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Santiago Canyon College Awards $150,000 in Student Scholarships


(Orange, CA) - Thanks to the generous support of the scholarship donors, alumni, faculty and staff, the Santiago Canyon College (SCC) Foundation and Scholarship Program awarded over $150,000 in student scholarships during 2013-2014. These scholarships benefited 275 continuing and transferring SCC students, as well as 23 students enrolled in the college’s Division of Continuing Education.

For the upcoming academic year (2014-2015), the SCC Scholarship Program Office received 190 scholarship applications for awards that range from $100 to $1,500. In late May, SCC presented 166 student scholarships totaling $90,950 to continuing and transferring students. In addition, 20 scholarships for students from the Division of Continuing Education were awarded totaling $3,250.

The transfer scholarship awardees are ready to begin their studies at four-year universities, including California Polytechnic University, Pomona; California State University, Fullerton; California State University, Long Beach; Chapman University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Irvine; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, San Diego; and University of Pennsylvania.

Among these deserving recipients is 23-year-old Matthew Montgomery, a student veteran, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2009 to 2013. Montgomery, a chemistry/mathematics major with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.78, has set his sights on becoming a chemical engineer and transferring to the University of California, Berkeley. He was happy to be awarded two scholarships - the Southern California Edison STEM Scholarship for $500 and the Morton J. Opittek Memorial Veterans Scholarship for $1,000.

“I am grateful for these scholarships right now because education is expensive. I enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment. These awards are a testament to how hard I am working,” Montgomery said.

For more information on the wide range of scholarships available to students at SCC, visit or call the Scholarship Program Office at (714) 628-4793. Tax-deductible donations to fund student scholarships at SCC may be made through the SCC Foundation by calling (714) 628-4790 or visiting

About Santiago Canyon College

Santiago Canyon College (SCC) serves about 14,000 students each semester. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and careers, and provides courses for personal and professional development, as well as customized training for business and industry. The college is recognized for its adult education program which keeps the working adult—and senior—in mind by offering flexible schedules, and community locations. Serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park, SCC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.

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