College Goal Sunday helps parents
and students pay for college
“Anything worth doing is not easy to get,” said Portland Trail Blazer Jeff Pendergraph (seen in the photo on the left) to a crowd of more than 800 people attending the fourth annual College Goal Sunday event for Southwest Washington, held Sunday, Jan. 31 in Clark College’s O’Connell Sports Center gymnasium.
The words may have struck a chord with some of the parents and children gathered there in search of help paying for a college education
That’s why there’s College Goal Sunday. The daylong event provides information about loans, scholarships and financial aid. This was the first year it was held at Clark College, but it may not be the last.
“Because of the event’s success, we have been invited to host again next year,” said Karen Driscoll, Clark’s director of financial aid. “If we can secure adequate funding from grants and the community, I am sure we will make the commitment.”
Driscoll (seen in the photo above) said that one thing that contributed to the event’s success was the decision to combine College Goal with College Bound, a program educating parents and students on how to sign up for the College Bound Scholarship (CBS). The scholarship, which students must sign up for during eighth grade, provides eligible students with tuition to Washington state colleges and universities.
“By combining two events—College Goal Sunday and College Bound—we gained synergy,” said Driscoll. “That increased volunteerism....We were amazed at the number of Clarkers who stepped up to volunteer their time and talents.”
|Superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools Dr. Steven Webb, Clark College President Robert K. Knight, and
Vancouver mayor and Clark alumnus Tim Leavitt enjoy the opening speakers.
In addition to Pendergraph’s appearance and a performance by the One of a Kind Drumline, guests were welcomed by Driscoll, Clark College President Robert K. Knight, and Lenny Haynes of the College Success Foundation. Vancouver mayor and Clark alumnus Tim Leavitt also attended the event.
|Many Clarkers helped students and families on College Goal Sunday. Admissions, Student Ambassador and Campus Visits Supervisor Vanessa Watkins and Michelle Golder, Special Projects and Activities Manager, take a moment to pose with Oswald.
Afterward, parents and students had the opportunity meet with staff from Clark College, Lower Columbia College, Washington State University Vancouver and the International Air and Hospitality Academy, who volunteered their time and shared admissions and financial aid information from their respective institutions. They also provided one-on-one help with filing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), helping to ensure that financial barriers don’t keep children from achieving the goal of a college degree.