Student Equity & Inclusion Services

A safe and welcoming environment for all

Multicultural Student Services

A safe and welcoming environment for all

Multicultural Student Services

A safe and welcoming environment for all

The Pharmacy Technician program prepares students for the role of support personnel in the hospital, clinical, home health care agencies, mail-order and retail pharmacies. Working under the direction of a licensed pharmacist, Pharmacy Technicians provide assistance to the pharmacist in a variety of tasks involving the packaging, distribution, compounding, labeling, and recording of drugs.

Champions of Diversity

Skagit Valley College and Washington’s public universities are pleased to recognize young multicultural leaders in Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties. Join us to applaud these high school students for their achievements in promoting diversity in their school and community! In addition to the Champions of Diversity Awards, selected seniors will receive scholarships presented by local individuals, businesses and Washington state colleges and universities.

History

Between 1990 and 2000, Skagit Valley College offered full-tuition scholarships to 10 multicultural students each year with funding from the SVC Foundation. High school students routinely did not apply for these funds. To encourage high school student participation, the Champions of Diversity Awards Ceremony was founded in 2000 by Anita Ordóñez, SVC; Rita Ordóñez, UW; and Rafael Gomez, WWU.

Each year, over 100 high school students are presented with a “Champions” award at this ceremony, and selected seniors receive scholarships from 8 colleges/universities and other donors. Over 700 community and family members come together at this event to honor and recognize these young people.

Contact Us

For more information about the Champions of Diversity Program and Awards Ceremony, please contact:

Yasmeen Davila, Student Office Assistant

360.416.6744

Alana Quigley
Director, Student Equity & Inclusion Services 

360.416.7938

Reasons to Nominate Students for Champions of Diversity Awards

This is a short list of reasons a student could be nominated but not the only reasons. When nominating a student we look for individuals who have worked to promote diversity in their school, community, church or daily activities.

  • Club or organization involvement on their school campus or community that promotes diversity and inclusion.
  • Participates or leads in multicultural event programming on their school campus.
  • Volunteered at events/agencies/organizations related to serving historically underrepresented populations.
  • Attended conferences related to diversity and equity.
  • Involved in sports or athletic activities such as jaripeo, lasso, pulling canoe for the tribe, referees for soccer games etc.
  • Assisting in nursing homes, healthcare facilities and homeless shelters, donating clothing, feeding the hungry, helping in migrant camps, marching for peace, mentoring peers and/or siblings, raising funds for scholarships and/or world tragedies,  translating for others, tutoring young children etc.
  • Involved in Northwest Indian College Summer Program, Science and Math Bilingual Program, U-doc Program, Upward Bound etc.

Reasons to Nominate Students for Champions of Diversity Awards

What sparked the initiation of the Champions of Diversity Scholarship Program?
Between 1990 and 2000, Skagit Valley College offered full-tuition scholarships to ten multicultural students each year with funding from the SVC Foundation. High school students routinely did not apply for these funds. To encourage high school student participation, the Champions of Diversity Awards ceremony was founded in 2000 by Anita Ordóñez, SVC; Rita Ordóñez, UW; and Rafael Gomez, WWU. Each year, over 100 high school students are presented with a “Champions” award at this ceremony, and selected seniors receive scholarships from eight colleges/universities and other donors. Over 400 community and family members come together at this event to honor and recognize these young people.
What is the nomination procedure?
Nominate students online by using the Champions of Diversity Awards Nomination Form.
How many students are nominated for Champions of Diversity Awards each year?
We receive an average of over one hundred nominees each year. Of these nominees an average of 85 have been seniors eligible for scholarships.
What are the scholarship eligibility requirements?
  • High school senior
  • Resident of Skagit, Island, or San Juan County
  • Contributor to diversity through leadership or community service.
  • Minimum Grade Point Average of 2.0
What is the selection process?
A selection committee, comprised of representatives from all contributing institutions of higher education, review the nominations of seniors and determine scholarship winners.
What is our goal?
To award as many nominated seniors a scholarship to attend college in the state of Washington. Some students selected for scholarships through Champions of Diversity are not eligible for federal financial aid. Our scholarships support them in furthering their education.
How many scholarships are presented at the COD event?
An average of 35 seniors is awarded scholarships annually.
What is the dollar amount of the individual awards presented?
Scholarships vary each year ranging from $1,500–$6,000
Which educational institutions award scholarships?
Skagit Valley College, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, The Evergreen State College, University of Washington – Seattle, University of Washington- College of Engineering, University of Washington – Bothell, Washington State University, and Western Washington University.
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