2019-2020 CHC Foundation Board of Directors

2019-2020 CHC Foundation Board of Directors

Crafton’s scholarship program is funded by donations received through the Crafton Hills College Foundation. The Foundation supports the college by raising money and building relationships and partnerships to support the success of our students. Scholarships are made possible by more than 15 organizations and 100 individual donors, including our Foundation Directors. They are also made possible by our amazing team of scholarship reviewers who consist of employees, retirees, and members of the community who volunteer their time to read through each of the applications we receive and determine the students who best meet the criteria for each of the various opportunities.

The Foundation awarded $154,718 in scholarships/awards to 233 students at Crafton Hills College this year. Due to the campus closure, the awarding of spring scholarships took place via email to each of the student recipients again this year; however, this didn’t affect their excitement as many were very quick to reply with a “thank you” expressing their appreciation, support and gratitude.

We have included over 100 of the students who were selected for these awards and we hope you will enjoy reading through some of the student quotes and bios which are featured below. For more information on our scholarship program, please contact our office at chcfoundation@craftonhills.edu.

 

 

 

21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Makenna Adling

Makenna Adling

Molly Adams Scholarship

Social Science & Japanese

"My ultimate life goal is to live in Japan and have my own translation and interpretation company. It is one of my personal ideologies that it is important to communicate with others in a diplomatic manner, allowing for constructive discussion and the ideal path to bring forth positive change in the world we live in."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Charis Alexander

Charis Alexander

Dr. Cheryl Marshall Scholarship

Health Science 

"I’ve always known that I wanted to go into medicine. At the heart of it all, I want to help people. I knew that helping people live better lives through health was my calling." 
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Charis Alexander

Charis Alexander

President's Circle Award

Health Sciences

"I’ve always known that I wanted to go into medicine. At the heart of it all, I want to help people. I knew that helping people live better lives through health was my calling."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Charis Alexander

Charis Alexander

San Manuel ISEEK Scholarship

Health Science

"I’ve always known that I wanted to go into medicine. At the heart of it all, I want to help people. I knew that helping people live better lives through health was my calling."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Robert Alexander

Robert Alexander

Molly Adams Scholarship

Anthropology

Robert has held various leadership roles in clubs and student government at SBVC and CHC. He is busy raising two sons on his own and is actively involved in their school and athletic organizations. He is working to transfer to California Baptist University to earn a degree in Anthropology. His dream is a life in public service and has a goal to work in the fields of law enforcement and forensic anthropology.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Mason Audet

Mason Audet

So Cal Edison STEM Scholarship

Computer Science

"I would like to pursue a career as a programmer for a small startup company or join a larger tech corporation. Either option will allow me to achieve my life goals of furthering the amount of available technology and advancing current technology."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Raquel Aussant

Raquel Aussant

Betty Byron Memorial Scholarship - Fine Arts

Art History

Raquel has maintained academic excellence despite starting college during the pandemic. She is looking forward to campus participation when it is safe to return. A career class helped her discover ways to put her passion of art into a career as an Art Historian. Her ultimate goal is to work at a museum or for a company such as National Geographic.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Oluwatosin Babatunde

Oluwatosin Babatunde

Inland Empire Community Foundation

Psychology

"Growing up I was taught that education is the key to success and I have held unto those words forever. I am majoring in psychology, and I'm not sure about a career pathway yet, but I've been inspired by the counselors here in CHC.  I'm a proud Honors student and member of the Black Student Union."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Oluwatosin Babatunde

Oluwatosin Babatunde

President's Circle Award

Psychology

"Growing up I was taught that education is the key to success and I have held unto those words forever. I am majoring in psychology, and I'm not sure about a career pathway yet, but I've been inspired by the counselors here in CHC.  I'm a proud Honors student and member of the Black student union."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Amr Bahjri

Amr Bahjri

Kiwanis Club of Yucaipa Valley Scholarship

Biology

"I dream of completing dental school and residency, in hopes of becoming an orthodontist or an oral surgeon. After seeing the enormous impact that my dentists and surgeons have had on me, I aspire to do the same for future generations and put beautiful smiles on people's faces."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Jacob Baker

Jacob Baker

Ronald Boatman Memorial Scholarship

Geology

"I have been working at Crafton Hills College as the SIL (supplemental instruction leader) for geology courses on campus, where I facilitate group study sessions and assist the professor in educating students about geosciences. As a student at CHC, I have learned a plethora of education, skills, and lessons that will last me a lifetime. Inspired by my own work and the influential professors I have encountered; I plan to pursue teaching as a career and continue teaching students about the earth sciences.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Skylar Banning

Skylar Banning

Inland Empire Community Foundation

English

Skylar’s accomplishments while at Crafton include being a part of the Honors program, participating in various campus events, and holding a Student Senate position as Inter-Club Council Coordinator. She loves to write and has received recognition for her poems and creative non-fiction. She is passionate about the power of language and performance and would like to be a writer for television and/or film.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Skylar Banning

Skylar Banning

President's Circle Award

English

Skylar’s accomplishments while at Crafton include being a part of the Honors program, participating in various campus events, and holding a Student Senate position as Inter-Club Council Coordinator. She loves to write and has received recognition for her poems and creative non-fiction. She is passionate about the power of language and performance and would like to be a writer for television and/or film.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Rexilee Shayne Bedoya

