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 and Centralia College.
Contact your community college President’s Office for nomination information.
Tanner Byman: Lower Columbia College
Byman got a jump on his college education as a Running Start student at LCC. Coming from a family of eight, he worked 20 hours a week at Cowlitz River Rigging to be able to afford books and tuition. He plans to major in mechanical engineering at WSU Vancouver and ultimately go on for an MBA. He wants to use his education to help improve everyday products.
Elsa Gomez: Portland Community College
Gomez immigrated to the United States from Nicaragua by way of Canada. She studied at PCC’s Cascade Campus. She plans to earn a degree in neuroscience at WSU Vancouver and pursue a career in research. Gomez expects to become the first in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Bailey Peters: Centralia College
Described by one of her professors as “dependable and upbeat,” Peters earned a reputation at Centralia College for being unafraid of a challenge, earning excellent grades and playing a leadership role in campus events. Peters, who grew up on a farm, took a year off after high school to travel and promote the Future Farmers of America. She was Miss Lewis County in 2016, wearing the same crown her mother did in 1985.
Nuvia Ramirez-Romero: Mt. Hood Community College
At Mt. Hood, Ramirez-Romero balanced classwork, extracurricular activities and family responsibilities. She served with the Student Activities Board, helped create MHCC’s American Association of University Women club, organized workshops and discussions, and was an officer of the college chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. She is the daughter of immigrants who speaks English as a second language.
Holly Varner: Clark College
Varner spent much of her life caring for her family during her husband’s 21-year career in the U.S. Navy. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She attended Clark with the eldest of her three sons, who enrolled in the Running Start program that allowed him to attend Clark while still at Washougal High School. She plans to study social work and/or public health.
Past award recipients
- Cheyenne DeFrates, Lower Columbia College
- Alseny Diallo, Portland Community College
- Kathy Fockler, Clark College
- Joscha Oswald, Centralia College
- Skye Troy, Mt. Hood Community College
- Yesenia Herrera, Portland Community College
- Natasha Hambrook, Clark College
- Beija Robbins, Mt. Hood Community College
- Rashida Ullah, Centralia College
- Anna Davis, Lower Columbia College
- Momodou Musa Bah, Portland Community College
- Ramona Vercher, Clark Community College
- Brett Merritt, Lower Columbia College
- Antonio Guerrero, Mt. Hood Community College
- Travis Kinney, Centralia College
- Hoa Le, Lower Columbia College
- John Hoffman, Centralia College
- Britany Martin, Portland Community College
- Tami Eldridge, Clark College
- Beatriz Madriz-Rodriguez, Mt. Hood Community College
- Inva Begolli, Clark College
- Nicole Buckner, Portland Community College
- Margaret Debevec, Centralia College
- Tia Glover, Mt Hood Community College
- Brian Jurvakainen, Lower Columbia College
- 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
- Dora Hernandez, Clark College
- Janine Johnston, Mt. Hood Community College
- Golnaz Koloushani, Centralia College
- Jeffrey Northington, Lower Columbia College
- Henry Ortega, Portland Community College
- Cynthia Bergman, Centralia College
- Angela Dahlke, Lower Columbia College
- Marneet Lewis, Portland Community College
- Kenneth Nyholm, Clark College
- Nicole Chittock, Lower Columbia College
- Carol Lopez-Gustin, Centralia College
- Victor McBrooks, Portland Community College
- Stanley Noga, Clark College
- Vanessa Brockman, Centralia College
- Asalie Groff, Lower Columbia College
- Pamela Sullivan, Clark College
- Maria Cook, Centralia College
- Sherry Murphy, Clark College
- Steven Gresswell, Clark College
- Jennifer McLean, Lower Columbia College
- Veronica Ross, Portland Community College