The eighth MiraCosta College Annual Donor Scholar Celebration honoring more than 310 students and their successes will be held on Friday, August 16, from 4–5:15 p.m. The celebration will be at the Oceanside Campus near the Fountain and Clock Tower, located at 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056. The event provides students the opportunity to celebrate their successes with donors who funded $367,550 in scholarships that are so critical to student success.
The event will also serve as a “scholarship connector” where donors and and scholarship recipients are given the chance to meet and get to know each other.
Fatima Ezzaouia is one of the scholarship recipients who will get a chance to thank her donor in person at the celebration. She has relied on scholarships to pull through a transitional part of her life. Raised in Morocco by a single mother, Ezzaouia started working at the young age of 12. She was resilient in overcoming obstacles, which led to her obtaining a programming degree in Morocco, and her immigration to the United States in 2008.
In 2015 she decided to go back to school, and found MiraCosta College. “I was taking English as a second language classes at the Community Learning Center, while working and taking care of my two daughters. I had no car, so I had to walk my girls to school—I was pregnant too. It was the worst situation,” said Ezzaouia.
Thankfully, her situation was alleviated with the assistance of scholarships and financial aid.
“I started to get financial aid, which helped with transportation, and scholarships allowed me to get a computer for my coursework,” said Ezzaouia. “Scholarships and financial support made me feel like my life was coming together. I don’t know where I would be without the support of scholarships, EOPS, financial aid, and all the counselors,” she adds.
Soon, Ezzaouia will earn an associate’s degree in accounting and hopes to transfer to University of California, Irvine and plans on becoming a CPA.
The event is sponsored by California Coast Credit Union and the MiraCosta College Foundation Office.
For questions about the event or to support scholarships at MiraCosta College, please contact Tori Fishinger