Rexilee Shayne Bedoya

Kathy Bartel Memorial Scholarship

Health Science

“Moving from the Philippines to the U.S.A. took a lot of adjustments for our family. My parents worked hard for us to go to a country with a lot of opportunities. Their sacrifices to give my siblings and me a better future were not in vain, as I am now attending college and pursuing my dream career of being a nurse and hopefully alleviate my family's financial struggle.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Hunter Benthin

Hunter Benthin

Children's Fund Scholarship

Music

"Learning is the only way to really change my world. The self expression music affords a person is invaluable and I hope one day to teach others about music."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Hunter Benthin

Hunter Benthin

Raymond F. Ellerman Memorial Scholarship

Music

"Learning is the only way to really change my world. The self expression music affords a person is invaluable and I hope one day to teach others about music." 
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Matteo Biscotti

Matteo Biscotti

So Cal Edison STEM Scholarship

Chemistry

"During my time at Crafton I've taken advantage of several fulfilling opportunities such as the tutoring center, career fairs, shows presented by the theatre department and vegan eating fairs. I have always tried to give back to my community as much as possible in the form of volunteering. I hope to finish the honors program, earn a degree and use it to better my community."

21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Vine Blankenship

Vine Blankenship

So Cal Edison STEM Scholarship

Geology

“Since I was very young, I have been determined to understand and preserve the natural world. I have familiarized myself with the earth's natural processes by majoring in Geology at CHC.  After my education is complete, I want to have a purposeful career as a climatologist in which I conduct many research projects and become a published author for scientific journals.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Madeleine Boone

Madeleine Boone

So Cal Edison STEM Scholarship

Engineering

"I would like to pursue a career in either civil or aerospace engineering because both fields require collaboration between an extensive variety of people. After taking more comprehensive classes in college, I am confident that I will have chosen a specific field that both challenges and excites me just as my first physics class did."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Marshina Brown

Marshina Brown

Psychology Club Scholarship

Psychology

The biggest thing Marshina has learned in her educational journey is that asking questions NEVER hurts. She used to shy away from her limitations, but now asks about everything from choosing a professor to understanding questions for a test. Speaking up has been beneficial to her success as well as the support she has received from the amazing professors at Crafton.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Brianna Bruins

Brianna Bruins

Diane Kelsey Memorial Scholarship

Geology

After struggling to make ends meet and become independent, Brianna learned that with the right focus and dedication, she can achieve anything she puts her mind to. She has learned the value of hard work and self-reliance, which has not only helped her to grow as a person, but also as a student.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Brianna Bruins

Brianna Bruins

Ruth L. Tillman Scholarship

After struggling to make ends meet and become independent, Brianna learned that with the right focus and dedication, she can achieve anything she puts her mind to. She has learned the value of hard work and self-reliance, which has not only helped her to grow as a person, but also as a student.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Marlena Camarena

Marlena Camarena

Harry C. Berger Scholarship

Biomedical Engineering

Marlena is a first-generation college student who is breaking barriers as both a Hispanic and female in the STEM field. She is blazing a trail for future generations and wants to change the world of medicine, prosthetics and amputations by creating the first 3D printed heart. She is transferring to UCR this fall to continue working towards her educational goals.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Marlena Camarena

Marlena Camarena

So Cal Edison STEM Scholarship

Biomedical Engineering

Marlena is a first-generation college student who is breaking barriers as both a Hispanic and female in the STEM field. She is blazing a trail for future generations and wants to change the world of medicine, prosthetics and amputations by creating the first 3D printed heart. She is transferring to UCR this fall to continue working towards her educational goals.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Eric Castillo

Eric Castillo

Win & Bette Carl Memorial Osher Scholarship

English

“From the very moment I went to the movie theaters as a kid, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in film and television. There is always this euphoric sense of joy when I get to express myself through my writing. I hope to continue with my academic journey of being a writer for film and television.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Cesar Contreras

Cesar Contreras

So Cal Edison STEM Scholarship

Computer Science

“I wish to be in the field of computer science due to the problem solving nature of the work and the fact that I’ve worked with computers all my life. It is also a job that can allow me the flexibility of wanting to start a family and be there for the people I love.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Daisy Cordova

Daisy Cordova

CHC Re-Entering Students Scholarship

Radiology

“Ten years ago I did not know what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to be someone that my family could be proud of. I have a family, a hard-working husband, and a beautiful daughter that I know looks up to me. After much research and self-reflection, I learned that I want to be a health care professional; I want a career in radiology technology."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Jamie Cross

Jamie Cross

Edward F. Taylor Memorial Scholarship

English

Jamie is transferring to Cal State San Bernardino to pursuit her goal of earning a bachelor and master’s degree in English. During her time at Crafton, she was secretary of the Creative Writing Club, leader of the poetry team, and was chosen to have her art featured on the cover of the Sand Canyon Review. She dreams of mentoring others and using literature to change people’s lives through education.

