Community College President's Award

Leadership and service

The Community College President's 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
  • Lower Columbia College

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

2022/23 recipients

Maddie H

Maddie Hennerty

Clark College

Maddie Hennerty is a first-generation Mexican American college student. She began working at 16 so she could afford college tuition. While working and attending college, she maintained a 3.96 GPA and was named to the Clark College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. As a student affairs consultant at Clark College (she has since been promoted to student retention assistant), she played a key role in making the campus fully vaccinated and bringing students back in person. Maddie has received many honors, including the OSWALD outstanding student employee award, the Paul and Kathryn Welsh scholarship, and the Clark College Alumni Association scholarship. At WSU Vancouver, she is majoring in sociology and minoring in Spanish and criminal justice.


Trinity Butterfield

Centralia College

Trinity Butterfield has excelled academically ever since kindergarten in Onalaska, Wash., even though, at age 4, she was a year younger than her peers when she started. She maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout middle school and high school. She has played the clarinet for seven years and was a big part of her high school’s Symphonic Band. The pandemic didn’t slow her down. She started at Centralia College in 2020 through the Running Start program, with fully online classes while taking only band in high school. She continued her academic success at Centralia with a perfect GPA for fall quarter 2021 and received her A.A. degree in June 2022 at the age of 17. Trinity is majoring in earth and environmental science at WSU Vancouver and hopes to become a national park ranger and eventually do ecological fieldwork or study natural disasters.


Eakthapor Shinvoranont

Lower Columbia College

His name is Eakthapor Shinvoranont, but everyone calls him Ming. Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, he had long dreamed of studying in the United States. He was an exchange student during his sophomore year at Toutle Lake High School in Toutle, Wash. After high school, he earned his associate degree at Lower Columbia College. The math and physics classes he took at LCC stimulated his interest in engineering. After graduating from WSU Vancouver, he hopes to pursue a master’s degree in aerospace engineering.

Prior award recipients

Prior Community College President's Award recipients
Recipient College Year
Moses Korir Clark College 2021/22
Friedrich Ross Centralia College 2021/22
Kathleen Neuhalfen Lower Columbia College 2021/22
Evans Kaame Clark College 2020/21
Matt Rounsley Centralia College 2020/21
Tia Verhasselt Lower Columbia College 2020/21
Esmeralda “Vita” Blanco Clark College 2019/20
Josiah Cowin Centralia College 2019/20
Ashley Smith Lower Columbia College 2019/20
Heather Beaird Centralia College 2018/19
Clinton Howard Lower Columbia College 2018/19
Grace Moe Clark College 2018/19
Josiah J. Corwin Centralia College 2017/18
Nicholas Freese Clark College 2017/18
Andrew Jaspers Lower Columbia College 2017/18
Tanner Byman Lower Columbia College 2016/17
Elsa Gomez Portland Community College 2016/17
Bailey Peters Centralia College 2016/17
Nuvia Ramirez-Romero Mt. Hood Community College 2016/17
Holly Varner Clark College 2016/17
Cheyenne DeFrates Lower Columbia College 2015/16
Alseny Diallo Portland Community College 2015/16
Kathy Fockler Clark College 2015/16
Joscha Oswald Centralia College 2015/16
Skye Troy Mt. Hood Community College 2015/16
Yesenia Herrera Portland Community College 2014/15
Natasha Hambrook Clark College 2014/15
Beija Robbins Mt. Hood Community College 2014/15
Rashida Ullah Centralia College 2014/15
Anna Davis Lower Columbia College 2014/15
Momodou Musa Bah Portland Community College 2013/14
Ramona Vercher Clark College 2013/14
Brett Merritt Lower Columbia College 2013/14
Antonio Guerrero Mt. Hood Community College 2013/14
Travis Kinney Centralia College 2013/14
Hoa Le Lower Columbia College 2012/13
John Hoffman Centralia College 2012/13
Britany Martin Portland Community College 2012/13
Tami Eldridge Clark College 2012/13
Beatriz Madriz-Rodriguez Mt. Hood Community College 2012/13
Inva Begolli Clark College 2011/12
Nicole Buckner Portland Community College 2011/12
Margaret Debevec Centralia College 2011/12
Tia Glover Mt. Hood Community College 2011/12
Brian Jurvakainen Lower Columbia College 2011/12
Sheila Rae Henrickson Clark College 2010/11
Melissa Knudson Lower Columbia College 2010/11
George W. Lewis III Mt. Hood Community College 2010/11
Hanna Mekonen Portland Community College 2010/11
Daniel Morrison Centralia College 2010/11
Dora Hernandez Clark College 2009/10
Janine Johnston Mt. Hood Community College 2009/10
Golnaz Koloushani Centralia College 2009/10
Jeffrey Northington Lower Columbia College 2009/10
Henry Ortega Portland Community College 2009/10
Cynthia Bergman Centralia College 2008/09
Angela Dahlke Lower Columbia College 2008/09
Marneet Lewis Portland Community College 2008/09
Kenneth Nyholm Clark College 2008/09
Nicole Chittock Lower Columbia College 2007/08
Carol Lopez-Gustin Clark College 2007/08
Victor McBrooks Portland Community College 2007/08
Stanley Noga Centralia College 2007/08
Vanessa Brockman Centralia College 2006/07
Asalie Groff Lower Columbia College 2006/07
Pamela Sullivan Clark College 2006/07
Maria Cook Centralia College 2005/06
Sherry Murphy Clark College 2005/06
Steven Gresswell Clark College 2005/06
Jennifer McLean Lower Columbia College 2005/06
Veronica Ross Portland Community College 2005/06