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.


2021/22 recipients

Moses Korir

Moses Korir

Clark College

Moses Kimeli Korir was born in Mount Elgon at the border of Kenya and Uganda. At age 10, he saw a piano for the first time and was inspired to teach himself how to play—an experience that led him to the teaching profession. He earned a diploma in early childhood education in Kenya before moving to the United States in December 2018. He received an associate’s degree in early childhood education at Clark College and is pursuing a bachelor’s in human development at WSU Vancouver. He hopes to go on for a master’s degree in education and work as a college or university instructor.

Kathleen Neuhalfen

Kathleen Neuhalfen

Lower Columbia College

Kathleen Neuhalfen, known as Katie, grew up on an island in Southeast Alaska. She has wanted to work in medicine for as long as she can remember, but her plans for nursing school were derailed when she became a single mom. Years later, when two of her three children experienced complex health issues, she became immersed in the medical world and felt the calling to healthcare again. She enrolled in Lower Columbia College when her youngest son was 6 months old and graduated from the nursing program with highest honors in June 2021. Neuhalfen plans to go on for a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and become an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with a focus on integrative and lifestyle medicine.

Friedrich Ross

Friedrich Ross

Centralia College

When he found himself homeless in California, Friedrich Ross’s future looked bleak. He enrolled at Centralia College to take a beginning algebra class and get his GED so that he could join an apprenticeship program. Centralia was welcoming and helped him dream bigger. At Centralia, he dedicated himself to helping fellow students succeed academically. For example, he worked as a statistics tutor, started and served as president of the Data Science and Mathematics Club, founded a literary journal and joined the honor society. He earned several scholarships and the Outstanding Student Award for the 2020/21 academic year. Ross transferred to WSU Vancouver this year, where he is majoring in applied mathematics. He hopes to go on for a master’s degree in mathematics and work as a researcher on climate change and other environmental issues.


Prior award recipients

Prior Community College President's Award recipients
Recipient College Year
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