Rio Hondo College Foundation and community donors award students with nearly $64,000 in scholarships

WHITTIER – Seventy-six exceptional Rio Hondo College students received scholarship awards totaling nearly $64,000 from the Rio Hondo College Foundation at the Fall 2016 Scholarship Awards Reception on Jan. 27.


In all, the students received 104 separate awards that will provide assistance as they pursue their higher education journeys.


“This is a tremendous outpouring of support for our students,” Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss said. “I thank the Rio Hondo College Foundation and its many generous patrons from our community who have made possible these gifts and the promise they offer to our students.”


Dreyfuss participated in the ceremony, as did Vice President of Student Services Henry Gee, Foundation Board President John Peel and Foundation Executive Director Howard Kummerman. The event was attended by College leaders, donors, family members and friends.


The Rio Hondo College Foundation oversees the scholarship awards process, and accepts gifts from generous donors throughout the community, including many faculty and staff at Rio Hondo. Additional funds are raised through the Foundation’s annual Taste of Rio event in April.


“These gifts are a heart-warming reminder of how strongly our community values the efforts of Rio Hondo and the courage and conviction of our students,” Board of Trustees President Norma Edith Garcia said. “Scholarships programs like this really highlight the strengths of our students and inspire us all with their commitment to academic success.”

CAPTION: Rio Hondo College Foundation President John Peel addresses students, College leaders, families and community members at the Foundation’s Fall 2016 Scholarship Reception. Some 76 students received nearly $64,000 in scholarships.

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