2014 Branch Scholarship Winners

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2014 Scholarship Recipients: Mariah Jausoro, Sonja Gooding, Zora Herndon and Teresa McKeiran. Not shown: Caitlan Sampson and Jillian Spurlock

2014 Scholarship Recipients: Mariah Jausoro, Sonja Gooding, Zora Herndon and Teresa McKeiran. Not shown: Caitlan Sampson and Jillian Spurlock

Mariah Jausoro – Mariah has been on a quest for her passion since first starting college in 2007. She has been deliberate in the search, having researched and shadowed several career paths and fields of study. After a year away from school and several years of volunteer experience in classroom settings, she is ready to pursue an intensive one-year, cohort based program at WSU to complete her Masters in Teaching degree with added coursework to obtain her middle level science endorsement. This added endorsement will allow her to teach science up to the 8th grade.

Sonja Gooding – Sonja’s dream of attending college began in 2000 and was cut short when personal and family challenges took priority. After many years working as an insurance agent and raising a young family, Sonja was able to resume her studies in earnest in 2009. Now she is nearing her final year in pursuit of her Bachelor in Accounting at Walla Walla University. Sonja is now able to see a bright future, planning to pursue her CPA license and eventually obtain a Masters in Accounting with a dream to become a Certified Fraud Examiner. Sonja’s Spanish language skills should be put to good use in her practice of accounting, as well. Sonja states she has learned much about her personal resilience through life challenges and has developed a deep dedication to professional goals along the way. Sonja’s business aplumb and accounting skills should serve the community as a whole in the future!

Caitlin Sampson – Caitlin has had quite an international journey! After a bachelor degree in Environmental Studies/ Education in 2006, Caitlin has worked in the area of non-profit community development and wilderness adventure travel in both volunteer and paid roles. From the wilds of Oregon to impoverished areas of East Africa, she has lived a life of dedication and found a passion for emergency medicine and multicultural learning along the way. Caitlin became an EMT and is now heading to Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York for the accelerated BSN program with a plan to continue to her MSN and ultimately pursue Nurse Practitioner credentials. Given her pursuit of a science field of study, Caitlin is the recipient of the Dr. Linda Gunshefski scholarship!

Teresa McKeiran – Teresa began her academic career at Spokane Community College, graduating in 1980 with AAS in Agribusiness and Production Ag. She married in 1982 and in 1985 quit work to take care of her family and raise three children. During that time she was volunteering in her children’s activities and school including being a Cub Scout leader, Boy Scout Committee secretary and committee chair. She spent many years as a member of the board of directors for Catholic Family and Child Services. She taught religious Ed. and served as Religious Educator Director. She continues to help with fundraising for Catholic Family and Child Services. Teresa and her husband started a trucking company and she served as Vice Pres., treasurer and bookkeeper until 2013. She now works parttime while attending CBC fulltime. She is on the honor roll and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at CBC. She plans to complete her accouting degree in Dec. 2014.

Zora Herndon – Zora has found an academic home at BMCC, where she has been a student since 2012. She previously attended WWCC, but had to quit to support herself and two young children. She now has a new zest for her education and credits BMCC for her success in academics and a love of self and sense of accomplishment. She loves the instructors, atmosphere, office personnel and the school’s willingness to work with her in her quest for a degree in accounting. She’s had a rough time trying to balance two jobs, a family, including 6 children, and new marriage, but somehow she manages all these and still has time to be active in her church, coaching her children’s sporting activities and fundraising. Zora is extremely dedicated to her education, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and holds a 4.0 GPA!

Jillian Spurlock – Jillian has had a dream of obtaining a nursing degree from WWCC. That dream was interrupted by several life changing events, the end of her marriage, coupled with a medical diagnosis of her mother forced her to withdraw from school to care for her mother until her mother’s death in Nov. 2013. She now supports her children in their school and sports activities. She plans on graduating in 2014 with her LPN and will continue her education by completing a bachelor’s degree in nursing.