During its Fall Scholarship Luncheon on Thursday, October 24, 2019 the Mt. San Jacinto Junior College (MSJC) Foundation awarded 123 scholarships to 111 students. The scholarships ranged in value from $200 to $1,500. Mt. San Jacinto College serves about 27,000 students in a district covering 1,700 square miles from the San Gorgonio Pass to Temecula, with campuses in San Jacinto, Menifee, Banning and Temecula. The MSJC Foundation provides financial assistance to support student success and MSJC initiatives in the form of scholarships, mini-grants to MSJC students and faculty and offers assistance through programs such as the Pledge for Success with funds raised from the private and public sectors. Nursing major Christine Brennan of Lake Elsinore was awarded the RN Endowment Scholarship and served as the event’s student speaker. Commenting on her award she said, “From the bottom of my heart, I am sincerely grateful for this honor. She continued, “I work very hard in school and you have blessed me beyond measure by selecting me for this amazing scholarship!” Another scholarship recipient, math major James Parker, also commented. Parker who received his scholarship from Cardenas Market shared what he called—a fun fact. “[B]efore I went back to school and I was jobless, I used to sell chocolate bars outside of the Cardenas store in San Jacinto to help pay bills at my cousin’s house.” Beyond being a student, Parker who also serves as President of the Phi Theta Kappa Beta Delta Omega Chapter and a MSJC tutor continued, “It’s a complete circle in my life and blessing to think that they are now helping me pay for college. I can’t thank everyone who is a part of this scholarship enough.” Other scholarships presented during Thursday’s event included the Honors Enrichment Program Scholarship; Robert Lee & Dorothy Mae Carson Memorial Scholarship; Sun Lakes Charitable Trust Scholarship; Charles Rohr Memorial Scholarship; Agatha Baxter Scholarship; Cardenas Markets Inc. Foundation Scholarship; Hemet Valley Hospital Auxiliary; Lena T. Pond Nursing Scholarship; Molly Adams Memorial Scholarship; Sgt. Eric “Doc” Williams Memorial Scholarship; and The Community Foundation Scholarship. In May 2019, Mt. San Jacinto College awarded a record-breaking 3,314 degrees and certificates to 1,707 graduates.