Creston Rotary Announces Scholarship Winners
April 21, 2015--Winners of the 2015 Creston Rotary Scholarships to Southwestern Community College (SWCC) were recently announced at a luncheon at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston. Twelve students, all either current seniors or graduates of Creston High School, were awarded $300 scholarships to the college through the Southwestern Community College Education Foundation (EF).
“The Education Foundation congratulates these outstanding recipients,” Beth Kulow, executive director of the SWCC EF stated. “We are extremely appreciative of the continued support and generosity of the Creston Rotary.”
Eighth Annual Donor Scholar Dinner is Held
The Education Foundation hosted the college’s annual Donor Scholar Dinner Tues., November 4, starting at 6 p.m., in room 180 of the Instructional Center. This event provides opportunities for the SWCC scholarship recipients to meet the donors who provided the funding for their scholarships through the college’s Education Foundation.
Student speakers for the event included sophomore Zach Powers (pictured below) of Creston and sophomore Jill Vanderhoof (pictured below Powers photo) of Villisca.
Mullin Family Donates to EF
The Fraternal Order of Eagles #1398 of Creston presented a check to the Southwestern Community College Education Foundation, thanks to a donation from the Don Mullin Family Memorial, to award scholarships to four SWCC students.
Pictured above (from L to R) are Beth Kulow, SWCC Education Foundation executive director; Randy Hiatt, Fraternal Order of Eagles #1398 secretary; and Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president.
Wichhart Family Scholarship Endowment Established at SWCC
The Southwestern Community College Education Foundation will soon provide scholarship funding to students through the Wichhart Family Endowment. The endowment was established by Bob and Venita Wichhart. Bob, a former Southwestern student, grew up in Creston.
Beginning fall 2014, a scholarship will be awarded annually to a nontraditional student showing financial need. The Wichharts are excited about what these scholarships will mean to SWCC students.
Abell Awarded Mickey Finn Scholarship
Creston, IA--On Tuesday, May 7, the Creston Kiwanis Club presented Creston High School senior Garrett Abell with the Mickey Finn Education Scholarship.
Abell will attend college this fall at Southwestern Community College with a major in nursing. He is the son of Scott and Mendy Abell of Cromwell.
The late-Mickey Finn was a long-time Kiwanis member and well-known Creston business owner. Finn’s family, including his wife, Karon, established this annual scholarship through the Southwestern Community College Education Foundation to honor his memory.
Pictured at right: Karon Finn, Education Foundation donor; Garrett Abell, Creston High School senior and scholarship recipient; and Dr. Matt Thompson, executive director of the SWCC Education Foundation.
Evelyn Reed Scholarships Established
Carol King, daughter of the late Evelyn Reed, recently established the Evelyn Reed Memorial Scholarship, through the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Education Foundation, in memory of her mom.
With these funds, two scholarships will be awarded to non-traditional aged SWCC students who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to education majors with an interest in teaching mathematics.
Reed was a long-time math educator in the Orient and Creston school districts and King is currently a math educator at Creston Middle School. King was inspired to give these scholarships to help students continue their education no matter their age.
Pictured at right: Dr. Matt Thompson, SWCC Education Foundation executive director, and Carol King, Education Foundation donor.
Donation Received by Electrical Technology Program
Three generous companies recently donated a total of $2,000 to the SWCC electrical technology program through the college’s Education Foundation. A big thank you to Central Iowa Power Cooperative, Clarke Electric Cooperative, and Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative.
Pictured at right are representatives from two of these companies (L to R): Phil Kinser from Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative; Jason Gibbs from Clarke Electric Cooperative; Jeff Stuber, SWCC electrical technology instructor; and Tom Freml and Pam Carson from Central Iowa Power Cooperative.
Richardson Awarded Mickey Finn Education Scholarship
Creston, IA--On Tuesday, May 3, the Creston Kiwanis Club presented Southwestern Community College student Donovan Richardson with the Mickey Finn Education Scholarship. Richardson will be a sophomore at Southwestern during the 2011-12 school year.
