The Foundation supports the college's efforts to enhance student success and strengthen our communities.
$68,874 provided in support to 195 students in 2012-2013
We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the many donors whose gifts enable us to provide the scholarships, grants, and loans that change lives and open doors to a brighter tomorrow. Your gifts also allow us to support key college programming. Thank you for making higher education in our community a priority.
President’s Club members gave more than $1,000 during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
Please visit Cascadia Community College Foundation for a complete listing of our valued donors, sponsors and supporters.
Simon Okelo’s resume includes driving taxis and working at an orphanage. Soon he’ll have a new entry: an associate degree from Cascadia Community College.
Simon was born in Kenya and grew up in a slum northwest of Nairobi. He didn’t attend elementary school or junior high. As the eldest son in a single-parent family, Simon was responsible for the welfare of the household so he helped his mother run an orphanage for hundreds of children. It was his sister who sparked his academic interest. “She made me collect packets of bread, milk, sugar, and toothpaste, and used them to show me how to read.”
Simon pushed himself and was admitted to the best high school in the region. To pay for school he borrowed cars and worked as a taxi driver. After graduating, he decided he wanted to go to college to learn about community development and business. Simon moved to the Seattle area to pursue his dream. “I was hoping to find a school with a supportive staff, and great academic accolades. After visiting local community colleges, I visited Cascadia, and it was exactly the atmosphere I was looking for.”
Simon was awarded a Foundation scholarship to help fund his education at Cascadia. He eventually intends to return to Kenya to create sustainable solutions to problems faced by young people living there. Simon’s story is unique, but like so many other students your support allows him to complete his dream.
Enhancing student success and strengthening our communities
… with your support.
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