Nearly $1 Million in Scholarships Awarded by Ventura County Community Foundation

price arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>Two hundred and twenty-five local students have been awarded $874,190 in scholarships in the 2016 Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) scholarship program, which is now in its 23rd year. The 298 scholarships are provided by 70 different scholarship funds established by a variety of donors whose generosity helps make the dream of a college education a reality for deserving students from throughout Ventura County. The scholarship winners were selected from a pool of 2,072 applications in a highly competitive process.

The Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony

The scholarships were presented Thursday at a ceremony hosted by the Ventura County Office of Education. VCCF President & CEO Vanessa Bechtel said, “We are truly grateful to our donors whose contributions are putting hundreds of talented and creative students on the path to success. Thanks to their generosity, these students are receiving a college education they may not otherwise be able to afford.”

Natalie Titcomb, a graduate of Santa Susana High School in Simi Valley, received three scholarship totaling $7,500. Now a nursing student at CSU Channel Islands, she said, “After receiving that first college scholarship, I felt a weight being lifted from my shoulders as I realized I had someone out there who cared enough about me to help make my dreams of becoming a nurse a reality.”

Since its inception, the VCCF scholarship program has awarded $12,854,973 in scholarships. Additional information about the program is available here.

Complete List of Donors and Recipients

Some of the recipients:




About the Ventura County Community Foundation

Established in 1987, VCCF invests the charitable capital that drives the philanthropic engines of Ventura County. Its portfolio performance ranks in the top 11 of all community foundations in the United States for long-term growth. It owns the VCCF Nonprofit Center in Camarillo – a place where nonprofits and the community can come together to work together. Learn more at:

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