By Carolyn Patterson – Scholarship Chair
This year Pierce County School Retirees’ Association was able to give two $1,500 scholarships to junior college graduates. These students are going on to a four-year university and planning to become teachers. Both of our recipients have come from Pierce College.
GLORIA GONZALES has worked as a waitress and gone to school full time achieving a 3.98 GPA. She enrolled at Central Washington University and will start in the fall. Gloria says she believes teaching is her calling and will work her hardest to make this dream come true.
DONALD BELL has a 3.89 GPA. He plays the drums and other percussion instruments. He started and directed the Pierce County Percussion Ensemble and they have performed some of his original compositions. He has worked in the Tutoring Center at Pierce College, been a Day Care Worker, and on site caretaker of a rental home. He believes that writing and performing music is an art form for the ear to consume. Donald plans to teach music at the high school or college level. He is enrolled at University of Southern California for the fall of 2009.
The Pierce County School Retirees’ Association is a unit of the Washington State School Retirees’ Association that benefits all past, present, and future school retirees. Unit 27 represents all public school districts in Pierce County. It works with the legislators to maintain and improve pension benefits, awards mini-grants to active teachers, gives scholarships to students graduating from a two year college who are going on to a four year school to prepare for teaching or an education related field. Students with need are given top consideration. The Association shares information on health, safety issues, frauds, and other concerns that our members share.