Clark College Foundation awards $1 million in scholarships to Clark students
323 students receive awards for fall quarter
For the fourth consecutive year, Clark College Foundation awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to students who will attend Clark College in the fall or are transferring from Clark to a four-year institution.
More than $1,015,000 was awarded to 323 students. One hundred thousand dollars of that amount was earmarked for transfer scholarships—providing support to students who graduated from Clark and will pursue a degree at a four-year college or university. In all, Clark College Foundation provided $153,000 more in scholarships this year compared to this time last year, thanks to the generosity of donors.
“This is about giving more people access to higher education,” said Lisa Gibert, CEO of Clark College Foundation. “Clark College Foundation is here to provide community members with affordable options to pursue their career paths, and the opportunities that open for them when they complete degrees or certificates.”
Gilead Bourne, who graduated from Clark College on June 18, is one of the recipients who received an award (Field scholarship) during her time at Clark and will continue to get the scholarship when she attends Portland State University in the fall to study music education and vocal performance.
“I am a completely independent student and have always observed that my main source of stress stemmed from financial struggles,” said Gilead Bourne, Clark College class of 2020. “However, I am adamant to achieve my degree in music education and to one day help my students as my teachers have helped me. Being awarded a scholarship not only makes my time at university easier financially but also possible. I will forever be grateful for this wonderful opportunity to continue my education and to someday make a difference.”
In addition to scholarships, Clark College Foundation provides millions of dollars each year to Clark College for program support, projects and faculty/staff development. Since its inception in 1973, Clark College Foundation has provided Clark College with nearly $73 million in college-related support.