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Student Testimonials

A college education is a powerful key to career opportunities. But millions of students are locked out of institutions of higher learning in the United States because they can’t afford the rapidly rising costs of tuition, fees, books and student housing.

Fortunately for them, some financially needy students receive one or more scholarships. These monetary awards help open classroom doors and enable the students to pursue their educational and career goals. 

During the 2016-2017 academic year, the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation awarded students enrolled at the institution 95 scholarships, ranging in value from $500 to $5000. While working hard to satisfy rigorous academic standards, most of these students also juggle the demands of part-time employment.  In addition, many are raising children and/or helping extended family members.

Here are a few of their inspirational stories!

“Receiving a scholarship is a huge opportunity for me, really the one I never thought I would ever have,” said Saray.  Thanks to a financial award from the Weinstein Beverage Opportunity Scholarship earlier this year, Saray is taking courses at WVC toward an Associate of Technical Science degree. She hopes to graduate in the winter or spring of 2018 and find employment as an administrative office assistant, possibly at a public utility district. 

Thinking further out, “I do want to continue my education and get a bachelor’s degree,” she said.

Saray was born in Mexico. A Wenatchee resident for the past 10 years, she graduated from high school here in 2011. 

“I am in a place I thought I would not be in when I was in high school,” she related. “I thought I was different and did not belong here. I also thought I did not have a chance to work in a better-than-minimum-wage job. 

“Now I realize that I was very wrong, and I am truly very thankful to receive this scholarship. It’s a huge help in the process of continuing my education.”