Posts Tagged ‘Diedrea Lewis’

Last-minute drive underway for scholarship matching funds

CUYAMACA COLLEGE (Press Release) – After several years as a stay-at-home mom with three young children, Vicki Watkins faced the prospect of going back to work after a marital split.

She struggled at first to make ends meet with a near-minimum-wage job as a retail clerk, and then decided with some trepidation to return to school. At Cuyamaca College, she found the support she needed – an on-campus job and financial aid, including a $1,000 Osher scholarship, made possible by donations and matching dollars from the Bernard Osher Foundation.

“I am not sure where I would be in my life right now if I wouldn’t have met such caring and encouraging people that I have met here at Cuyamaca,” said Watkins, who will be graduating in June and transferring to San Diego State University in the fall as an accounting major. “Being that I am a single mother of three children, the Osher scholarship has helped relieve some of my financial hardship that I have faced by returning to school. It has also helped bring my family closer together by having the extra money to do the little things that make my kids smile.”

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Student Diedrea Lewis tells of her love affair with Grossmont College

GROSSMONT COLLEGE– Diedrea Lewis, a Grossmont student and recipient of an Osher scholarship, recently talked on camera about what she loves about Grossmont College and how she utilizes her $1,000 Osher scholarship.   Xavier Green, a student in Media Comm 132B, videotaped an interview with Lewis that was conducted by Anne Krueger, a communications specialist for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District:


Student with disability among the most active on the campus


Deidrea Lewis (Photo: Russ Lindquist)



By Alexis Jacquett


GROSSMONT COLLEGE –Deidrea Lewis is one of the most active students  not withstanding a disability and a work injury, which limit her mobility. She has osteoarthritis, which is a joint disease.

“My disability does affect my weight, a lot, but I’ve always been a chubby girl, and struggled with my weight.” said Lewis. She is working on having  weight loss surgery but has been delaying the procedure because she doesn’t want to miss school.

A wife, mother, singer, a teacher’s aide, Lewis, 47,  is also  president of the honors society, Phi Theta Kappa.  Her daughter is 22 years old.

Lewis sings in the Grossmont College Gospel Choir, and the Cuyamaca Rock, Pop, and Soul Ensemble. She has been singing for over 40 years, getting her start at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Ennis, Texas.

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Campus diversity on display at Fall Festival

Japan Club (from left) President Melissa Angland, Chair of Culinary Nicole Steinshauer, and member Emily Raab


Photos and Story by Russell Lindquist

Dyari Qadir, vice president, and Juweria Jeilani of Muslim Student Association

GROSSMONT COLLEGE- The diversity of this college’s student population was on display when the annual Fall Festival was celebrated in the Main Quad, Nov. 2-3.

Circle K Club, Grossmont College Art and Design, Muslim Student Association, Challenge Club, Japan Club, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and the College of St. Isidore were among the clubs and groups which participated in the festival.

Circle K Club, sponsored by Kiwanis international, is a collective that encourages college students to contribute to the community by helping with local schools and hospitals, and with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Also, the Circle K Club helps with many other events, such as the Diabetes Walk and the Rock n’ Roll Marathon.

Challenge Club is a Christian study group that meets every Tuesday in Room 525 of Building 55 from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Presently “Crazy Love” is the lesson as students eat lunch.

Circle K members John Robinson, Tim Horning and Chuck Fleming check out The Summit

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GCCCD honors its construction teams, scholarship donors

CUYAMACA COLLEGE (Press Release) – With construction finishing on 14 projects at Grossmont and Cuyamaca College, leaders of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District recently took time to honor the architects, engineers and contractors who led the work to transform the two East County campuses.

More than 20 companies honored at the Nov. 4 event at Cuyamaca College all worked on projects funded by a combination of state money and Proposition R, the $207 million bond measure approved by East County voters in 2002.

Cindy Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, compared the new buildings on the two campuses to the famous line recited in the 1989 movie Field of Dreams – “If you build it, he will come.” The facilities were built, and thousands of students keep coming to the colleges, she said.

“There was a dream and we built it together,” Miles told about 65 people in the Cuyamaca College’s Digital Theater. “We have fulfilled these dreams because of the vision and the support of our East County voters.”

Miles noted that the construction work provided more than 2,700 jobs over eight years. One-third of the work on the projects – about $64 million — went to East County companies, she said.

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52 Grossmont students receive scholarships at campus breakfast

By Russell Lindquist

Russell Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE, September 11 –Fifty-two students were awardees at the Fall 2010 Scholarship Awards Breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 11, an annual event presented by the Grossmont College Foundation (GCF) and the Grossmont College Scholarship Department.

In addition to scholarship recipients and their families, many Grossmont faculty and staff attended, including President, Sunita Cooke; and Michael Copenhaver, Director of Financial Aid.

Ernest Ewin, Grossmont alumnus, class of ’69 and GCF executive director started off the event, speaking of California’s budget-woes in order to explain that philanthropic scholarship awards are more important now than perhaps ever before.

Ewin’s comments were seconded by Copenhaver, who went on to say that the scholarship-awards being presented were in no way charity, but rather that each award is a testament to its recipient’s academic perseverance (and, in many cases, community involvement).

Rick Griffin, from Grossmont’s Office of College and Community Relations, said that the scholarships awarded to the 52 students totaled to $37,400, which included 18 grants of $1,000 apiece from the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco, to help defray the cost of textbooks, equipment, lab fees and other items beyond registration fees.

Griffin added that the  GCF is participating in a fund-raising challenge for Osher scholarships. For every $1 donated until June 30, the Osher Foundation will provide 50 cents to be held in the California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment.  He added that 100 percent of every dollar donated will go directly to funding the $1,000 student scholarships every year, in perpetuity.

A gift of $13,334, matched by $6,667 from the Osher Foundation, results in a total gift of $20,000 held in the Endowment to fund, at 5 percent annual interest: one $1,000 scholarship every year, forever. Continue reading