The word conquers

Columbia College awards Westling scholarships to 27 students from 16 campuses.

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For the 2010-11 academic year, Columbia College has awarded Westling scholarships to 27 students from 16 campus locations. Each scholarship is worth $500 and is to be used for tuition, books and fees. The scholarship is nonrenewable and awarded to students who have met residency requirements for at least an associate degree (15 hours).

"Columbia College is proud to offer this scholarship at all our Nationwide Campuses," said Mike Randerson, Columbia College vice president for Adult Higher Education. "Frank Westling was dedicated to this institution and its mission of higher education, and he would be pleased to know the scholarship is helping students nationwide fulfill their educational goals."

The recipients attend campuses and have majors and backgrounds that display the diversity of Columbia College today. Seven students attend Missouri campuses, five attend campuses in Illinois, four in Florida and four attend remotely via the Online Campus. Two are originally from Nepal and one from Vietnam. Business administration and business-related majors are the most common major, followed by criminal justice and psychology.

The recipients are:
  • Tonya Robinson, who attends the Columbia College-Kansas City campus. Robinson currently lives in Grandview, Mo., and is studying for a bachelor's degree in human services.
  • David Mosley attends Columbia College—Coast Guard Island, a California campus, lives currently in Alameda, Calif., and is studying for a bachelor's degree in American studies.
  • Priti Maharjan attends Columbia College—Aurora in Colorado. Maharjan, originally from Nepal, now lives in Denver and is studying for a bachelor's degree in business administration.
  • Shraddha Kharel also attends Columbia College—Aurora. She, too, is originally from Nepal and lives in Denver, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
  • Joan Warren, who attends the Online Campus, resides in Festus, Mo., and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in sociology.
  • Peggy Oertwig attends the Online Campus, resides in Kansas City, Mo., and is pursuing a bachelor of science in business administration.
  • Jimmy Dick attends the Online Campus, lives in Edina, Mo., and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in history.
  • Angelina Fielding attends the Online Campus, makes her home in Fayette, Ind., and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in history.
  • Leslie Reynolds attends Columbia College—Orlando, resides in Orlando, Fla., and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology.
  • David Kolcun attends Columbia College—Patrick Air Force Base, resides in Melbourne, Fla., and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in management.

  • Varena Williams
    Varena Williams attends Columbia College—Jacksonville, lives in Jacksonville, Fla., and is pursuing a bachelor of science in business administration.
  • Randall Snow
    Randall Snow attends Columbia College—Jacksonville, lives in Jacksonville, Fla., and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
  • Leticia Castellanos, a student a Columbia College—Lake County, resides in Waukegan, Ill., and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology.
  • Evangelia Mavrogiorgos attends Columbia College—Lake County, resides in Great Lakes, Ill., and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
  • Lorna-Dee Stuart, who attends Columbia College—Crystal Lake, resides in Crystal Lake, Ill., and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology.
  • Tiffany Mencel attends Columbia College—Crystal Lake, resides in Marengo, Ill., and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
  • Mary Beth Bohm lives in South Elgin, Ill., and attends Columbia College—Elgin in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in human services.
  • Helen Brumitt resides in Springfield, Mo., and attends Columbia College—Christian County while pursuing a bachelor of science in business administration.
  • Adam Olon attends Columbia College—Hancock Field, resides in Liverpool, N.Y., and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in history.
  • Ricky Nelson
    Ricky Nelson attends Columbia College—Lake Ozark, resides in Iberia, Mo., and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in environmental science.
  • Amy Zaroor attends Columbia College—Lake Ozark, where she resides, and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology.
  • Amanda Butler attends Columbia College—Rolla, resides in Belle, Mo., and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology.
  • Dung Tran attends Columbia College—Rolla, is originally from Vietnam, and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in business administration.
  • Gavino Martinez, who attends Columbia College—Fort Worth, resides in Fort Worth, Texas and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
  • Melanie Aguillon, who attends Columbia College—Fort Worth, resides in Fort Worth, Texas and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in general studies.
  • Brandy Brossard attends Columbia College—Marysville/Everett, resides in Everett, Wash., and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
  • Ramona Bade, who attends the Evening Campus, resides in Columbia, Mo., and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Ramona Bade
Bade, entering her senior year this fall, works full-time as a contract technician for Socket, a telephone, Internet and communications services firm headquartered in Columbia. (Socket's co-founder, incidentally, is Columbia College graduate John Dupuy '94.) She says she intends to graduate with majors in human resource management, business management and international business. The Westling scholarship, she says, "will go toward tuition next year, so I won't have to take out so much in loans!"

Amy Zaroor
Zaroor, a senior and single mother of a 4-1/2 year old, says, "This scholarship is huge to me! Winning the Westling Scholarship simply enables me to continue to go to school." Zaroor works as a server to make ends meet and volunteers at Kids' Harbor, a mid-Missouri child advocate center. She is what's called an "overload student," one taking more than two courses per eight-week session to graduate sooner. To do so, she's had to commute between the college's Jefferson City and Lake Ozark campus &mdasJ; and still boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Zaroor said she hopes to go on to law school at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

"I want to keep working for children," Zaroor continues. "Yes, this is a very hard job. You'd think you become calloused, but you feel for every single person. If you can make a difference in just one child's life, be that someone they can trust, then it's all worthwhile."

Westling died in 1987, and the scholarship that bears his name is awarded to eligible students pursuing a bachelor’s degree at any Columbia College campus. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above, have demonstrated leadership and have clear career goals.

Westling, former dean of the college's Extended Studies Division, now Adult Higher Education, was a highly decorated infantry officer who changed direction after 31 years in the Army to earn a master's degree in journalism, teach history and constitutional law at Columbia College's Fort Sheridan, Ill., campus. Westling fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star medals and earned parachutist and glider badges. During the Vietnam War, he commanded the Army’s 4th Psychological Operations Group in Saigon, and retired as colonel.

The motto of the Psychological Operations Group was "Verbum vincet" — "the word conquers."

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

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