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Shea Johnson, Desert Dispatch
Tannessa Tinley (far left) is presented with the Dr. Joseph P. Graci Book Fund scholarship by Bea Lint at Honors Day on Wednesday while Barstow College Professor Ramon Vasconcellos looks on. The college, the college foundation and various community groups and members awarded students with more than $44,000 worth of scholarships during the annual event at BCC's James R. Parks Gymnasium.

BCC students awarded more than $44k in scholarships


BARSTOW • Nearly 100 scholarships totaling more than $44,000 were awarded to current, incoming and outgoing Barstow Community College students Wednesday.

The annual Honors Day event, hosted by BCC and the Barstow College Foundation, took place inside the college’s James R. Parks Gymnasium.

“What we’d like to do is present our top students,” BCC Professor Ramon Vasconcellos, the master of ceremonies, told a crowd of about 100.

Afterward, various community members and officials took the stage to present the scholarships to students.

Awards ranged from $100 to $1,150. Some students were multiple winners and some scholarships were awarded to multiple students.

The event has gone on “in some form or fashion” for approximately 30 years, according to BCC spokeswoman Maureen Stokes.

The college, the college foundation and several community groups and members provide funds yearly for the awards.

Students were encouraged to apply for the scholarships in spring during a four-week application period, Stokes said.

While the criteria varied for each award, students were generally sought out for having good grades, she said.

The list of scholarships awarded included: Foundation Scholarships; Herb Stein Memorial Endowment; Anita Snedeker Memorial; ASB Scholarships; Barstow College Faculty Association; Barstow Women’s Club; Career Technical Education Club; California Retired Teachers Association; Classified School Employees Association; Callboard Performing Arts Club; Carolyn Tabor Memorial; Catholic Charities; Cliff & Ada Gill/Ralph Nunes; Dr. Joseph P. Graci Book Fund; Goldstone Space and Technology; Jordan Family; Joseph L. Zableckis Memorial; Joe and Josephine Baca Scholarship; Karen Ross Educational Achievement and Talent; Knights of Columbus; Leslie and Norma Las Wilbur; Los Domingos Scholarship; Marvin Manness; Mike and Joyce Claussen Memorial Scholarship; Mitford-Treuhaft Memorial; Optimist Club; Bev Lowry/Osher Scholarships; PTK; Reeb Family Award for Liberal Arts; Robert (Robbie) Menie Jr. Memorial; Rosita’s Scholarship; Sparkle Car Wash in Memory of Ski Stankavich & Nina Shefchik; Worthy Student Award and Valedictorian.

Shea Johnson can be reached at or 760-256-4126.

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