
Kevin Tillery Oakdale
Michael Tripp Oakdale
Victoria Jordan Ripon
Micayla Nelson Riverbank
Kevin Carley San Andreas
Alyssa Flaming San Andreas
Carina Swann San Andreas
Alexander Adam Sonora
Nolan Adam-Chinn Sonora
Sean Adams Sonora
Autumn Alexander Sonora
Mikaela Amayawood Sonora
Joshua Andal Sonora
Erik Anderson Sonora
Jessica Anselmi Sonora
Emily Beluardo Sonora
Keeley Benton Sonora
Patricia Hazel Bibal Sonora
Moorea Boardman Sonora
Alaina Brosnan Sonora
Matthew Burbey Sonora
Maria Clark Sonora
Derek Colon Sonora
Dustin Costello Sonora
Brendan Danicourt Sonora
Ashley Dearden Sonora
Barbara Farkas Sonora
Kelley Figley Sonora
Selina Flores Sonora
Aren Forster Sonora
Kailie Fredrickson Sonora
Sarah Gaestel Sonora
Christa Gentry Sonora
Christopher Goebel Sonora
Alfonso Gonzalez-Mora Sonora
Ondrea Gundlach Sonora
Lalayna Hablutzel Sonora
Dillon Hadden Sonora
Cory Hall Sonora
Danny Harthun Sonora
Matthew Hedge Sonora
Briauna Hoffman Sonora
Jillian Huntsinger Sonora
Logan Johnson Sonora
Timothy Justice Sonora
James Kress Sonora
Amanda Lancaster Sonora
Hillary Liljedahl Sonora
Nicole Lund Sonora
Nikaya Lundeen Sonora
Teyana Lundeen Sonora
Sydney Lyon Sonora
Theresa Martin Sonora
Aniko Meszaros Sonora
Martin Mills Sonora
Catelin Moody Sonora
Travis Moore Sonora
Leah Muncy Sonora
Melissa Murry Sonora
Sabrina Nash Sonora
Derek Nilsen Sonora
Samuel Page Sonora
Josephine Price Sonora
Peter Ratto Sonora
Samuel Savage Sonora
Jeremy Scheller Sonora
Christopher Shepard Sonora
Breena Smith Sonora
Zachary Sohl Sonora
Maddison Stevens Sonora
Austen Thibault Sonora
Dawn Thompson Sonora
Anthony Trujillo Sonora
Jamie Ulibarri Sonora
Tyler Van Zuiden Sonora
Stephanie Lyka Viceral Sonora
Megan Vistica Sonora
Gabrielle Chipponeri Soulsbyville
David Ervin Soulsbyville
Bill Hurst Soulsbyville
Leah Johnson Soulsbyville
Logan Van Bezey Soulsbyville
Summer Williams Standard
Shalom Fletcher Stockton
Derek Goodrich Stockton
Amanda Hummel Sutter Creek
Melody Brown Tuolumne
Jeremy Dillon Tuolumne
Ryley Durling Tuolumne
Jonah Funk Tuolumne
Stephanie Hart Tuolumne
Kyland Jardine Tuolumne
Alexander McKeon Tuolumne
Dylan Miguel Tuolumne
Shelby Roberts Tuolumne
Jessie Rush Turlock
Sheila Blackburn Twain Harte
Clint Heller Twain Harte
Lindsay Macon Twain Harte
Sofia Marcoccia Twain Harte
Brenda Rager Twain Harte
Natasha Smith Twain Harte
Dylan Souza Twain Harte
Nathaniel Ulvevadet Twain Harte
John Yim Twaine Hart
Elle Burton Vallecito
Shane Ekstrum Vallecito
Karli Gerlinger Valley Springs
Gregory McInturf Valley Springs
Kyra Miles Valley Springs
Ryley Nordahl Valley Springs
Emily Polinsky Valley Springs