Shoreline Community College Foundation, donors honor 2017 scholarship recipients

Mary Brueggeman (second from left), Vice President, Office of Advancement and Executive Director of Foundation; Diana Sampson (middle), Executive Director of International Education at Shoreline; Greg Olson (second from right), President, Shoreline Community College Foundation; and Scott Saunders (right), Treasurer, Shoreline Community College Foundation, award a scholarship to a student recipient.

Seventy-six Shoreline Community College Foundation scholarship recipients were honored in a ceremony held at the College on Wed., May 10. The honorees ranged from incoming high school graduates to continuing full-time students, and between them received over $149,000 in scholarships.

The awards ceremony was the first put on by the Foundation in several years, and the College and the Foundation are excited to be bringing it back.

“These students are so deserving of the assistance and support the Foundation and community are providing to them,” said Mary Brueggeman, Vice President, Office of Advancement and Executive Director of Foundation. “I think it is important to recognize them and let them know we are surrounding them with support to succeed.”

The ceremony included remarks by Brueggeman and College President Dr. Cheryl Roberts, followed by the handing out of certificates of award. Diana Sampson, Executive Director of International Education at Shoreline; Scott Saunders, Treasurer, Shoreline Community College Foundation; and Greg Olson, President, Shoreline Community College Foundation, aided Brueggeman in handing awards to recipients.

Shoreline Community College student, Kehla Grow, who will graduate this spring, concluded the ceremony by sharing her reflections on how being a scholarship recipient has enabled her to achieve her goals.

Grow described herself as one of six children of a single father saying, “there was simply no money for college. Having to pay for everything entirely by myself and juggling work with school, it was so overwhelming and there was no way I could have done it without help. I’m the only sibling of six getting a college degree, and it’s because of the Foundation.”

Grow went on to tell the crowd, “I’m forever grateful to the Foundation and the donors. These people are here to help you, they want to help you, and you are not alone. Just ask, because they want nothing more than to make your dreams a reality and see you succeed like they did for me.”

Thanks to generous donor support, the Foundation was able to add two new scholarships this year: the Mark F. and Tiffany T. McVeety Student Fund, which provides funds for students affected by an unforeseen medical or mental health event that could affect their ability to continue with school, and the Performing Arts and Digital Filmmaking scholarship, which is funded through ticket and concessions sales from the College’s Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) Opening Night Party.

The majority of funds for student scholarships are raised through the annual Foundation Student Success Breakfast, which broke records for attendance and donations this past year.

“It is truly a joy to feel so supported by the entirety of the Shoreline community,” said Brueggeman. “We’re not just a college, we’re a neighbor educating future contributors to this community, and we’ve truly been treated as such. Our donors and community partners are so generous, and it has made such a world of difference to our students.”

Thank you to all the donors to the Shoreline Community College Foundation, and to the many donors who attended the ceremony, including Pat Slusser (Tammy O’Brien Shanks Memorial Nursing Scholarship); Cherylyn and Forrest Adams and Baron and Jackie Wellman (Vivian Wellman Batty Memorial Nursing Scholarship); Harley O’Neil (Shoreline and Lake Forest Park Residents High School Scholarship); Cheryl Roberts (Tessie & Robert Adams and LeRoy and Ann Roberts, Jr. Memorial Scholarship); Greg Olson, Scott Saunders, Mary Brueggeman, Jeff King (SCC Full-Time and SCC Part-Time Continuing and Veterans Merit and Performing Arts and Digital Filmmaking); and more.

If you’d like to contribute to scholarships for students, consider attending 2017’s Foundation Student Success Breakfast on Nov. 2, 2017 or our SIFF Opening Night event, Fri., May 26. Donations can also be made online anytime.

Help the Mark F. and Tiffany T. McVeety Student Fund 1 reach its goal

Have you been wanting to donate to the Mark F. and Tiffany T. McVeety Student Fund 1?

Now is the time to do it!

The fund is now up to $23,739, just $1,261 short of the $25,000 goal for the fund to become an endowment and provide assistance to students in perpetuity.

John Backes, former Shoreline Community College Faculty and VP of Academic and Student Affairs and former Board Member of Shoreline Community College Foundation, has offered a match of your donations of up to $500 to help push this fund to $25,000 this month.

You can make your donation to the McVeety Student Fund with a credit card over the phone to the Foundation office at 206-533-6783 or write a check to the Shoreline Community College Foundation and put “McVeety Student Fund” in the memo of the check. The Foundation is located in the Admin Building and the address is: 16101 Greenwood Avenue North, Room #1005, Shoreline, WA 98133. Your gift is 100% tax deductible. The Foundation’s non-profit tax ID # is: 91-1265475.

