College Re-entry Scholarships
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The Late Bloomers Scholarship
The Late Bloomers Scholarship was established in celebration of Shirley Bloom. Shirley was born in the mist of the depression in the 1930’s. There were no social programs to help suffering people until the 1940’s. There was no social security, welfare, food stamps, workers’ compensation or unemployment. Shirley managed to finish 2 years of college when she got married and moved to California. When the youngest of her 5 children turned 2, she returned to college at California State University Long Beach and received her degree in English with a teaching credential. She later went to work for Los Angeles County Department of Social Services. Shirley was a single mother struggling to get her children through college. In 1978 she remarried and moved to Fullerton. In 1993 she was widowed and retired. She joined AAUW and became active in the League of Women Voters, volunteered at the food bank, Pathways of Hope. Shirley’s primary goal is to help women who have the greatest financial challenges to continue to move forward in their education and gain skills that will result in employment and self-sufficiency. Many achieve self-sufficiency through career opportunities offered at Fullerton College or will move forward to California State University with a four-year degree in their chosen field.
Joan & Burnie Cohen Scholarships
The Joan and Burnie Cohen Scholarship was established to help re-entry women attending Fullerton College to overcome barriers to their education and attain gainful employment. The Joan and Burnie Cohen Scholarship was established in memory of Joan and Burnie Cohen who devoted their lives to service above self. The Joan and Burnie Cohen Scholarship was established by Shirley Bloom in 2014. The purpose of the Joan and Burnie Cohen Scholarship is to help women, 23 years or older, who are re-entering college, with financial help to obtain an education that will offer them the chance to secure employment, personal independence, and self-sufficiency.
The Joan and Burnie Cohen Scholarship’s primary goal is to help women who have the greatest financial challenges to continue to move forward in their education and gain skills that will result in employment and self-sufficiency. This scholarship is restricted to students attending Fullerton College. Many achieve self-sufficiency through training and educational opportunities offered at Fullerton College or will move forward to California State University with a four-year degree in their chosen field.
The total amount of the Joan and Burnie Cohen Scholarship is $1,200 per scholarship. Disbursement is divided up into two payments of $600; first $600 at the awards luncheon in June and the second $600 in December upon successful completion of 9 following academic units and a short testimony of how the scholarship helped achieve your academic goal. The Scholarship may be renewable with the applicant reapplying per funding cycle. Applications are due by May 8, 2018 and to be submitted to:
Thurmond Scholarship Fund
With support and encouragement from her parents, Ruth Bradley Thurmond attended college during the Great Depression. In 1939, she married Charles D. Thurmond after fulfilling a promise to her father to teach for one year after receiving her B.A. degree. Years later, she began working with the YWCA of North Orange County in the 1980s to secure basic essentials like food and shelter for foreign students. She was surprised to learn that few funding resources were available for women trying to re-enter college/university to complete their degrees. Ruth’s own college and teaching experiences helped her recognize the life-changing impact of a college degree, especially for women. Thus, educating women, who are getting their degrees later in life, became her passion.
Mr. Bill McGarvey Jr., community philanthropist, and his friends, established a College Scholarship Fund for re-entry men and women, 25 years or older, attending California State University Fullerton. The scholarship is intended for re-entry students who do not qualify for financial aid but are in financial need.