2017-18 Sierra College Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2017-18 Sierra College Scholarship Recipients

by Betty Manning, Scholarship Chair

 Sheri Courville – Sheri plans on graduating from Sierra College in the spring of 2018 with an AA in Philosophy. She then plans to transfer to CSUS to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Intercultural Studies with a minor in children’s studies. With her children grown, she says that the AAUW Scholarship will allow her to maintain her daily basic needs and focus on her studies. Starting next month, she will be sitting on the Placer County Consumer Council, which is made up of clients from the Adult System of Care. On this panel, she will be discussing County Mental Health & Substance use services, policies and programs. Sheri feels this is an opportunity for her to give input on what improvements she feels are needed to the existing services offered.

Tonya Hart – Tonya says that she attempted to go to college 20+ years ago but it didn’t work out. Now, divorced after 21 years of marriage, having raised two “amazing” daughters and recovering from a serious illness, she’s ready to move forward with her education. She was told not to set her goals too high and to possibly take an art class and her journey hasn’t been easy. However, she’s proven her doubters wrong and will graduate in the spring of 2018 with an AA-T for Psychology and an AA in Administration of Justice! From here, she hopes to be accepted into Edinburgh University in Scotland for her Bachelor’s…….a dream that is becoming a reality! She feels that she’s a role model for her daughters and nieces……that it is never too late to get a college education. Tonya thanks the AAUW for believing in her!

She feels that she’s a role model for her daughters and nieces……that it is never too late to get a college education. Tonya thanks the AAUW for believing in her!

Pham Thi Kim Dung– Pham, her husband and two children are immigrants from Viet Nam and absolute role models of how immigrants with perseverance and motivation can become successful! Neither of them spoke English when they arrived and Pham is now majoring in Accounting at Sierra College with the goal of graduating in the Fall of 2018! She plans to attend CSUS after graduating and will major in business/accounting, with the hope of helping others when she graduates. The AAUW Scholarship has reduced her financial burden, allowed her to focus on her education and pursue her dreams. She says: “This is the hope and the belief that this world still has hands to grasp the hand.” She would like to thank the AAUW for bringing hope and generosity to women like her, who already have the responsibilities of motherhood, wife and daughter in the family. She has been inspired to help others and to give back to the community and hopes that one day she will be able to help others to get over their difficulties like the AAUW has helped her.