21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Alitzel Cruz

Alitzel Cruz

Latino Faculty, Staff and Admin. Assn. Scholarship

Sociology

“As a full-time student here at Crafton, I have learned what it takes to make my dreams come true. I plan to graduate this semester and transfer to either UC Irvine or UTSA. I plan to become a guidance counselor for either middle or high school.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Nathan Cunningham

Nathan Cunningham

President's Circle Award

Social Science

“I care profusely about the well-being of people and want to help in any way I can. I am planning on doing this in two ways with career goals. I would like to join a reserve team for wildland firefighting so I can protect the homes of people, and I want to go into teaching. As an elementary teacher, I want to help set up my students to succeed in their academic goals, and in life.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Nathan Cunningham

Nathan Cunningham

William A. Rankin, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Social Science

“I care profusely about the well-being of people and want to help in any way I can. I am planning on doing this in two ways with career goals. I would like to join a reserve team for wildland firefighting so I can protect the homes of people, and I want to go into teaching. As an elementary teacher, I want to help set up my students to succeed in their academic goals, and in life.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Grace Daboura

Grace Daboura

San Manuel ISEEK Scholarship

Biology

“My educational goal is to transfer to UCLA and to become a doctor. I'm a full-time student, and new to the area. I got here with my family in 2019 because we escaped the war in our country and I'm still trying to learn the language which fills my time with translating the lectures and then studying them.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Alyssa Day

Alyssa Day

Agustin Rios EOPS Scholarship

Social Science

 “I knew from a young age I wanted to grow up and become a teacher. I want children to see their true potential the way some teachers showed me when I thought I had none. It doesn't matter the order you go in throughout your life - the path that may lead you astray is not set in stone. You can achieve what you dream with or without the tools provided. Make your own tools and use what you can to transform your dreams into reality.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Sierra Diaz

Sierra Diaz

Molly Adams Scholarship

Health Science

"Growing up I spent most of my life in and out of hospitals. My experiences made me want to pursue a health career. I want to be the person I needed growing up as well as the few that touched my heart. I am currently on a career path to become an RN, as well as get my degree/certificate in ASL."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Lovely Ann Dingoasen

Lovely Ann Dingoasen

Diana Harrison Memorial Scholarship

Health Science

After one of her parents was diagnosed with cancer and the other worked strenuously to keep the family going, Lovely was inspired to become an R.N. and make her family in both America and the Philippines proud. She plans to complete her pre-requisite courses at Crafton and then transfer to a 4-year university to pursue her nursing degree. Lovely truly cherishes her family and the sacrifices they have made for her to get her education.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Lovely Ann Dingoasen

Lovely Ann Dingoasen

Ruben Finkelstein Scholarship

Health Science

After one of her parents was diagnosed with cancer and the other worked strenuously to keep the family going, Lovely was inspired to become an R.N. and make her family in both America and the Philippines proud. She plans to complete her pre-requisite courses at Crafton and then transfer to a 4-year university to pursue her nursing degree. Lovely truly cherishes her family and the sacrifices they have made for her to get her education.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Doug Dodge

Doug Dodge

Dr. Diane Pfahler Scholarship

Psychology

"I have discovered that the perspective I have, returning to school after 50, makes for an altogether different and magnificent adventure. My goal is to continue to grow, be of maximum service to others, and ask myself each day, 'What is the most excellent thing I can do today'?"
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Sara Doering

Sara Doering

Terrestrial Investigations Club (TIC)

Environmental Science

"I am currently attending Crafton Hills College and will be graduating at the end of Spring 2021 which I am very excited about. I am proud of the hard work I have put in and the lessons I've learned about myself and my school work ethic along the way. I'm excited to study not only Environmental Science, but also follow research under other science departments. What can I say, science is cool!"
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Miah Earl

Miah Earl

Catholic Charities "Providing Help, Creating Hope" Scholarship

Theatre Arts

“I long for the day when I can wait in the wings for my cue. There is something so exciting about having an audience.  I want to make it on Broadway someday and impress audiences there. In that future I will think of my time at Crafton Hills College and be immensely thankful.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Tracy Edge

Tracy Edge

Carleton W. Lockwood Memorial Scholarship

Liberal Studies

“It is my goal to set the best example for my children. I hope to do this by continuing my education. I was unable to finish my education as young girl, so now I am hoping to do that and in the process I hope that I can inspire people along the way to let them know it is never too late to start again and to dream again.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Gideon Schyler El-Rahi

Gideon Schyler El-Rahi

Gordon Clopine Memorial Scholarship

Geology

"I dream of becoming a geologist. To make this a reality, I have decided to take a small step at a time. This first step includes getting an Associates Degree. I am an active student in our geology department and since 2019 I have been a tutor in Crafton's Tutoring Center."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Jocelyn Espinoza

Jocelyn  Espinoza

Marie Lena Wallis Olson Scholarship

Liberal Studies

“I had the most beautiful dream that I was going to teach kids. In my dream I was filled with pure joy, it felt right. I then decided to give school another chance.  I've been attending Crafton Hills College for almost two years now and my biggest accomplishment has been my drive to try every single day. In my soul, I know one day I will inspire students. I have a story to tell and I know I can inspire students to believe in themselves and in life.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Michael Fileto-Perez

Michael Fileto-Perez

So Cal Edison STEM Scholarship

Computer Science

"The first educational goal I achieved was obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Biology at UCR. My goal at Crafton is to obtain an AS in Computer Science, and eventually a master's degree, where I can combine my formal educations and create solutions to the many biological problems we face in our community"
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Kevin Finn

