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Miramar College hosted its 22nd annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in room 105 of the LLRC (Library Learning Resources Center). This year, the Miramar College Foundation administered 37 scholarships to 167 recipients totaling $84,169.00. An additional 57 external awards, totaling $62,101.00, will be awarded to deserving students bringing the grand total to $146,270.00.

"Being able to assist our students to reach their educational goals by off-setting the cost of higher education is a top priority for San Diego Miramar College," said Dr. Patricia Hsieh, president of San Diego Miramar College.

The Miramar College Foundation, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation, was officially created on August 21, 1994 and is committed to supporting the diverse population of Miramar College students by raising scholarship funds.

"We cannot continue to provide this type of support and impact as many lives without the contributions made by our community partners and our employees," said Hsieh. "Under the leadership of the Miramar College Foundation, our students benefit greatly from the generosity we receive on an annual basis from local businesses and by the faculty and employees of both the college and the San Diego Community College District. We are grateful for their continued support."

This event is organized by the College’s Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.


Foundation Board Names New President

January 2016
After 15 years of service to the Miramar College Foundation, 12 years as president, Martin Hight resigned his position as Foundation Board President on Jan. 22. Current board member Sarah Yang was appointed interim Foundation Board President for the duration of one year. Her appointment was approved by unanimous vote.


June 18, 2015

Just over $271,000.00 was awarded to San Diego Miramar College students this academic year. In 2015, the Miramar College Foundation awarded 41 scholarships to 166 recipients totaling $74,300.00. An additional 58 external awards, totaling $196,860.00, were earned bringing the grand total to $271,160.00.

“It was wonderful to see over 200 people attend this year’s Scholar Fest event,” said Dr. Patricia Hsieh, president of Miramar College. “Thanks to the generous support of the Miramar College Foundation, staff, faculty, community partners, the San Diego Community College District, and Board of Trustees, we are able to impact the lives of the brightest minds who attend Miramar College.”

Jocelyn-Marie Felicano was awarded 6 scholarships, plus a Wells Fargo Bank book grant. Randall Dexter was awarded 4 scholarships.

A month after Scholar Fest, Miramar College student Colin Skinner was awarded a 2015 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The 30-year old is one of 90 community college students from across the country to win this honor. The scholarship is for up to $40,000.00 per year and is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses-including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees-for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree at a 4-year college or university.
“When I first came to Miramar I was aimless,” said Skinner at surprise ceremony held in his honor. “This place gave me so much hope. I never imagined this day would happen four years ago when I started here. Now, to be one of the 90 chosen from a group of just over 2,000 applicants is pretty amazing. It’s a lot to compute right now.” 

Skinner is a 4.0 student at Miramar College. He will graduate on May 15 with three associate degrees (Chemistry Studies, Pre-Engineering Studies and Mathematics).
Skinner has spent most of his life in San Diego, but attended high school in Yokosuka, Japan before dropping out as a junior. Recently he was named All-California Community College Academic 2nd Team by Phi Theta Kappa of which he is the vice president of the San Diego Miramar College chapter.

This fall, Skinner will transfer to the University of California to complete his bachelor’s degree. His goal is to pursue a Ph.D. at Stanford and work as a biomedical research engineer in hopes of finding a cure for the neuro disease Charcot-Marie-Tooth which he has suffered from since birth.


Alum Named Tops in State

November 2013

Miramar College alumnus Dr. Adolfo Gonzales, Chief, Bureau of Investigation, San Diego County District Attorney, has been selected as one of only five 2013 Distinguished Alumni statewide to be recognized by the Community College League of California (CCLC).

Gonzales spent 26 years in the San Diego PD, and then served as National City Police Department Chief for nine years prior to becoming Chief of the Bureau of Investigation for the San Diego County District Attorney. Dr. Gonzales is in great company. In 2006, then San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, also a Miramar College alumnus, received the state award. In the history of the awards, two of the three SDCCD alumni who have been named CCLC Distinguished Alumni hail from Miramar College.


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