Two KCC Students Earn Ford Family Foundation Scholarships
Two Klamath Community College students have been awarded Ford Family Foundation Scholarships for the 2012-2013 school year. Gary Gundersen and Megan Romero were each awarded scholarships through the Ford ReStart Program.
In order to qualify for a Ford ReStart Scholarship, students must be at least 25 years of age, demonstrate financial need, have a history of working responsibly on the job or in the home raising a family, show a commitment to education and exhibit evidence of taking initiative and/or leadership in making positive change in the lives of others. Both Gundersen and Romero exhibited those qualities and excelled during panel interviews, beating out hundreds of others who applied for Ford ReStart Scholarships (more than 5,000 people applied for Ford Family Foundation Scholarships this year, including the Ford ReStart Scholarship).
Romero plans to transfer to Oregon Institute of Technology in the fall and will use funds from her scholarship to pursue a career in nursing. “I would like to thank my family, friends, and the faculty at KCC for their unwavering support of my goal to become a nurse,” she said. “I also send thanks to the Ford Family Foundation for joining in supporting my academic goals.”
Gundersen also will enroll at Oregon Tech in the fall, where he will work toward a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He is part of the founding cohort of the TRiO Student Support Services program, a grant-funded program that assists KCC students in developing the skills necessary to be academically successful and transfer to a four-year college or university. “This wouldn’t have been possible without help from my TRiO advisers,” Gundersen said. “I really want to thank them and my family for supporting me.”
The TRiO program is open to currently-enrolled KCC students who are a first-generation college student, qualify as low income, or have a documented disability and intend to transfer to a four-year college or university. “We are extremely proud of Gary,” said TRiO manager Jane Reeder. “He exemplifies the TRiO ethos of success and community partnership.”
The Ford Family Foundation’s mission is “Successful Citizens and Vital Rural Communities,” which it promotes through core values of integrity, stewardship, respect, independence and community. According to the Ford Family Foundation, the Ford ReStart Program “supports adult students age 25 or older who wish to begin or continue on an educational track at the postsecondary level. It is designed to encourage students to engage full-time in certificate or degree programs at accredited colleges.” The program is offered statewide in Oregon and in Siskiyou County, California.