Richardson’s parents, Mike and Lacey Richardson, were also at the ceremony.
Mickey Finn was a long-time Kiwanis member. His family established an annual scholarship through the Southwestern Community College Education Foundation to honor his memory.
Pictured: Donovan Richardson; Dr. Matt Thompson, executive director of the Education Foundation, and Jane Lowe, Creston Kiwanis member
Provost Scholarship Endowment Established at SWCC
MAY 23, 2011--The Southwestern Community College Education Foundation will begin providing scholarship funding to students through the Dr. Richard L. & Marilyn E. Provost Endowment. The endowment was established by the Provosts of Creston. Dr. Provost served as an education and psychology faculty member at Southwestern Community College from 1974 until his retirement in 1987.
Beginning fall 2012, the Dr. Richard L. & Marilyn E. Provost Endowment will award two scholarships to students majoring in pre-psychology and pre-education. Individuals eligible for these scholarships will be full-time SWCC students who have earned 24 credits and have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average. Preference will be given to students demonstrating financial need. The Provosts decided to give to the SWCC Education Foundation due to their interest in helping students attain post-education.
“Lynn and I want to provide support to students pursuing their education at Southwestern Community College. The college continues to grow and offer more students significant opportunities,” Dr. Provost commented. “We have always believed in the importance of higher education and know this will help many students in the future.”
United Methodist Church Donates Funds for Welding Scholarship
MAY 12, 2011--Dennis Carter, chairperson of the trustees at the United Methodist Church in Creston, has announced the church is donating a $500 one-time gift to the Southwestern Community College Education Foundation to be used toward a scholarship for a welding student.
SWCC's welding students constructed a sidewalk handrail in the fall of 2010 for the United Methodist Church. According to Carter, the church leaders and members of the congregation could not have been happier with the workmanship on the project.
Dr. Matt Thompson, executive director of the SWCC Education Foundation, stated the scholarship will be awarded during the fall of 2011 to a current SWCC student who shows a high aptitude in welding, as well as a strong initiative in the classroom and the community.
“We are proud of the work the welding students completed,” Thompson commented. “This generous donation from the United Methodist Church will make a difference in the life of a future SWCC welding student.”
Booth Family Scholarship Endowment Established at SWCC
APRIL 27, 2011--The Southwestern Community College Education Foundation will soon provide scholarship funding to students through the R & S Booth Family Endowment. The endowment was established by Russ and Sharon Booth of Creston.
Beginning fall 2012, a scholarship will be awarded annually to a second-year SWCC student from Union County. The Booths are excited about what these scholarships will mean to SWCC students.
“Russ and I feel it is important to provide this scholarship as an effort to enable more students to receive their education and contribute to our community,” Sharon commented. “We are supporters of Southwestern and know this scholarship will help many students in the future.”
PHOTO (L to R): Dr. Matt Thompson, executive director of SWCC Education Foundation; Sharon Booth; Russ Booth; and Dr. Barb Crittenden, president of SWCC.
Scholarship Endowment Established in Memory of Jim Peak
MARCH 10, 2011--The Southwestern Community College Education Foundation will soon provide scholarship funding to students through the Jim Peak Endowment. Beginning fall 2011, one scholarship will be awarded annually to a nursing major who demonstrates financial need.
The endowment was recently established by Dorothy Peak in loving memory of her son Jim Peak.
Pictured (L to R): Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president; Dorothy Peak; and Dr. Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of students and executive director of the college's Education Foundation.
Southwestern Community College's Education Foundation distributes a semi-annual newsletter to SWCC's donors and friends. To view recent newsletters please use the links below:
Fourth Annual SWCC Donor/Scholar Reception
November 16, 2010
Third Annual SWCC Donor/Scholar Reception
November 12, 2009