Our Donors

Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of so many who give to help students just like you reach their dreams! Click on View Donor to read more and see which scholarship opportunities they sponsor or use the Search by Keyword if you know the name of your donor or scholarship.

Amelia Harrer

Amelia Harrer

Amelia Kouyomjian-Harrer was born in San Paulo, Brazil and immigrated to the United States in her early years. She worked as a “window dresser” in some of Chicago’s finest department stores. After raising her family, she enrolled at Bakersfield College to pursue...

Andrae Gonzales

Andrae Gonzales

Andrae is one of the children of Manuel Gonzales, Jr. He has been a member of the Bakersfield School District Board of Directors. He and his family have worked hard to raise money to endow the Manuel Gonzales, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

Ann Gordon Bigler

Ann Gordon Bigler

Ann Gordon Bigler is the sister of Mary Trichell and wants to recognize the fact that Mary appreciates the education she received at Bakersfield College.

Bona Dillon and Larry Press

Bona Dillon and Larry Press

The Bona Dillon and Larry Press Scholarship has been established by longtime Bakersfield journalist Larry Press and his wife, Bona Dillon, a former Bakersfield College journalism professor. The purpose of the gift is to fund scholarships for students aspiring to a...

Buck Owens Private Foundation

Buck Owens Private Foundation

Born in Sherman, Texas in 1929, Buck Owens came West with his family in the great “Grapes of Wrath” migration of the 30’s. By 1951, he settled into Bakersfield, California and found himself playing guitar and singing in the local honky-tonks. He quickly became a...

Dana Heins-Gelder

Dana Heins-Gelder

Delta Theta Tau, Gamma Xi Chapter

Delta Theta Tau, Gamma Xi Chapter

The Estate of Verona Duncan helps support the Delta Theta Tau, Gamma Xi Chapter, Sorority which provides monies to deserving students in a variety of disciplines. The Sorority has chosen to distribute some of its resources on an annual basis to BC nursing students.

Dignity Health

Dignity Health

Dignity Health sponsors scholarships in nursing and Radiology tech to encourage students to enter these fields.

Don Rodewald

Don Rodewald

Don Rodewald was born in Bakersfield in 1927. He graduated from East Bakersfield High School in 1944 where he was Class President. He was a Bombardier-Gunner in the Navy where he met his wife, Shirley, also in the Navy. Don attended BC and the College of the...

Lil Ray Estrada

Efrain Raymond Estrada “Little Ray”

Efrain Raymond Estrada “Little Ray” and Isaac Estrada were brothers born in the Bakersfield area whose lives were ended early. Their family has been a part of the Kern County community for several generations with their grandmother serving as an educator in the...

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Heidi Martinez-Forsythe

The Second Chances Scholarship Fund Endowment was established in 2016 by Bakersfield College alumna Heidi Martinez-Forsythe to encourage those students who have faced substantial personal challenges and yet want a second chance to be productive, successful community...

Issac Estrada

Isaac Estrada

Efrain Raymond Estrada “Little Ray” and Isaac Estrada were brothers born in the Bakersfield area whose lives were ended early. Their family has been a part of the Kern County community for several generations with their grandmother serving as an educator in the...

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John and Ruth Ann Ulman

John and Ruth Ann Ulman grew up in western Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh. John attended California State Teachers College in California, PA before moving to California in 1946. Ruth Ann followed and they were married in Hollywood, CA on August 24, 1946. John...

Knox Williams

Knox Williams

This scholarship was established in honor of Knox Williams in 2015 by his children. Knox attended Bakersfield College between 1946 and 1949, earning his AA degree. Transferring to UCLA in the fall of 1949, he majored in business and graduated in 1951. After...

Knox Williams and Family

Knox Williams and Family

A scholarship was established in memory of June Williams in 2014. A long time resident of Bakersfield, CA. June attended Bakersfield Jr. College for 1 year. She married Knox Williams, who also attended Bakersfield Jr. College, earning his AA degree. Knox and June...

Kris Kreiser

Kris Kreiser

Kris Kreiser was the Beardsley junior high and intermediate school librarian when she died of cancer at age 54. She graduated from Bakersfield High School and pursued her teaching credential before going to work in the family business, Carney’s, a technology business...

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Peter Wonderly

Donor Peter Wonderly has been a lover of jazz for some 50 years, having been introduced to the Jazz Crusaders by his older brother, and the Dave Brubeck Quartet by his father. To this day, he considers the Jazz Crusaders the most underappreciated ensemble in jazz...

Sean Murray at his family's farm

Sean Murrray Memorial Scholarship

The Sean Murray Memorial Scholarship is a lasting tribute to a young man who loved life and engaged in his families’ agricultural business. He was a true blessing with a contagious smile, infectious humor, and a genuinely caring personality. Sean realized the...

Severo Jose Ramirez

Severo Jose Ramirez

Severo Jose Ramirez was born and raised in Bakersfield Ca. He attended Hort Elementary, Stiern Middle School and graduated in 1999 from Foothill High School where he played baseball and football. He continued his education at Bakersfield College. While attending BC,...

Sierra Service Center Council

Sierra Service Center Council

The Sierra Service Center Council (SSCC) is a non-governance body of the California Teachers Association (CTA). The SSCC serves as a center for exchange of information between local CTA members and the State Council of Education which serves as the governing body for...

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Stephanie Marie Gonzalez

Stephanie Marie Gonzalez was born in Bakersfield, California in 1981. Stephanie was a Correctional Administration major at Bakersfield College and attended from 1999-2003. She served as a Juvenile Corrections Officer with Kern County Probation Department from 2003 to...

William E Harrer

William E Harrer

William E. Harrer was born in Evanston, Illinois, joined the Marine Corps when he was 17, stationed at Pearl Harbor during the attack and completed his duty in the South Pacific during World War II. Working as a machinist, “Bill” owned Valley Machine Shop until his...

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William Lynn "Bill" Bennett

William Lynn “Bill” Bennett grew up in Bakersfield, graduating from East Bakersfield High School in 1963. While at East High, Bill was active on the Legislative Council and played baseball, golf and track, as well as being a finalist in the school boxing tournament....