Community College President's Award

Transfer students

This award is designed for transfer students who have leadership potential, are community-service oriented and have a satisfactory GPA.

Students are nominated by their community college’s president and receive a renewable full-tuition award.


We accept nominations every year from Clark College, Lower Columbia College, Centralia College, Mt. Hood Community College and Portland Community College (Cascade campus only).

Contact your community college President’s Office for nomination information.

2014 – 2015 Recipients

To be announced!

2013 – 2014 Recipients

Momodou Musa Bah

Portland Community College

Momodou is an international student from The Gambia, a small country in Africa. Graduating second out of 20,000 students in his ninth-grade class, Momodou received numerous awards and scholarships to high school, including a full tuition waiver and the Trust Bank Excellence Award of Achievement.

A six-time Dean’s/President’s Honors student and member of Phi Theta Kappa at PCC, he will pursue a degree in biology.

Ramona Vercher

Clark Community College

A Running Start student while at Hudson’s Bay High School, Ramona also divided her time among student government, varsity basketball and the National Honor Society. A first-generation honors student at Clark, Ramona also served as a tutor in the Student Learning Center and a volunteer with the Urban Youth Program.

She will pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Watch Ramona receive her scholarship at graduation.

Brett Merritt

Lower Columbia College

Brett was home-schooled, then continued his education obtaining an AAS in Machine Trades. Two years after entering the workforce, Brett returned to LCC, where he was named 2011 English student of the year and selected for the 2012 All-Washington Academic Team.

Brett completed his AA-DTA with honors and will pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

Antonio Guerrero

Mt. Hood Community College

The son of Guatemalan immigrants, Antonio had every opportunity to be “just another statistic.” Few placed high expectations on him, and fewer supported his dream of being the first in his family to earn a college degree. Working nights and weekends to help support his family and pay for textbooks, Antonio served three years in student government, with his final year as vice-president, and still managed to spend countless hours volunteering in the community.

Travis Kinney

Centralia College

After mass layoffs in manual labor, Travis (a lifelong Lewis County resident) was able to take advantage of the Worker Retraining program and enroll in the Energy Technology Power Operations AAS degree path at Centralia. One year after breezing through the program, Travis realized he didn’t want to operate power systems; he wanted to design them.

He is pursuing a degree in engineering at WSU Vancouver.