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Beltrami Scholarship Winner Wants To Be An Influencer

Beltrami Scholarship Winner Wants To Be An Influencer

Ukiah…The Mendocino College Foundation is pleased to announce that the Fall 2020 recipient of the Albert & Patricia Beltrami Perpetual Scholarship is Aris Krasts.

Krasts is enrolled in 18 units for the Fall 2020 semester at Mendocino College. He has a heavy courseload consisting of anthropology, statistics, chemistry, nutrition and psychology all online coursework. He maintains a 3.7 grade point average and is getting closer to meeting all of his transfer requirements.

Krasts will complete his AA Degree in History next year and eventually wants to be an influencer. In Krasts own words, “an influencer is someone who affects change on a large scale. I feel inspired to do good things and running for elected office one day would be the best example of how I can affect change in the future.”

In the meantime, Krasts, explained that he needs to gain life experience. He has volunteered at the Ukiah Players Theatre for the past seven years and is passionate about theatre, dance and the arts.

When asked who was his role model is Aris quickly responded with, “My Grandfather Don. He has this amazing work ethic and has always worked so hard for everything he has acquired. Not only did he work hard, but he taught me to appreciate everything.”

Aris Krasts, a future leader and someday soon a proud Mendocino College Graduate and a Mendocino College Foundation Scholarship Recipient!
For more information about the Mendocino College Foundation, or to donate to any of their programs or affiliate organizations; please contact Katie Fairbairn, Executive Director at kfairbairn@mendocino.edu.

First Response Healthcare Student Support Fund Provides Funding for Mendocino College Nursing Students

First Response Healthcare Student Support Fund Provides Funding for Mendocino College Nursing Students

Ukiah…The Mendocino College Foundation and Mendocino College Nursing Program Affiliate want to thank the Foundation for California Community Colleges, First Response Healthcare Student Support Fund who granted $4,545 in direct support to students enrolled in the Mendocino College Nursing Program. 

On, April 13, 2020, the Foundation for California Community Colleges (Foundation), in partnership with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, launched a Relief and Recovery Campaign, a statewide emergency response effort to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the first initiatives to result from the Relief and Recovery Campaign was the “First Response Healthcare Student Support Fund” (First Response Fund). Funds were given to help students who were facing adverse financial impacts of COVID-19 with their ability to stay enrolled and complete their education in California Community Colleges, while also helping address California’s pressing need to advance students in specific health care fields into its health care system.  An estimated seven in ten of people in nursing and allied health have received their training in community colleges.

In early June, ten Mendocino College Nursing Students received $454.00 each to support them in their academic journey to become a health care practitioner.  The Relief and Recovery Campaign’s goal was simply to improve students’ lives and learning during the pandemic, and to support the state’s recovery.  “We are grateful for the State’s support during these turbulent times,” stated Peggy Goebel, Dean/Director of the Nursing Program.

For more information about the Mendocino College Foundation, or to donate to any of their programs or affiliate organizations; please contact Katie Fairbairn, Executive Director at kfairbairn@mendocino.edu.

Nursing Scholarship Honors Dr. Ken & Brenda Hoek

Nursing Scholarship Honors Dr. Ken & Brenda Hoek

Ukiah… In 2018, Dr. Scott Gherini and Holly Enzler established a scholarship for students enrolled in the Mendocino College Nursing Program. The scholarship has two parts; one to honor a local medical practitioner and two to provide the resources for a nursing student to stay in school and keep progressing towards their goal.

This year, Gherini and Enzler are thrilled to honor Dr. Ken Hoek and Mrs. Brenda Hoek for their dedication and service to the medical community in Mendocino County. Hoek is a long-time orthopedic surgeon and Brenda is a registered nurse working at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley.

The recipient of the $2,500 scholarship is Marlayna Trujillo a first year nursing student at Mendocino College. Trujillo is proudly following in the footsteps of her mother who is a nurse.

Katie Fairbairn, Executive Director Mendocino College Foundation 707-468-3164 June 18, 2020
1000 Hensley Creek Road Ukiah, California 95482 http://foundation.mendocino.edu

An Upper Lake High School graduate, Marlayna’s medical journey began at San Joaquin Valley College by completing the medical assistant program in 2011. Presently, she works part time at Mendocino Community Health Clinics in Ukiah as a medical assistant.

This busy mom of five children (ages range from 6 to 16) has been juggling taking care of her family while studying and working part-time. Her grade point average at Mendocino College is a perfect 4.0. She is proudly teaching her children elements about what she’s learning in the nursing program and what it means to care for someone. She hopes to peak their interest and already sees a spark in a few of their eyes.

Marlyana will begin her second year in the nursing program this fall and her future plans include a degree as a family nurse practitioner. She says that the program is one of the hardest things that she has ever done, but loves every minute of it.

Peers describe her as intelligent, hard-working and ambitious. “We have no doubt that Marlayna Trujillo will be an outstanding nurse in our community,” stated Dr. Gherini.


For more information about the Mendocino College Foundation, or to donate to any of their programs, please contact Katie Fairbairn, Executive Director at kfairbairn@mendocino.edu.

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