On the Town: Club gives $24K in scholarships

May 26, 2010|By Ruth Sowby
  • Surrounding scholarship winner Mary Garcia are, from left, Patrons Club Co-Scholarship Chairmen, from left, Karen Wharton and Betty Musacco.
Surrounding scholarship winner Mary Garcia are, from… (Ruth Sowby )

The Patrons Club of Glendale Community College kicked off scholarship season in style with the annual Scholarship Luncheon in the campus Student Center. Some 150 students, faculty and administers were welcomed by Supt./President Dawn Lindsay and Club President Judy Gorham on Thursday.

Club advisor and Dean of Student Affairs Paul Schlossman announced that during the past academic year, 500 students have received $300,000 in scholarships. At Thursday's event, the Patrons Club awarded $24,000 in scholarships to 29 students and grants-in-aid to 30 students.

Co-Scholarships Chairwomen Betty Musacco and Karen Wharton presented the scholarships. Two of those were awarded to students from the college's well-known Culinary Arts Department. Linda Alvarez and Josue Ortiz doffed their chef hats to receive their awards after preparing and serving, along with a dozen other culinary students, a luncheon of fruit-glazed chicken.

Theater arts students Mary Garcia and Joell Grager were given their awards to an extra amount of audience applause. Last year, Garcia starred in the college's well-received musical "Fiddler on the Roof."


Retired college Supt./President John Davitt also awarded his personally funded scholarships to Jessica Martin, Suren Meliksetyan and Bryan Redfern.

The Patrons Club was founded in 1947 to provide a financial support group for students at Glendale Community College.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 139 played waiters for an evening at Damon's Steakhouse. On May 19, a dozen Boy Scouts assisted servers in juggling trays of food and beverages for hungry customers. "Tip a Scout" envelopes were prominently displayed on every table.

Scout James Aguirre, 12, served his grandparents, Dorothy and Jim Dunlap from Glendale. Scout Christian Auajo, 12, also served meals to receptive customers — his parents Clara and Carlos Aruajo and sister Alyssa Aruajo, 7, from Glendale.

Kathy Yepez, Troop 139 Parent Committee chairwoman, said she expected proceeds from the evening to exceed last year's $1,000. Funds will be used toward summer camp, attendance at Jamboree and other scouting events.

"Viva Fiesta" was the theme for College View's School annual fundraiser hosted by the College View Foundation and staff. On Friday, Mariachi music, cake walks, piñata-busting, tacos for dinner and a silent auction kept dozens of parents, their students and guests more than busy.

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