President’s Scholarship fosters Creativity, Pathway for Rosalynne Dedmon

West Hills runs in the family for Rosalynne Dedmon.

The North District Center, Firebaugh student is attending NDC alongside her mother, Lori. Her mother and father have also both previously taught courses at NDC. Now, Rosalynne—thanks to the West Hills Community College Districts’ President’s Scholars program— is attending NDC tuition free.

Since the President’s Scholars Program began in 1998, it has provided more than 800 students from Kings and Fresno counties the opportunity to attend college with free tuition and $250 a semester for books.

Rosalynne credits the program with giving her the time to find her footing and determine what she wants to do academically.

“I really had no idea what I was going to do after high school,” she said. “I never knew what I wanted to do or go. Growing up in a small town, there’s also a big transition and it’s overwhelming going to a UC or CSU right out of high school. The President’s Scholars program has been amazing. I haven’t had to pay for anything. I get to do great volunteer work and meet with counselors who keep me on track. I always have support. It’s really motivated me to be successful and get top grades.”

She added that coming to NDC has helped her to bloom creatively, taking art classes and expanding her drawing and painting skills.

Rosalynne plans to transfer in Fall 2019 and has her sights set on attending a UC or CSU.  

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