Kevin Finn

CHC Memorial Scholarship

Chemistry

Kevin found a passion for teaching through his work as an outdoor instructor for elementary and middle school students attending outdoor camps. He enjoys helping kids learn about the beauty of the world we live in. His dream is to earn a degree in chemistry and teach at the high school level.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Alexis Ford

Alexis Ford

Betty Byron Memorial Scholarship - Research

Social Science

“My ultimate life goal is to become a clinical psychologist and help as many people as I possibly can. Before COVID-19 hit I was volunteering at a center for kids who would come for a few hours to do their homework, play games and learn. I got great pleasure knowing that these little kids trusted me with their problems and that I was there to help them.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Alexis Ford

Alexis Ford

President's Circle Award

Social Science

“My ultimate life goal is to become a clinical psychologist and help as many people as I possibly can. Before COVID-19 hit I was volunteering at a center for kids who would come for a few hours to do their homework, play games and learn. I got great pleasure knowing that these little kids trusted me with their problems and that I was there to help them.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Diana Franco

Diana Franco

CHC Re-Entering Students Scholarship

Psychology

“I wish to become a school counselor and mentor students as their role model. I would love for them to know that no matter the obstacles they may be facing now, those do not determine your future. You are the only one that determines your future - you have control of your own destiny!”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Stacey Gilliam

Stacey Gilliam

San Manuel ISEEK Scholarship

American Sign Language

"My major led me to the beautiful deaf community. I found that I could relate to the way they are constantly jumping over hurdles. I did not just find a beautiful community, I found my passion and my way of making the world a better place. I have lived a life with constant hurdles in my way but now that I have had a taste of college and my future, I feel most certain and optimistic about my life journey."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Noah Gonzales

Noah Gonzales

Charles Benson Thomerson Memorial Scholarship

Fine Arts

 “As an English major I have been working to pursue a suitable path that will allow me to fully explore my passion for creative writing. Crafton has helped me discover my desire to see more diverse genres within the English curriculum in education.  I want to continue to pursue my creative passions in writing as I continue my courses at Crafton.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Trent Gregoire

Trent Gregoire

Osher Foundation Scholarship

Fire Technology

Trent successfully completed Crafton’s EMT Program in May of 2020 and is working toward an associate degree in Fire Technology. He serves as a Riverside County Fire Explorer and has an educational goal to earn a bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration and Technology from Cal State LA. 
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Melissa Grubb

Melissa Grubb

President's Circle Award

Music

"My ultimate goal is to become a music teacher. I plan to get my master’s degree so I can teach at a college level. I've always loved music and taught myself how to play guitar at 8 years old. I was able to reconstruct a donated piano and refurbish it, and have been using it ever since to accomplish my goals. I hope to continue to inspire kids and adults that music is a tool to express yourself."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Melissa Grubb

Melissa Grubb

Raymond F. Ellerman Memorial Scholarship

Music

"My ultimate goal is to become a music teacher. I plan to get my master’s degree so I can teach at a college level. I've always loved music and taught myself how to play guitar at 8 years old. I was able to reconstruct a donated piano and refurbish it, and have been using it ever since to accomplish my goals. I hope to continue to inspire kids and adults that music is a tool to express yourself."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Gabriela Guarneros Monterrosa de Jesus

Gabriela Guarneros Monterrosa de Jesus

So Cal Edison STEM Scholarship

Public Health

“My journey to higher education has not be a typical one. I have encountered many struggles, but my commitment to learn keeps me motivated. I am pursuing a bachelor's degree in public health and will be transferring to Cal State San Bernardino in Fall 2021. I want to work in public health to help underprivileged communities have access to health services.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Adeline Hallen

Adeline Hallen

Charles. H. Beeman Memorial Scholarship

Health Sciences

“Through hard work and persistence, I now recognize that my dreams of becoming a Nurse Practitioner is more than attainable - these dreams are becoming my reality. I have proven to myself that even chronic pain and physical disability are incapable of paralyzing my acceleration towards success.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Adeline Hallen

Adeline Hallen

Inland Empire Community Foundation

Health Sciences

“Through hard work and persistence, I now recognize that my dreams of becoming a Nurse Practitioner is more than attainable - these dreams are becoming my reality. I have proven to myself that even chronic pain and physical disability are incapable of paralyzing my acceleration towards success.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Dani Harris

Dani Harris

Roger C. Anton Memorial Scholarship

Education

 “For as long as I can remember I have loved working with kids. It wasn’t until I had a child of my own and started working as an after-school teacher that I realized teaching was a passion of mine. As a teacher you can improve children’s lives every day. It is my dream to become a teacher, so I can touch the lives of children.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Mohamed Hassanin

Mohamed Hassanin

CHC Re-Entering Students Scholarship

Political Science

Mohamed has worked hard to overcome any obstacle to obtain a college education. With support from his professors and colleagues he gained the confidence he needed to pursuit his dream of becoming a lawyer. He plans to transfer to a UC school and earn a bachelor's degree in political science.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Kristina Heilgeist

