FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 25, 2009
MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
Contact: Chris Snyder, Media Assistant
T: 707-468-3098 or 707-489-5699, Fax: 707-467-1023
File: – MC Foundation Book Scholarship
Mendocino College Book Awards Aids Students
Ukiah, CA - The Mendocino College Foundation is working to increase assistance to students who need help purchasing required text books.
The Yvonne Sligh Book Award program has been in existence since 2002 at Mendocino College and was implemented in memory of Yvonne Sligh who worked at the College for over 16 years, 12 of which she was Head Librarian.
“The original intent of the scholarship was to help support students without any other financial aid means to purchase books,” Mendocino College Superintendent/President Kathy Lehner said. Specific criteria and guidelines are followed to ensure that the students receiving the vouchers are taking a minimum number of units and do not receive other financial support.
The book vouchers are distributed at all Mendocino College campuses to qualifying students. Vouchers are limited to one per student per semester, need the approval of Faculty members, and students are required to use them at the College Bookstore only. In recent years, the Mendocino College Foundation has allocated $5,000 per year to the fund and Faculty and Staff members have also participated by collectively donating approximately $1,700 per year.
Recently, however, due to the ever-increasing need for text books, the growth in College enrollment and the increase in text book cost, donations to the Yvonne Sligh Book Award Fund have increased.
College Faculty and Staff members are now giving approximately $4,800 annually and the Foundation hopes to allocate additional funds in their upcoming budget development for 2009/2010.
Generous donations from community members have also been received and the Foundation hopes to cultivate more outside donations to support this worthy program.
“With the growing student population and the rising cost of texts, the student need for support obviously increases. The Foundation truly appreciates all the generous donations received in an effort to meet that need,” stated Kerry McMullen, Foundation Support Specialist.According to Superintendent/President Lehner, the Foundation’s long-term goal is to eventually give at least one book voucher to every student not receiving any other financial aid.
“This is really a student success issue. If you don’t have a book for a class, how do you expect to successfully complete the class?” Lehner said.For information about how to donate to this program, contact Kerry McMullen in the Foundation office at 707-467-1018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Created: March 25, 2009 @ 08:49 AM
Last Modified: May 08, 2009 @ 08:26 AM