Community College President's Award

Leadership and service

Transfer students

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

Students are nominated by their community college’s president and receive a renewable full resident tuition award. (This award cannot combine with other waiver programs over the cost of tuition and fees.)

We accept nominations every year from Centralia College, Clark College and Lower Columbia College.

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

2017/18 recipients

Josiah J. Corwin

Josiah J. Corwin—Centralia College

Corwin got a jump on college with Running Start in fall 2013. This year, he talked to new Running Start students to help prepare them for the coming year. One of nine brothers and sisters, Corwin attended Centralia while working part-time as a barista. He earned his A.A. in 2016 but decided to stay an extra year before transferring to WSU Vancouver, where he is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Corwin is an Eagle Scout who loves to hike (he summited Mt. Adams and Mt. Ellinor this past summer), water ski and snow ski.

Nicholas Freese

Nicholas Freese—Clark College

Higher education “has shown me a world I didn’t think was possible for me,” Freese said. But getting there wasn’t easy. He dropped out of high school in New Mexico and struggled with addiction before ending up in Vancouver—sober but unsure how to build a better life. Enrolling at Clark, he quickly proved to be an exemplary student, earning a 3.77 GPA, volunteering in the community and serving as primary caretaker of his daughter. Now 28, Freese is associate director of legislative affairs with the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver, pursuing a degree in public affairs and planning to become a lawyer. He lives in Vancouver with his daughter, Sadie, age 4, and his wife, Ashley.

Andrew Jaspers

Andrew Jaspers—Lower Columbia Community College

Jaspers didn’t know what he wanted to do in life when he enrolled at LCC. So he earned both a general transfer degree and then, at the prodding of his professors, a transfer degree in mechanical engineering—his major at WSU Vancouver. He maintained a 4.0 GPA and was awarded the transfer math, physics and engineering student of the year award. He was also chosen for the All-Washington Academic Team and received the Kiwanis Longview-Kelso Natural Science Award. At LCC he was a tutor and volunteered with a medical team visiting Peru.

Past award recipients


  • Tanner Byman—Lower Columbia College
  • Elsa Gomez—Portland Community College
  • Bailey Peters—Centralia College
  • Nuvia Ramirez-Romero—Mt. Hood Community College
  • Holly Varner—Clark College


  • 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


For answers, call the Cougar Center at 360-546-9779 or send us an email.