Kristina Heilgeist

So Cal Edison STEM Scholarship

Mathematics

"When I left school nearly 20 years ago, a big part of me believed that I would never return. I could not have imagined that I would be graduating with highest distinction and moving on to continue towards a higher degree. I started at Crafton as a substitute employee in 2014, but soon found that the love and support of my Crafton family was the empowerment I needed to return to school."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Erin Hernandez

Erin Hernandez

Donald W. Hunt Memorial Scholarship

Health Science

“My children are the reason that I pushed myself to go back to school. I want to be able to give them the life they deserve and at the same time be a good example. Being a student at Crafton has opened my eyes to opportunity and I am so grateful for all of the help that is offered.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Manuel Hernandez

Manuel Hernandez

Osher Foundation Scholarship

Business Administration

“My life goal has always involved me going to school to get an education to find a good job and provide and help my family. I am the first college student in my family to ever attend. I am majoring in business administration in order to transfer to a 4-year university to become an accountant one day.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Ashley Hummel

Ashley Hummel

Children's Fund Scholarship

Nutrition/Dietetics

Ashley is an Army veteran and wants to become a Registered Dietician. She ultimately is working towards becoming a Physician's Assistant so that she can work in underprivileged hospitals and help those who cannot afford to receive healthcare. 

21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Emily Ishihara

Emily Ishihara

Agustin Rios EOPS Scholarship

Health Sciences

“As a single parent, I have ambitions of being able to provide for myself and my family. Since returning to school, my goal at Crafton has been to pursue my career goals and focus on my ideal future. Being raised by a single mother myself has taught me a lot about adversity and how important education is.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Ankita Jain

Ankita Jain

Asian Pacific Student Union (APSU) Scholarship

Nursing

"I believe nurses have the distinctive opportunity to help, serve and make a positive impact in society. I look forward to embarking on a new learning path, and making a difference in the lives of people."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Megan Johnson

Megan Johnson

Osher Foundation Scholarship

Sociology

“Until this past year I had never believed that I would have the ability to go to school and pursue a degree in what I love. It is not lost on me that I have been awarded this opportunity through the gracious support of financial assistance. I live with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for this opportunity.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Victoria Karalun

Victoria Karalun

Gloria Macias Harrison Scholarship

Psychology

“I have a passion for psychology and have discovered a passion for research at Crafton. Under the guidance and encouragement of my mentor, Dr. Brink, I have conducted my own original research at conferences and have become more comfortable as a regular public speaker. I thank Crafton for the gentle encouragement and the environment to have allowed me to become this person, and to have a safe haven when other parts of my life are difficult.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Trent Katz

Trent Kratz

Research Club Scholarship

Psychology

Trent has been passionate about the field of psychology since high school and wants to help people with his passion for social science. He is currently pursuing a career as a psychotherapist and wants to help people live more fulfilling lives.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Helen Kouch

Helen Kouch

So Cal Edison STEM Scholarship

Computer Science

"I appreciate how lucky I was in order to have been a part of this community in my first year at a new school. My academic goal is to receive a bachelor's degree at UCI after transferring from Crafton Hills College. These statements are huge steps for me because I didn't even know what direction I was to go in life. I feel as if I now am able to take control of my life."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Trent Kratz

Trent Kratz

Dr. Diane Pfahler Scholarship

Psychology

Trent has been passionate about the field of psychology since high school and wants to help people with his passion for social science. He is currently pursuing a career as a psychotherapist and wants to help people live more fulfilling lives.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Aubrey Lopez

Aubrey Lopez

Charles J.C. Kean Memorial Scholarship (EMS)

Emergency Medical Technician

Since the day Aubrey watched a paramedic save her mother’s life, she knew exactly what she wanted to do. Aubrey is a mother, a student, and aspires to be a paramedic to give back to the community. She completed Crafton’s EMT program and is enrolled full time to accomplish her goal of attaining an associate degree and completing the paramedic program. 

21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Aubrey Lopez

Aubrey Lopez

James C. Cox Memorial Scholarship

Emergency Medical Technician

Since the day Aubrey watched a paramedic save her mother’s life, she knew exactly what she wanted to do. Aubrey is a mother, a student, and aspires to be a paramedic to give back to the community. She completed Crafton’s EMT program and is enrolled full time to accomplish her goal of attaining an associate degree and completing the paramedic program.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Carissa Lopez

Carissa Lopez

Donald and Carol Averill Tech. Ed Scholarship

Health Sciences

Carissa is currently pursing her education in Respiratory Therapy. Once she graduates from this program, she plans to further her education in health care with a degree.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Erica Maldonado

Erica Maldonado

Osher Foundation Scholarship

Biology

“Doing so well in the EMT program emboldened me and made me realize my potential. I decided to get a degree in biology so that I could prepare myself to apply to medical school. I have a passion for medicine and I am excited to be able to challenge myself academically while pursuing a career in which I will be able to help others.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Alexander manjarrez

Alexander Manjarrez

So Cal Gas Scholarship

Computer Science

Alex was drawn to computer science because of the ability to express his creativity and problem-solving skills in many lines of code. His passion for community involvement and helping others was also met through his participation and research conferences with the Honors program and  in Crafton's Student Senate as the Chief External Affairs Officer.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Lizbette Martinez

Lizbette Martinez

Charles J.C. Kean Memorial Scholarship (EMS)

