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The Fall 2022 semester is underway at Mendocino College, and students are getting back on track with education and career prep after an unpredictable few years. With inflation making prices for food, gas, books and living expenses higher, we know that some students will be struggling to make ends meet.

The Student Emergency Fund is one way we can help them to worry less and study more. Eligible students are able to receive up to $500 in a one-time emergency grant to stay on track.

Thanks to a generous matching gift from Redwood Credit Union, donors to the Mendocino College Student Emergency Fundraiser campaign can double their donation. With our generous community’s help, the Foundation hopes to turn $12,000 into $24,000 in emergency aid for students in Ukiah, Lakeport, Willits and Fort Bragg.

In a recent survey, three out of five students reported at least one basic needs insecurity such as food or housing.

We know from hearing directly from students that sometimes one relatively small crisis – a broke down car, an unexpected medical bill, a change in housing circumstances – can derail the best laid plans. And with the cost of everything going up, students have less wiggle room to address these setbacks, so minor things can become major ones.

Any contribution made to this campaign will be matched dollar for dollar by Redwood Credit Union. Your donation could mean the difference between a student dropping out or continuing their path toward their certificate or degree.

Visit and choose Student Emergency Fund. Thank you for your support. Any questions can be directed to Julie McGovern, Foundation Executive Director, at 707-468-3164 or

Scholarship Mixer to honor 2022-2023 Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship Mixer to honor 2022-2023 Scholarship Recipients

The Mendocino College Foundation honored Scholarship Award recipients for the 2022-23 academic year at a mixer at the Ukiah Campus on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. For the first time since Spring 2019, the Foundation was able to host an in-person event with scholarship students and their families; donors; College faculty and staff; and members of both the College Board of Trustees and the Mendocino College Foundation (MCF) Board of Directors. The Foundation distributed 160 Scholarships totaling more than $204,500 to 114 students enrolled at Mendocino College for Fall 2022.

Some students, like Benard Heggenhougen, have been taking Dual Enrollment classes at their high school and have already jumpstarted their College education. Benard received the Jeff Banks ($2,500) and MCF Evelyn R. Foote ($1,500) scholarships and plans to study Computer Science at Mendocino College this fall.

Others, like Jessica Huckabay, are returning students, taking a new path offered through the Career Technical Education (CTE) Department. In Jessica’s case, the new Physical Therapy Assistance (PTA) program is offering a promising career in an in-demand field – as anyone who has tried to get an appointment for Physical Therapy knows. A massage therapist, Jessica became unemployed due to the pandemic and took the opportunity to reassess her career choices. Noting the excellent job prospects for PTAs, she took a leap and enrolled in the program. “I didn’t know if I was going to be able to do this, but I have felt so supported at every turn by Mendocino College,” she says. “I have a degree from UC Davis, and Mendocino College has surpassed even the level of support I had there. The counselors personally called me the day I found out I got into the program; the instructors are so skilled, and really preparing us not just to pass the exam, but to provide a high level of quality care,” she continues. “And to get the scholarship from the Foundation has been just another level of support that I am so thankful for.” Jessica was awarded the MCF Joan & Harry Bistrin Memorial Scholarship ($1,000).

Francisco Castaneda is a current Mendocino College student returning for the 2022-23 academic year, who plans to transfer to a four-year university in 2023 to pursue Civil Engineering. He received three awards: Kiwanis of Ukiah/Bob Brown Scholarship ($1,000); George Weger Scholarship ($1,000); and MCF Academic Excellence ($1,500).

Fourteen Nursing students were awarded scholarships, including Rebecca Morse, who received four distinct awards: MCF Coast Scholarship ($1,000); Chapter WQ PEO Sisterhood ($1,000); MCF Academic Excellence ($1,500); and the Fiona & Richard Perkins Scholarship ($1,000). A mom of two, she commutes from Mendocino to Ukiah to attend Nursing classes and clinical. She just finished her first year, and is looking forward to the Fall 2022 semester with extra support thanks to Mendocino College Foundation Scholarships.

Thank you to all of the donors that support students through scholarships at Mendocino College, including Staff, Faculty and Administrative groups, which collectively this year donated $9,000 towards 11 scholarships.

If you would like to learn more about how you can contribute to scholarships that support Mendocino College students, contact the Foundation Office at 707-467-1018 or visit Help us help them!

Welcome New Foundation Executive Director, Julie McGovern

Welcome New Foundation Executive Director, Julie McGovern

Ukiah, CA – “The Mendocino College Foundation is pleased to announce that it has named Julie McGovern as its new Executive Director effective January 2022,” said Foundation Board President, Tom Dow. McGovern brings a wealth of leadership experience and a passion for positive change within local communities. She succeeds Katie Fairbairn who retired in January 2021.

“We thrilled to introduce a leader of Julie’s caliber into our community to guide the Mendocino College Foundation,” said Mendocino College Superintendent/President, Dr. Tim Karas. “Julie possesses the qualifications and expertise to grow the Mendocino College Foundation into an even greater, more successful, organization to impact the lives of our students and increase access to higher education.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the Mendocino College Foundation and look forward to continuing its important work supporting students as they achieve their educational and workforce goals.” Say McGovern. “The College plays a crucial role in our community and is truly a catalyst for changing lives. I am excited and humbled for the opportunity to be part of that, along with the Mendocino College Foundation Board of Directors, Superintendent Dr. Karas, and the entire Mendocino College faculty and staff.”

For more information about the Mendocino College Foundation or to donate towards any Mendocino College Foundation program, please visit or by calling 707-467-1018.

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