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Foundation Welcomes New Board Member and Donation

January 2014

At its January meeting, the Miramar College Foundation board of directors voted to welcome René McKee as its newest community director.

With over 30 years experience in the financial industry, McKee serves California Coast Credit Union in San Diego as Vice President of Marketing and Community Relations. The oldest financial institution in the San Diego region, California Coast was founded by local educators in 1929 and currently serves more than 120,000 members. She joined the credit union in August of 1995, after serving for 12 years as the Vice President of Marketing at San Diego County Credit Union.

The La Mesa resident, a native of St. Louis, graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Marketing. She was awarded the Credit Union National Association Marketing and Business Development Council’s 1994 “Marketing Professional of the Year.”

Former board experience includes two 3-year terms on the Executive Committee of the CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council, the Financial Institution Marketing Association’s Board of Directors, the Credit Union Alliance of San Diego Public Relations Board and the Partnership Advisory Board for San Diego Unified School District.

As the newest Miramar College Foundation board member, McKee joined fellow board members to accept a $3,000 donation from California Coast Credit Union to support the Foundation's mission to serve students of San Diego Miramar College through the scholarship program.


New Book Grants Make College More Affordable

January 2014

Wells Fargo Bank donated $6,250 to the Miramar College Foundation to support 25 new $250 book grants for continuing students registered in six units or more in spring semester 2014 classes. The annual average cost of books for a community college full-time student is $820, according to Teresa Vilaboy, Financial Aid Director. Mary de Leon, branch manager for Wells Fargo Bank in Mira Mesa, pitched book grant funding to Wells Fargo corporate to support their mission to help out local neighborhoods.


Foundation Signs MOU

April 2014

The Miramar College Foundation board has formerly approved a Memo of Understanding (MOU) between the Foundation and the SDCCD. The MOU defines the working relationship between the two entities. Executive Vice Chancellor Bonnie Dowd joined the Foundation board of directors at their quarterly meeting on March 14 to explain the MOU and answer questions. Foundations at San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College and Continuing Education signed similar agreements.


Scholar Fest 2014

April 2014

Families and friends joined Miramar College students to celebrate scholarship awards on April 16 in the LLRC auditorium and patio. Following a festive reception catered by the Café, 125 scholarship awards worth $64,095 were distributed to 105 Miramar College students. Additionally, 54 awards to 54 recipients for $251,334 (incudes maximum $90,000 – up to $30,000 @ 3-year awards for two Jack Kent Cooke recipients) bring the total amount of internal and outside scholarship awards to Miramar College students in 2013-2014 to a whopping $373,024. A gallery of photos is posted on Facebook.


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