Health Sciences

“I have a passion for firefighting and Emergency Medical Services - I’ve been in love with both since I was in high school.  I plan on becoming a firefighter paramedic and hopefully working my way up the ranks with my business degree.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Ashley Mascarenhas

Ashley Mascarenhas

Raymond Pryke Memorial Honors Award

Business Administration

"CHC has not only given me the opportunities to succeed academically, but has strengthened my character, provided me with lifelong friendships with professors and peers, and a positive outlook of how important education is. My personal goal is to extend my gratitude to Crafton by becoming an active alumni and one day foundation member. Thank You CHC!"
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Tiana McBride

Tiana McBride

Redlands Sunrise Rotary Scholarship

Business Administration

“After my mother passing and taking on the responsibility of raising my little sister, I finally found the time to continue my education and start college in the summer of 2019, ten years after graduating high school. I am planning on transferring to the University of Redlands this summer to pursue a Bachelor’s in business while still attending Crafton to finish pre-requisites for nursing school.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Daniel McCluskey

Daniel McCluskey

Molly Adams Scholarship

Business Administration

"My days at Crafton are slowly ticking away. I am looking to the future. In Spring I will be graduating from the Honors Program and Crafton Hills College. I will also have earned the Research Fellowship Award for my participation in research and all the related events, and I will be transferring to Cal State San Bernardino."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Samantha McVeigh

Samantha McVeigh

Col. Leon H. Berger Memorial Scholarship

Biology

"I hope to transfer to UC Irvine, after completing my degree at Crafton in spring of 2023 as an honors student. Returning the patience and understanding afforded to me by my teachers during difficult times is what drives me to be successful."

21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Noemi Mejia

Noemi Mejia

Yucaipa Valley Rotary Club Scholarship

Business Administration 

"I am faith and family oriented, which influence and motivate my life goals. I strive to be a good example to my children. Like many others I have had my share of struggles to get my education, but I am grateful to God to be able to do it at this point in my life."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Shawn Mohamed

Shawn Mohamed

CHC Re-Entering Students Scholarship

Fire Technology

“With the recent world-wide set back of Covid-19, I’ve had a chance to take a step back and look at what I want to push forward with. My hearing loss puts me out of contention for being on the front lines of being a fire fighter, but I have the same duty of civil service that I can be an excellent Fire Inspector.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Kevin Mook

Kevin Mook

Peter Laabs Memorial Scholarship

Computer Information Systems

Kevin is a veteran student who came to Crafton while working full time as a welding instructor for a nonprofit organization. After the pandemic hit his company sadly had to lay him off which he sees as a blessing in disguise. He has been able to attend school full time while caring for his family. His goal is to transfer to CSUSB where he will be taking courses to complete a degree in Computer Information Systems.

21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Casandra Mora

Casandra Mora

Inland Empire Community Foundation

Business Administration, Social Science

"I am not just getting my degree to better my children's lives, I also want to teach my children that with hard work and perseverance you can do anything. I am getting my associate degree in Business and Social Science and I have been accepted to Cal State San Bernardino. I plan on getting a bachelor's degree in business accounting. With this degree I hope I can find a well paying job that will allow me to be financially secure."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Nathan More

Nathan More

So Cal Edison STEM Scholarship

Computer Science

“My educational goals are to transfer to a UC school, and to get a bachelor's degree within a computer science field. After graduation I hope to work as a programmer or application developer for a computer or video game company.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Kyle Murphy

Kyle Murphy

Aaron and Robin Race Memorial Scholarship

English

“I believe that education is essential to life, and this is exactly the reason why I am in college now and increasing my knowledge so I can be the best version of myself.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Maria Olekh

Maria Olekh

San Manuel ISEEK Scholarship

English/Foreign Languages

“I am a double-major in English and foreign languages, and I hope to be able to work as an editor for a publishing company, or as an interpreter. There also exists the possibility of translating and editing various reading materials to and from English, which would ultimately combine my two aspirations.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Natasha Paago

Natasha Paago

Osher Foundation Scholarship

Biology

"I want to become a doctor so that I am able to help people who have a hard time getting medical access. I am currently studying biology and hoping to transfer to a UC where I am able to fulfill a degree requirement to go to medical school."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Christian Pantoja

Christian Pantoja

Redlands Sunrise Rotary Scholarship

Business Administration

“Entering community college, I was terrified since I did not know what I wanted to major in. Through the Career Center, I learned more about business, and I realized that I should pursue a degree in business. With my studies I hope to leave a positive change in society.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Ashley Pate

Ashley Pate

CHC Re-Entering Students Scholarship

Health Sciences

"I truly believe that being a nurse is my calling in life. There is such a joy in knowing that you did the best you can to help save someone's life and make a difference."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Vy Phan

Vy Phan

Inland Empire Community Foundation

Social Science

“My goal is to become a nurse and serve in both the community and globally. Our family always opened their hearts to help when others had lack of care, love, or suffering in their life, such as hunger and sickness. I want to work as a nurse to help people with those types of needs.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Gabriela Reyes

Gabriela Reyes

Psychology Club Scholarship

Psychology

As a single mom, Gabriela is determined to finish school to provide a brighter future for her children. Although she has faced many personal challenges, she is committed to achieving her goal of finishing school and someday working with kids who have special needs.


