June 13, 2003

Southwestern College Foundation: Making Dreams Come True

Many Scholarships Available at Southwestern College

Chula Vista—For more than 20 years, the Southwestern College Foundation has helped students make their educational dreams come true, awarding thousands in scholarships each year.

Established in 1982, the Southwestern College Foundation is a charitable organization that exists solely for the purpose of benefiting Southwestern College (SWC) and its students. During the 2002-2003 school year, the Foundation benefited a total of 226 students and handed out nearly $25,000. It also gave out more than $25,000 to benefit the student learning experience by sending students on educational trips and to conferences, and supporting other on-campus events and activities.

“The Southwestern College Foundation is truly touching the lives of students and helping transform generations,” said Adela C. García, Southwestern College Foundation President.

The SWC Foundation offers a total of 13 scholarships: BRAVO Foundation Scholarship; California Association of Nurserymen Scholarship; Garden of Giving Scholarship; Hayden Stewart Memorial Scholarship; Mariachi Scholarship; Metallic Power Technology Scholarship; Michael L. Watkins Memorial Scholarship; Otay Books & Copies Scholarship; Otay Mesa Child Development Scholarship; Rose Tantalo and Elizabeth Conti Memorial Nursing Scholarship; Sarah Riker Memorial Scholarship; Transfer Scholarship; and the Vocational Education Scholarship.

Established by the Mariachi Scholarship Foundation, the Mariachi Scholarship has benefited dozens of Sweetwater Union High School District and SWC budding musicians with more than $12,000.

Founded in 2001, the California Association of Nurserymen Scholarship provides financial support not only to Southwestern College, but also to Cuyamaca College, and El Capitan High School students and any future horticulture program whose students are pursuing careers in the nursery industry.

The Rose Tantalo and Elizabeth Conti Scholarship is awarded in memory of Professor Rose Tatalo, one of the first community college nursing educators in the United States and Elizabeth Conti, a beloved member of the Southwestern College family for many years. The scholarship was created to honor their legacy and to offer financial assistance to nursing students.

Nursing student Vilma Archeta received one of the five Rose Tantalo and Elizabeth Conti Memorial Nursing Scholarships awarded this past year. “I will never forget how my instructors endlessly guide me and inspire me to finish college,” said Archeta, who plans to transfer to San Diego State University to earn her nursing degree.

The SWC Foundation accepts donations of any amount, as well as equipment, stock options, and deferred gifts. Funds are used to build the College’s endowment to guarantee scholarships for future generations, to promote student success, and to enrich the student learning experience.

Students wishing to apply for a scholarship can obtain an application and scholarship guidelines by calling the Southwestern College Transfer Center at (619) 482-6472 or by visiting www.swc.cc.ca.us.

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