Edmonds Community College Foundation awarded scholarships to students in the school’s first bachelor’s degree program. Scholarship winner Dwanye Carpenter, along with Teresa Lin, MSW, manager of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Child, Youth, and Family Studies (BAS), spoke with Edmonds Community College Foundation board members about the program and the impact of receiving a scholarship.
Lin said the BAS program was built upon what local employers asked for and offers a direct pathway to advanced jobs in early childhood education, social and human services, such as a community service manager, and on to graduate master programs. The program’s upper division classes are held twice weekly from 6-9 p.m., so students can work full-time.
BAS student Dwayne Carpenter spoke about receiving an EdCC Foundation BAS scholarship. His background is in construction, and now his goal is to finish the BAS degree and use his new skills to strengthen families and build resilience in kids. He was initially reluctant to apply for the scholarship because he didn’t want to be told no. But he was overjoyed when he learned he was selected as a scholarship recipient.
The scholarship will help Carpenter meet his obligations and continue in the program.
Lin mentioned another scholarship recipient, Tonja Cram, who was able to cut back from supporting a family by working two jobs to now working just one job while attending school. Cram’s goal is to become a chemical dependency counselor or work with homeless people.
A third scholarship recipient, Stephanie Medina, is a preschool teacher interested in bringing quality education to children in difficult situations.
All three scholarship recipients expressed thanks to the donors who support the Edmonds Community College Foundation and the scholarship program.
In June 2018, applications open for three more scholarships in the amount of $2,150 each to students enrolled in the BAS program. The money for the scholarships is raised by the Edmonds Community College Foundation.
The Foundation is the charitable organization that supports Edmonds Community College, connecting South Snohomish County to its college and raising over $700,000 annually. Most of the funding provides scholarships, along with emergency funding and investments in impactful programs and projects. The Foundation funds scholarships and transforms lives and the community through the power of education, ensuring students have access to the support they need to succeed.
The Foundation’s annual fundraising gala is set for Sat., May 5, with the theme of Completing the Dream: Making Futures Bright for Students. Community members and businesses are invited to attend or invest in the students by contributing online.
–By Janette Turner