21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Eve Riggs

Eve Riggs

Donald W. Hunt Memorial Scholarship

Sociology, Social Science

“I have always wanted to attend Crafton. My mom returned to Crafton to finish her associate degree which had taken her fifteen years. She instilled in my brother and I the importance of completing our degrees as soon as possible. My ultimate career goal would be to help others with health and nutrition.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Nathan Rodriguez-Lynn

Nathan Rodriguez-Lynn

So Cal Edison STEM Scholarship

Computer Science

“My main goal is to overcome the generalizations that have been placed upon me, due to my past academic struggles, and to prove to myself and others that anyone can achieve greatness.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Eliza Rodriguez

Eliza Rodriguez

San Manuel ISEEK Scholarship

English

“My life goal is to help others succeed and to realize their full potential as an individual within education.  I love the field of education, and formal/creative writing as a hobby, and want to pursue it more as my purpose in life.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Delany Rodriquez

Delany Rodriquez

Osher Foundation Scholarship

Education

“My interest in advocating for breaking stigmas surrounding disabilities began when I joined Best Buddies. I quickly knew that I wanted to pursue a career in teaching Special Education. I want each of my future students to know how much they matter, and how their needs will never prevent them from getting the education they deserve."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Yaira Sainz

Yaira Sainz

So Cal Edison STEM Scholarship

Chemistry

 “I would like to work in a lab to help make the production of pharmaceuticals more efficient to decrease the pricing of medication. After all I want to help others and I want to make a difference in their lives.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Christina Salgado

Christina Salgado

Dr. Carla Thornton - Social Work Scholarship

Psychology

"I am excited to be moving forward in achieving my bachelor's degree in Psychology at CSUSB. I have two children who are teenagers, and I want them to see that life is what you make it. Positive attitude and perseverance can and will pay off in life. Scholarships make dreams possible and I’m moving forward due to the kindness of others."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Chelsea Joy Sasan

Chelsea Joy Sasan

Herbivore Activist Scholarship

Health Science

"I’m very proud to be a student at Crafton Hills College because it provides the education I need for my career. My education has been my number one priority. I’d like to transfer to Loma Linda University to ultimately obtain a Master of Science in Nursing degree."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Chelsea Joy Sasan

Chelsea Joy Sasan

Kiwanis Club of Yucaipa Valley

Health Science

"I’m very proud to be a student at Crafton Hills College because it provides the education I need for my career. My education has been my number one priority. I’d like to transfer to Loma Linda University to ultimately obtain a Master of Science in Nursing degree."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Kailey Schultz

Kailey Shultz

San Manuel ISEEK Scholarship

English

Kailey began her college career with the intention of becoming a teacher, but after realizing her passion was to become a filmmaker, she switched her focus. After graduating this spring, Kailey will be transferring to CSUSB as a Communications major, focusing on media studies. She is immensely grateful for all the support she received while earning her degree at Crafton, as it has motivated her to do her best academically and pursue her true passion.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Savannah Simmons

Savannah Simmons

Diana Harrison Memorial Scholarship

Biology

Always dreaming of a future as an Olympic athlete, Savannah realized she needed a "Plan B" and began to explore a future in medicine. During her senior year of high school and injury prevented her from continuing with sports and she was able to put more time and energy into her studies. After re-adjusting to this setback, she was soon faced with remote learning and challenged herself to keep working towards her goals. She believes that there is beauty in disruption and has realized her goal is to accept and adapt to life's challenges. 
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Yasmine Sirb

Yasmine Sirb

Yucaipa Women's Club - Pat Elliott Memorial Scholarship

Business Administration

“College is an investment for my future and for my family, that I am willing to make.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Ewanivaldo Skelton

Ewanivaldo Skelton

Michelle E. Konzem Memorial Scholarship

Emergency Medical Technician

Ewanivaldo "Gio" moved to the U.S. when he was 19 years old. After going through personal struggles, he lost everything. After some convincing from his husband, he decided to enroll in Crafton's EMT program. He successfully completed the program this year and is now a Nationally Registered EMT.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Kaitlyn Soleski

Kaitlyn Soleski

Donald W. Hunt Memorial Scholarship

Health Science

“Although I love Crafton Hills College's educational side, I am amazed and thrilled to say that campus life is warm and welcoming. My time at Crafton has not only helped me flourish my career path of becoming a nurse, but it has helped me achieve the best outlook on life.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Steven Spellacy

Steven Spellacy

Adam Diaz Memorial Scholarship

Social Science

"The thought of attending, let alone excelling at the college level seemed an intangible daydream. If someone told me two years ago I would be enrolled full time in college with a 4.0 GPA every semester, I would have never believed them, mainly because I didn't believe in myself. College and education have truly helped me find my value and passion in life."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Rebekah Stark

Rebekah Stark

So Cal Edison STEM Scholarship

Mathematics

“My primary goal in life is to learn and grow as an individual to fulfill my utmost potential. This perspective is what carries me to succeed and choose to overcome any trials that arise. My grit, dedication, and ambition are why I will be successful in my future.”

