Student Success Stories

Every scholarship dollar impacts a person's educational journey, as these student success stories show.  Please consider partnering with us to support SPSCC students.

2016-17 Scholarship Recipients

Ryan Patterson

Ryan Patterson

Student Speaker, Scholarship Reception
Recipient, Donald V. Rhodes Scholarship in Business Studies

After two years of working retail and nearly going to college twice, Ryan found his way back to Olympia in order to find his passion at SPSCC. A motivated student with an entrepreneurial spirit like his grandfather, Ryan is pursuing a Direct Transfer Degree in Business and is now in his second year. He’s the recipient of the Donald V. Rhodes Scholarship in Business Studies, a scholarship that came just as Ryan’s savings got tight and tuition costs seemed impossible. After he graduates next June, Ryan hopes to attend Saint Martin’s University for Accounting, become a CPA, and pursue his dreams in business.

DeAnna Dewbre

DeA'nna Dewbre

Recipient, Olympia Country & Golf Club Scholarship

Family challenges in DeA'nna’s childhood meant that she started working at age 11, sacrificing her education and finding any work she could as a child. Despite her lack of education, DeA'nna worked hard in restaurants, casinos, and senior home care, got married, and raised her two daughters. It was years later that she realized that she could take her love for caring for people to the next level with an education. DeA'nna aspires to be a nurse and has been attending SPSCC part-time for the past year and a half with plans to graduate in Winter of 2018. DeA'nna is thankful for her daughters for believing in her, stating, “I have a brain, I am not stagnant, I can’t dwell on the past, and I have my daughters for supporting me to believe this.”

Adan Espino

Adan Espino

Recipient, Shurgot, William J., Memorial Scholarship in Humanities

Adan's story represents a large group of working middle-class families in Washington State that still find paying for higher education a challenge.  Adan said that, “Some may say it isn’t a lot of money, but to me, it is more than just the money. Yes, it helps pay a majority of my tuition, but it also provides a bridge to my future. It shows that someone out there believes in me, or at least in the value of education for our community. To me, it shows the value you have place on my education.”  After graduation, Adan plans to attend University of Washington - Tacoma to major in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.

Kosal Gonzales

Kosal Gonzales

Recipient, The Experience Scholarship

A first-generation high school graduate and college student from Tumwater, Kosal has dedicated his life to doing the best for himself and his family. He is a proud role model for his younger siblings and a symbol of his family’s determination to achieve goals and succeed. Kosal is studying psychology at SPSCC and plans to become a high school counselor, like his own high school mentor who helped him stay on track and achieve his goals. Kosal is leveraging his scholarship to pay for books and take the pressure off of finding other methods of funding.

Patrick Lyons

Patrick Lyons

Recipient, The Experience Scholarship

After a challenging childhood in a struggling neighborhood in Fresno, CA, Patrick graduated high school with a negative outlook on education. Over the course of a few years, he attained his CNA and made his way to Olympia where he works 12-hour shifts at St. Peter’s Hospital from Friday to Sunday to pay for his living expenses while at SPSCC. Patrick is an aspiring Nurse Practitioner who wants to attain a Ph.D. and use those skills to work all around the world. Patrick said, “The world’s your oyster when you’re in nursing; you can go anywhere in the world.”