Karen Gilmore ESL Book Awards Help Students Succeed

September 1, 2017

Mendocino College Students enrolled in noncredit ESL (English as a Second Language) courses received $50 book awards to help them purchase the required materials for their college coursework.

Established by the Mendocino College Foundation in fall 2011, the Karen Gilmore ESL Book Award Program assists students enrolled in non-credit ESL coursework. The award was created to honor and carry on the legacy of long-time Mendocino College ESL faculty Karen Gilmore, a beloved teacher and supporter of her students.

100% Pass Rate for Mendocino College Nursing Grads Third Time in the Past Four Years

September 1, 2017

The Mendocino College Nursing Program is proud to announce that 100% of this year’s graduates taking the 2017 NCLEX-RN exam have passed on their first attempt. “This marks three out of the past four years with a 100% pass rate for our nurses,” stated Fran Laughton, Nursing Program Director.

“Our students work extremely hard to complete the registered nursing program. It is a rigorous program, and we work hard to prepare them for success beyond graduation,” stated Laughton.

Mendocino College Foundation Scholarship Winner Jennifer Nauert

August 24, 2017

by Lynda Myers

Jennifer Nauert of Lakeport recently won two Mendocino College Foundation Scholarships: the Lake County Friends of Mendocino College award, and a Mendocino College Foundation Academic Excellence scholarship, for a total of $2500.00. In addition, she received the Academic Excellence Award for Human Services and Highest Honors for her 4.0 Grade Point Average.

MC Foundation Gala Raises Over $120k to Support Students

August 21, 2017

Fundraising event celebrates local wine, beer, champagne and food purveyors

Mendocino College Foundation’s annual Gala was held on Saturday, August 12 and showcased the BEST of MENDOCINO COUNTY. The best food, wine, beer, champagne and gifts were available to guests.

10th Anniversary for Adopt A Fifth Grader Program

June 14, 2017

Record Breaking Year for Adopt A Fifth Grader Program

The Mendocino College Foundation began administering the program in 2007 from Hopland Elementary School with one AAFG recipient. The program has steadily grown each year and donors continue to support the program year-after-year. 

Five New Directors Join the Mendocino College Foundation Board

March 27, 2017

By Lynda Myers

The Mendocino College Foundation Board of Directors recently welcomed five new members: Jamey Gill of Kelseyville, Todd McMahon of Calpella, Lynn Chevalier of Ukiah, Travis Scott of Philo, and Irma E. Turner of Redwood Valley.

Mendocino College Foundation LaRue Kobrin Memorial Scholarship

February 10, 2017

by Lynda Myers and Katie Fairbairn

Originally a farm girl from Palisade, Nebraska, LaRue Kobrin arrived in Fort Bragg with her husband and life partner, Frank Bender in 1974. Although she held a doctorate in psychology from the University of Colorado, Kobrin did not have any academic aspirations at that time, according to her longtime friend, Deborah White. Instead, White said, “She became the manager of Captain Flint's fish and chips restaurant, 'an institution' on the Coast. LaRue was perfectly at home as a manager: she was practical, down-to-earth, and always very likeable.

Helping Students Succeed One Book at a Time

February 8, 2017

Karen L. Gilmore ESL (English as a Second Language) Book Award

On Thursday, February 2nd ESL Instructor Euline Olinger provided three of her students with a much needed Karen L. Gilmore ESL Book voucher.  

The Mendocino College Foundation established the ESL Book Award in 2011 at the request of Sarah Walsh, ESL Professor.  The award is a book scholarship which provides financial assistance to students.  Eligible students are enrolled in noncredit ESL classes and are not eligible for any other college awards or scholarship.  

#GivingTuesday Success @ Mendocino College

December 2, 2016

Over $3,000 Raised to Support the Food Pantry

On Tuesday, November 29, Mendocino College Students took part in the college’s first annual Giving Tuesday event. All of the proceeds will be used to purchase non-perishable food for the on-campus food pantry.

Lake County 5th Graders Receive Scholarships

July 21, 2016

The annual Adopt A Fifth Grader award program is designed to motivate young students to graduate from high school and attend college.


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