21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Hannah Stiff

Hannah Stiff

Dr. Daniel Bahner Memorial Award

Political Science

“I hope to have a legal career in the future, where I can represent underprivileged and underserved communities. I aim to make sure that those with health, money, or family issues have their voices heard. Eventually, I would like to become a judge and get involved in legislative work.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Hannah Stiff

Hannah Stiff

President's Circle Award

Political Science

“I hope to have a legal career in the future, where I can represent underprivileged and underserved communities. I aim to make sure that those with health, money, or family issues have their voices heard. Eventually, I would like to become a judge and get involved in legislative work.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Hannah Stiff

Hannah Stiff

San Manuel ISEEK Scholarship

Political Science

“I hope to have a legal career in the future, where I can represent underprivileged and underserved communities. I aim to make sure that those with health, money, or family issues have their voices heard. Eventually, I would like to become a judge and get involved in legislative work.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Christopher Stiles

Christopher Stiles

Betty Jo Wood Memorial Scholarship

Kinesiology

"By becoming a teacher, I hope to make a difference in student's lives and motivate them to live a healthy lifestyle and take their health seriously. I am back in school, it is never too late. I am excited to continue my education and begin a new career."
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Mirela Tavoc

Mirela Tavoc

Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship

Education

“Education is a gift that gives endless opportunity to those that bestow it. I want to become a teacher and counselor because I believe that making a difference in the world starts with helping your immediate community.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Mirela Tavoc

Mirela Tavoc

Inland Empire Community Foundation Scholarship

Education

“Education is a gift that gives endless opportunity to those that bestow it. I want to become a teacher and counselor because I believe that making a difference in the world starts with helping your immediate community.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Kathryn Taylor

Kathryn Taylor

CHC Re-Entering Students Scholarship

Business Administration

Kathryn's love of writing led her to the Little Theater in Yucaipa where she has written and produced multiple plays. She founded her own live events/theater company which ended due to the pandemic. While attending Crafton she was fiction editor of the Sand Canyon Review Literary Journal. She will be transferring to the University of Redlands in the fall to work toward a degree in business administration.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Toni Tebbetts

Toni Tebbetts

Molly Adams Scholarship

Health Science

At the age of 22, Toni decided that she wanted to return to school and pursue her education. She earned her GED in 8 short months and received support on enrolling at Crafton where she received information on Financial Aid, and other support programs such as EOPS and DSPS. This spring she took an EMT course and has decided to pursue a career in nursing where she can help others.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas

Harry C. Berger Scholarship

Engineering

“My dream is to work on as many projects to create sustainable cities or retrofit dilapidated urban areas with sustainable systems and programs.  My educational goal is to obtain a PhD in Civil Engineering to study how sustainable processes can be applied to large scale operations.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas

So Cal Edison STEM Scholarship

Engineering

“My dream is to work on as many projects to create sustainable cities or retrofit dilapidated urban areas with sustainable systems and programs.  My educational goal is to obtain a PhD in Civil Engineering to study how sustainable processes can be applied to large scale operations.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Justin Tornatora

Justin Tornatora

Charlie and Tommi Ng Endowed Scholarship

Business Administration

Justin is passionate about protecting the Barrier Reef in his home country of Australia. He is pursuing a business degree so that he can use his knowledge and experience to put forth new concepts and ideas toward protecting it. He hopes to use his management skills to work with other "marine lovers" to preserve the Barrier Reef for both the marine life and future generations to enjoy.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Lauren Valdez

Lauren Valdez

Kiwanis Club of Yucaipa Valley Scholarship

Political Science

“I chose a political science focus so that I can help the disadvantaged. I want to assist in creating policies that will aid the marginalized and underrepresented in our communities.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Elidia Valencia de Cardenas

Elidia Valencia de Cardenas

Amanda B. Markey Memorial Scholarship

Sociology

“I want to get my degree in Psychology because I want to help families and students in my community.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Mariano Velez

Mariano Velez

Wayne and Doris Milloy Mathematics Scholarship

Engineering

When Mariano started Crafton he was set on becoming a surgeon; however, when his true passions for math, physics and helping people were realized, that's when he switched gears and decided to focus on an Engineering degree instead. He knew that this new path would give him the necessary tools to feed all of his passions at once - the academic rigor to quench his thirst for math/physics and the ability to design a machine that would achieve his dream of helping the world.
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Lupita Villareal

Lupita Villarreal

Dr. Carla Thornton - Veterans Scholarship

Nutrition

"My aspirations consist of me acquiring a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science that would assist me in pursuing a medical career as a doctor. My vision is to one day provide affordable health care to marginalized communities." 
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Kayla Watson

Kayla Watson

Yucaipa Valley Rotary Club Scholarship

Theatre Arts

“Being a film writer/producer/director is so important to me because being a black/African American you learn that the world can be challenging to some. Opportunities aren't evenly distributed. I would like to help my people, young people, and others conceive the notion that anything is possible.”
21/22 Scholarship Recipient

Breanna Ysiano

Breanna Ysiano

Latino Faculty, Staff and Admin. Assn. Scholarship

Biology

"The Promise Program not only helped me financially, but it completely changed my perspective on life. My first semester here I took Biology 131, Populations and Organisms. Once I stepped foot into this course and met the teacher, I knew this is what I wanted to do. I made an appointment with a counselor to get on the right track and figure out the classes I needed  to become a biology major."