Community College President's Award

Transfer students

This program recognizes transfer students by acknowledging their accomplishments and offering opportunities for significant support toward their college education at Washington State University Vancouver.

The award is designed for students who have leadership potential, are community service oriented, and who have a satisfactory grade point average (GPA).

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


Currently 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.

2013 – 2014 Recipients

Momodou Musa Bah

Portland Community College

Momodou is an international student from The Gambia, a small country in Africa.  Graduating 2nd out of 20,000 students in his 9th 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 be pursuing a degree in Biology.

Ramona Vercher

Clark Community College

A Running Start student while at Hudson’s Bay High School, Ramona also managed to divide her time between Student Government, Varsity Basketball, and National Honor Society.  A first generation Honors student at Clark, Ramona was also active as a tutor in the Student Learning Center and a Volunteer with the Urban Youth Program.

She will be pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Watch Ramona receive her scholarship at graduation.

Brett Merritt

Lower Columbia College

Brett has had an interesting educational journey.  After homeschooling, he 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 be pursuing 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 on student government, with his final year as Vice-President and still managed to spend countless hours volunteering in the community.

His legacy will be remembered on the MHCC campus for years to come.

Travis Kinney

Centralia College

After mass layoffs in manual labor, Travis (a life-long 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 thru the program with relative ease, Travis had an epiphany, He didn’t want to operate power systems, he wanted to design them.

A National Science Foundation STEM scholar, Travis is well known on the Centralia campus as a premier math tutor.    He will be pursuing a degree in engineering at WSUV.

2012 – 2013 Recipients

Hoa Le

Lower Columbia College

Hoa came to America in July 2009 and started at Lower Columbia College in the Fall of 2009.  She was a peer mentor in the Student Support Services program at LCC and a volunteer at the LCC Head Start.  During her time at LCC, Le worked in the Office of College Relations and Marketing as a work-study student and is known as a model student.

Le was able to maintain an average of 3.99 GPA regardless of countless challenges of diversity and an uncertain future.  She was honored as an Outstanding Learning Student in Business and Economics in 2011-2012. 

John Hoffman

Centralia College

After losing his home, construction business, and vehicles, John Hoffman decided to change careers and attended Centralia College to become a Civil Engineer Tech.  After finding that he still loved math, science and AutoCAD, he decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, committing his family of six to four more years of college.

Hoffman interned at Centralia City Light, where he headed up their conservation department.  He participated in two student led energy audits at Centralia College, and successfully lobbied the Washington State Department of Commerce and Washington State Department of Transportation to bring electric vehicle infrastructure to Centralia as a part of the West Coast Electric Highway Project.  He also brought a 2.5 kilowatt wind-turbine, and installed six 175 watt solar panels at the new energy park at Centralia College.

Hoffman volunteers his free time at his church teaching classes, and is helping to bring a free medical clinic called the Hope and Health Free Medical Clinic to Centralia, WA.

Britany Martin

Portland Community College, Cascade Campus

Britany graduated with an Associates of Science degree from PCC,  where she achieved seven terms on the Honors/Dean/Presidents list.  A first generation college student from a single parent household, she will be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development.  She plans to become an Art Therapist, working with children and young adults dealing with emotional trauma and illness

Britany is avidly involved in her community, participating in the Special Olympics, Cascade Aids Project, and PTA Reflections “Diversity means..".  She is also an accomplished artist, with ceramic pieces showcased in PCC/Cascade Campus’ 2011 ArtBeat, and photography showcased in PCC/Cascade Campus’ 2012 Photozine.

Tami Eldridge

Clark College

For Tami Eldridge, attending college is honoring a promise she made to herself in high school. The daughter of a single mother, Eldridge spent part of her freshman year in a homeless shelter as her mother struggled to support the family. Eldridge’s two elder brothers became involved with drugs, and during her sophomore year of high school her oldest brother committed suicide during a drug-induced psychosis.

It was when Eldridge’s own children entered elementary school that she began considering a career as a teacher. Eldridge graduated from Clark College with a 3.98 GPA. She has been accepted into the Bachelor of Arts in Education Program at WSU Vancouver and is considering pursuing a career as a middle school math teacher.

Beatriz Madriz-Rodriguez

Mt. Hood Community College

Rodriguez, a David Douglas High School graduate, credits much of her academic success to TRIO; Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.  She set a goal to be a pre-med major and has been committed to it since day one. She is an extremely hard-working and caring person and I know that these characteristics will shine as she progresses along in her education.

At MHCC, Rodriguez was very involved with the Student Outreach and Recruitment (SOAR) team, which coordinated campus visits and led campus tours for prospective students, and hosted career fairs. She plans to earn her Bachelor’s degree at WSU, apply to medical school and one day work in an emergency room or specialize in neuroscience.

2011 – 2012 Recipients

  • Inva Begolli, Clark College
  • Nicole Buckner, Portland Community College
  • Margaret Debevec, Centralia College
  • Tia Glover, Mt Hood Community College
  • Brian Jurvakainen, Lower Columbia College

2010 – 2011 Recipients

  • Sheila Rae Henrickson, Clark College
  • Melissa Knudson, Lower Columbia College
  • George W Lewis III, Mt. Hood Community College
  • Hanna Mekonen, Portland Community College
  • Daniel Morrison, Centralia College

2009 – 2010 Recipients

  • Dora Hernandez, Clark College
  • Janine Johnston, Mt. Hood Community College
  • Golnaz Koloushani, Centralia College
  • Jeffrey Northington, Lower Columbia College
  • Henry Ortega, Portland Community College

2008 – 2009 Recipients

  • Cynthia Bergman, Centralia College
  • Angela Dahlke, Lower Columbia College 
  • Marneet Lewis, Portland Community College
  • Kenneth Nyholm, Clark College

2007 – 2008 Recipients

  • Nicole Chittock, Lower Columbia College
  • Carol Lopez-Gustin, Centralia College
  • Victor McBrooks, Portland Community College
  • Stanley Noga, Clark College

2006 – 2007 Recipients

  • Vanessa Brockman, Centralia College
  • Asalie Groff, Lower Columbia College
  • Pamela Sullivan, Clark College

2005 – 2006 Recipients

  • Maria Cook, Centralia College
  • Sherry Murphy, Clark College
  • Steven Gresswell, Clark College
  • Jennifer McLean, Lower Columbia College 
  • Veronica Ross, Portland Community College