CCC student Marissa Tsinnajinnie (right) meets with CCC President
Colleen A. Smith last summer.
Page, Ariz. (Jan. 19, 2018) - A student at Coconino
Community College in Page will be springing to success after receiving
a newly created scholarship.
Marissa Tsinnajinnie of Bitter Springs received the first-ever Spring
to Success scholarship to attend classes at CCC in Page. The $750
scholarship was specifically created for a CCC Page student to attend
in the Spring 2018 semester, said Kay Leum, Director of Special
Projects and Grants.
"I didn't really expect to win, and I am just so thankful for
this opportunity," Tsinnajinnie said.
The funds will help with Tsinnajinnie's commute to Page to attend
classes and to pay for her books, she said. She is currently enrolled
in two new "hybrid" classes being offered at CCC Page,
which includes instructors teaching at CCC's location in Page twice
In order to be in the running for the scholarship, Tsinnajinnie
was required to turn in an application and write an essay, which
she was to turn in during CCC's "Get the Scoop" event
in Page on Dec. 15. The topic of her essay was "What is the
value of college education, and how can I personally benefit from
a Coconino Community College degree?" Nearly a dozen people
submitted applications and essays.
"We were thrilled with the number of submissions and with the
overall quality of the essays," said CCC Page Director Jim
Hunter. "We have a fine and deserving group of students."
Tsinnajinnie, who works at the hospital in Page after graduating
from Page High School, is currently studying pre-health careers
at CCC. Her ultimate goal is to become a labor and delivery nurse,
and she wants to keep her studies as close to home as possible.
That is why she takes courses at CCC in Page. She has benefitted
from receiving a number of scholarships from the CCC Foundation
during her educational career.
"I'm making my dream come true," she said.
For more information about scholarships available at Coconino Community
College, visit the CCC Foundation at www.coconinofoundation.org.
About Coconino Community College
Coconino Community College faculty and staff are dedicated to promoting
an environment of excellence to support students. Since 1991, CCC
has served residents across 18,000 square miles of Coconino County.
The College has helped create the region's skilled workforce, with
the goal of improving the lives of our residents through workforce
development and higher education. CCC has served more than 75,000
students countywide, with two campuses in Flagstaff and an instructional
site in Page.
CCC provides affordable tuition and a variety of certificates and
degrees including career/technical programs with more than 50 certificate
programs and two-year associate degrees in various fields. Those
fields include nursing, fire science, law enforcement and business.
Additionally, CCC has programs that ease student transition to any
of the three state universities.
CCC reaches out to the more rural portions of the County including
Williams, the Grand Canyon/Tusayan, Page/Lake Powell, Fredonia,
Tuba City and other remote areas on the Navajo, Hopi and Supai Tribal
Lands. Instructional sites offer classes through online, in-person
and Interactive Television classes to meet the needs of students
in these rural and remote areas. Nearly 20 percent of CCC's students
are Native American learners.