2017-18 Sierra College Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2017-18 Sierra College Scholarship Recipients

by Betty Manning, Scholarship Chair

Tonya Hart attempted to go to college 20+ years ago but it didn’t work out. Now, after a marriage of 21 years, raising two amazing daughters, a divorce and a serious illness, she returned to college.  Although her doctor told her she shouldn’t set her expectations too high, she’s soared!

In fact, she made all A’s this past semester and plans on doing it again for her final semester, during which she plans on taking 14 units (we only require 12 units for the scholarship)…….and her classes will include: Math, Statistics, Philosophy, Ethics, Psychology Research Methods and Symbolic Philosophy!  Very impressive! She will receive her AA-T for Psychology and an AA in Administration of Justice in May.  She’s hoping to be accepted into Edinburgh University in Scotland for her upper division education.  She feels she’s a role model for her daughters and nieces, that it’s never too late to get a  education!  We KNOW she’s a role model!

Pham Thi Kim Dung is an Accounting Major and plans to graduate this fall and continue her education at CSUS in the spring of 2019.  She’s very thankful for the scholarship, which has reduced her financial burden and allowed her to focus more on her schooling and the pursuit of her dream.  She has the strong belief that this world still has hands to grasp the hand (in other words, those who will help others in need).

I love the way she says this.  She thanks the AAUW for bringing hope and generosity to women who not only have the responsibility of learning but also the other responsibilities of motherhood, being a wife and a daughter.  She says this generosity has inspired her to help others and to give back to the community.  She hopes that one day she will be able to help others to get beyond their difficulties and get an education the way the AAUW has helped her.