Did you know that nearly $500,000 has been awarded in scholarship assistance to students in the Rim of the World communities who want to attend Cal State University San Bernardino?
For the past decade, Neale and Patricia Perkins, along with an enthusiastic band of about three dozen influential mountain residents, have worked to increased local college attendance of mountain community residents? This great program, the Mountain Communities Scholarship Program, is now in its eleventh year
On August 8 the Mountain Communities Scholarship Society will kick-off a new year of fundraising with an elegant, by-invitation-only event entitled “Pinecones Et Pinot.” This event will be held at the beautiful Lake Arrowhead estate, Belle Maison, which is the home of Neale and Patricia Perkins. The close-knit Lake Arrowhead community has been very generous with donations to the Mountain Communities Scholarship Program. During the past decade, more than $842,000 in scholarship funds have been raised by the Cal State University San Bernardino and they hope to reach their goal of hitting the $1 million mark at this year’s event.
“After service on the board for a few years, it became clear that there wasn’t the kind of awareness there should be about Cal State San Bernardino being the logical choice for higher education for our mountain students,” said Neal Perkins. He is given credit for being the visionary behind creating the scholarship and he has been a long-time member of the college’s Philanthropic Foundation board of directors. There was also a genuine need for continuing education among adults who wanted to pursue second careers. I wanted to create a scholarship for deserving students and to encourage more awareness between the university and the mountain communities”, Perkins said.
During the past decade, the Society has awarded $460,000 through 220 scholarship and, with 27 scholarships being awarding for the coming academic year, the Society will top the $500,000 mark in funds allocated to help fellow residents pursue higher education and to advance their careers with fewer financial worries.
The Mountain Communities Scholarship Committee includes Neale and Patricia Perkins, Tom and Mary Kay Bachman, Tami Bradley, Tom and Julie Cutler, Ron and Barbara Doutt, Harvey and Ginny Durand, Steve Fujii and Rosalyn Walker, Norton and Leslie Marks, Mike and Sue Miller, Dennis and Aylene Popka, Patrick and Jo Bonita Rains, George and Ann Tucker, Bob and Arlene Tymczyszyn and Lynne B. Wilson.
“Through the generosity of the Mountain Communities Scholarship Committee, I have been given the opportunity to expand my knowledge and have experienced personal and professional growth,” said Valeria Patricia Regalado Velles, who graduated from CSUSB with a degree in international business.
The scholarships are available to all majors with a preference to nursing or healthcare-related growth, are not restricted to new high school graduates. Financial need is also considered but is not essential.
“My dream of becoming a Registered Nurse, where I can help people fight for the lives and encourage them to live their lives to the fullest capacity, is not possible thanks to the Mountain Communities Scholarship,” said Natalie Glick, a senior in pre-nursing.
Guests at this year’s fundraiser will be entertained by KNBC Los Angeles award-winning newscaster and comedian Fritz Coleman and they will enjoy a dinner prepared by CSUSB’s acclaimed executive chef Tito Calderon. Guests can also participate in a silent auction with many high-end travel opportunities and unique specialties available.
“I want people to know that 100 percent of every dollar spent to come to this event and participate in the auctions goes toward the scholarship fund itself,” said Perkins. “We, the society members, fund everything else associated with putting on the dinner and event.
For more information on the Mountain Communities Scholarship Society and attending the August 8 event, please contact the CSUSB Advancement Office at (909) 537-3083 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.