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COM Awards $44,470 in Student Scholarships

Kentfield, CA— May 22, 2013 College of Marin held its annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony earlier this evening, in the Student Services Center at the Kentfield Campus. Of the 143 students that either applied or were recommended for scholarships, 78 received awards totaling $44,470. Several students received more than one scholarship and a total of 82 scholarships were awarded. The average award amount was approximately $500. An art student received the largest award of $2,300 from the Louis W. Dessauer Scholarship fund.

College of Marin Superintendent/President Dr. David Wain Coon and Trustee Diana Conti presented the scholarship awards.

“We are very grateful to the many donors who have established named and endowed scholarships at the College of Marin Foundation over the years,” said Dr. Coon. “Their generosity allows us to support the academic success of deserving and talented students from diverse backgrounds as well as those from even the most limited financial circumstances.”

The student keynote speaker, Nicholas Tyler Warner, president of the College of Marin Chapter of the Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS) Honor Society, was also a scholarship recipient this year.

Warner is a Marin native who graduated from Tamalpais High School in 2008. He attended the University of California, Santa Cruz after high school but fell prey to distractions that often derail students in their freshman year.

Warner is not alone in that regard. According to a 2010 report by the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center, approximately 20% of college freshmen do not make it to their sophomore year.

“Unfortunately for my GPA and my parents’ bank account, my priorities weren’t straight, and my main focus was on having a good time, and not on broadening my education,” Warner wrote in his scholarship application.

After an eight month stint working at a high tech firm, Warner felt stuck.

“After eight months of working, I felt as though there was something missing from my life. I worked hard, yet I wasn’t progressing any further nor was I making enough money to truly build a future for myself,” Warner said.

When the job folded, Warner was ready to refocus. He enrolled at College of Marin where his hard work and good grades provided him an entree to the College’s Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society (AGS). Warner credits AGS with igniting his passion for helping others in need.

“Community service work through AGS helped me realize that there’s more to life than my personal problems, and that there are so many people out there that need my help and help from others like me,” Warner said in his keynote address.

Warner is the recipient of this year’s John W. Mackey Scholarship. John Mackey, a past director of the College of Marin Foundation, endowed his scholarship to encourage students to continue their studies at a baccalaureate university.

Warner is excited about the future and is looking forward to continuing his studies at USF.

I never would have made it to where I am today without all the wonderful people I’ve met here at College of Marin,” Warner said in his concluding remarks. “I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me.”

The evening's complete program, including the 2013 scholarhips and their recipients, is available here.

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