A $1.37 million gift to thecollege is helping students whoare ready to transfer to four-yearcolleges. Donor Hulda Mae Stone, who passed away in 2011, left the gift to the college for the purpose of helping students by offering the scholarships and other aid to needy students. A total of $26,000 was awarded to 13 students. We introduce three of those students on these pages, and two of them also received the SCC Distinguished Service Award, honoring outstanding community service.
Jimmie McClain, far right, joined theUS Army and served four years,including a tour in Iraq. After enlisting in the Army Reserves,she enrolled at SCC, earned a degree in biology and began the Dental Hygiene Program. She graduated this year and plans a new career as a Registered Dental Hygienist while continuing her education to earn a bachelor's degree in Health Care Administration at CSUS with a goal of becoming a dentist. The Hulda Mae Stone Scholarship will help McClain achieve her goals. She volunteers at Veteran Stand Down events, which aid homeless veterans with a variety of services, and in Remote Area Medical, a foundation providing free health care clinics to communities. She assisted the California Dental Association at Cal Expo to provide different types of dental services, helped in the Medina's Day Care by giving a presentation on how to care for teeth, and volunteers in a variety of community efforts to educate and provide dental services. She received the SCC Distinguished Service Award during the 2013 commencement ceremony.
Micah Patterson, center, began volunteering at the age of 14 at his local Food Co-op. He lived in Arizona at the time and, also at age 14, petitioned the City Council to build a skate park for youth in his town. Though he moved and did not receive the benefits of that park, he was successful on their behalf. Patterson continued his community activism, becoming a leader in groups such as MESA at SCC, the Society of Hispanic Micah Professional Engineers, SCC's City Farm Club, and the UC Davis Chapter of Engineers Without Borders. In his final semester at SCC, Patterson received the honor of being chosen for the Phi Theta Kappa All California Academic Team, and served as PTK's vice president of Environment. He received SCC's Young Men Emerging Leadership Award and was the 2013 top scholarship recipient. During the 2013 commencement ceremony, he received the college's Distinguished Service Award. This fall, he begins a new journey at Stanford University.
Ernesto Gutierrez, left, has lived in the United States for six years, and English is his second language. As an AB 540 student, he wasn't eligible for the Board of Governor's fee waiver or state and federal scholarships prior to January of this year. He works two jobs, receiving no help from family for college expenses. With so much to overcome, Gutierrez maintained a 4.0 GPA at SCC. He served as president of the SCC Dream Team, is active in the Latino Club, is a Student Associated Council Senator, a Phi Theta Kappa member and a Puente Club Ambassador. He also volunteers for Delta High School as a tutor. Last November, he won the California Latino Voices Writing Contest. He will transfer after only two years at SCC, a significant accomplishment, especially considering the obstacles that he has overcome. Gutierrez's dream is to attend Stanford University to study foreign languages-Spanish, French and Italian - and earn a doctorate in Spanish. He wants to teach at the college level and reach out to underrepresented high school students who have no means of visiting college campuses so that they might better understand opportunities available to them. He is one of this year's top scholarship recipients, and won the Hulda Mae Stone Endowment Scholarship to help with college expenses.
For more information on Planned Gifts contact the Sacramento City College Foundation at 916-558-2197.