Mark McVeety was a faculty member and liaison to the City of Shoreline and former President of the Shoreline Community College Foundation. Mark passed away just this past December from a life threatening illness. The Mark F. and Tiffany T. McVeety Student Fund 1 was established by Mark and Tiffany before Mark passed for the purpose of assisting students who experience a serious illness and have to drop out of school losing cost of tuition, books and parking. This fund will make it possible for the student(s) to return to Shoreline Community College when they are able without the worry of tuition, books and parking expenses.

Make a difference in the life of a student experiencing health issues and make a donation in the memory of Mark McVeety to the Mark F. and Tiffany T McVeety Student Fund 1. You will be helping their dream of making this an endowment come true.

Thank you,

Mary Brueggeman, Vice President
Office of Advancement
Executive Director
Shoreline Community College Foundation

Mark McVeety passes away

Mark McVeety, a staff and faculty member at Shoreline Community College, passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015.

Mark McVeety

Mark McVeety

McVeety, 46, came to the college in November, 2007, as Director of the Small Business Accelerator. The project is an innovative collaboration between the college and the City of Shoreline. He also taught a class on entrepreneurship as part of the college business department. He served on the Shoreline Community College Foundation Board and was past president of the foundation.  His background in business and the software industry, along with an upbeat attitude and high level of energy, was an asset to the college and the community.

A celebration of life is planned for 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 at the college theater, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., Shoreline, WA 98133. More information and remembrances are at

Former Group Health Foundation CEO joins college effort to raise resources

Shoreline Community College is taking a significant step toward increasing resources that will help the college better serve the needs of students.

Laura Rehrmann will join the college as Special Assistant to the President for Community Engagement following action by the Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, to approve funding for the position.

Laura Rehrmann photo

Laura Rehrmann

“I couldn’t be happier that Laura is joining us,” President Cheryl Roberts said. “Laura has tremendous skills and experience that will help us reach out to those who want to support the college in meeting the needs of our students and the communities we serve.”

Roberts received positive reactions from representatives of the faculty and classified unions as well as student leadership before bringing the proposal forward. Following the board vote, Trustee Phil Barrett said: “I’m very excited; this is a step in the right direction.”

Rehrmann recently retired as president and CEO of the Group Health Foundation and vice president for community responsibility for Group Health Cooperative. She just completed her term as president of Seattle 4 Rotary, the largest Rotary in the world. From 1993-98, Rehrmann served as executive director of the then-Seattle Central Community College Foundation.

Rehrmann is a graduate of Seattle University.  She earned a master’s degree in Not-for-Profit Executive Leadership from SU in 1996 and now serves on the advisory committee for the program. Rehrmann is a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

“A focal point of Laura’s work will be the capital campaign that is required for our new health sciences building,” Roberts said. The project is on the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges’ list of capital projects that would be funded with legislative approval.

“Laura will also help us with donor development, community development and work with the foundation staff and foundation board members,” Roberts said.

What Rehrmann won’t be, Roberts said, is executive director of the foundation.

“In the short term, Laura will support the foundation to help prepare for an executive director,” Roberts said. “Laura’s work will create the environment that will allow the college and foundation to recruit an executive director. Laura will be involved in helping find the right person for that ongoing leadership position.”

The funding approved by the Board of Trustees on Wednesday will pay Rehrmann $75,000 a year for two years.

While she will have an office in the foundation offices, Rehrmann won’t be on campus full time, Roberts said. “Laura will be out working with community members and college partners on behalf of the college and our students,” she said.

Roberts told the board members that Rehrmann will start work on Friday, Dec. 5.

Nursing scholarships announced

IMG_6065 IMG_6054The Annual Nurses’ Day Celebration was held May 6, 2014 in the SCC Automotive Showroom.  Guest speakers at this year’s event “Nurses: Leading the Way” included Pius Mbithi, RN, MSN who is a graduate of the SCC Nursing Program along with SCC Retired Nursing Faculty member, Hermien Watkins, MN, RN, WHNP.

The event included the announcement of Nursing Scholarship Recipients.  In addition to anouncement of awards from the American Legions 40 and 8 to seven nursing students, the SCC Foundation awarded 18 nursing scholarships totaling $22,250 for the 2014-2015 school year.

Tammi O’Brien Shanks was a graduate of the SCC School of Nursing in 1996.  Tammi’s family and friends established the SCC Foundation Tammi O’Brien Shanks Memorial Nursing Scholarship in her memory after her passing from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Tammi’s mother, Pat Slusser was present to meet this year’s recipient, Julie Keating.

Recipients present at this year’s Celebration included: Emily Miller, Julie Keating, Jordan Galbraith, Jill Morrill, Anh Phan, Veerpal Kaur and Emiko Tanaka. Other recipients of SCC Foundation Nursing scholarships who could not attend were:  Joyce Dizon, Na-Young Park, Gina Carossino and Chelsea Collum.

Congratulations to all these hard working Nursing students!