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News: PCC Foundation Celebrates Legacy of Robert & Adrienne Westerbeck

The first three recipients of the Westerbeck Scholarships were announced today at the reception hosted by the PCC Foundation. The following is a transcript of the announcement made by Bobbi Abram, Executive Director, PCC Foundation, from today's event:

December 12, 2012

The first three recipients of the Westerbeck Scholarships were announced today at the reception hosted by the PCC Foundation.  The following is a transcript of the announcement made by Bobbi Abram, Executive Director, PCC Foundation, from today's event:

"Today, we are celebrating good fortune, good neighbors and good work.

Our good fortune began as a surprise in May of 2011 when Pasadena City College Foundation was informed that we would be the recipient of an estate gift from Robert & Adrienne Westerbeck.  Robert had lived to the age of 89 and Adrienne had survived him and lived to the age of 103.  Their good fortune began when “Bob” took adult piano lessons from a music teacher named “Addie” and their relationship blossomed into a marriage that lasted over 50 years.  Bob graduated from Pasadena Junior College in 1936 and Addie received three degrees from USC.

But without good neighbors, their story and their legacy would have ended with their deaths.  Instead, as this couple began to age, their neighbors including the Don Anderson family the Don Anderson families began to keep an eye out for their unassuming, aging neighbors.  When Addie needed assistance after Bob passed away, their neighbor Ms. Hermina Anderson, was the first on her list to call.  As Hermina made herself available to help with everything from taking Addie to doctor’s appointments to making sure the heat stayed on, she soon learned that the Westerbeck name would fade unless a trust was created.  In the trust, Pasadena City College Foundation was endowed as the home of their legacy.  Ms. Anderson has faithfully served as Trustee of the Adrienne Westerbeck Family Trust.

In 2011, over $4 million was donated to the PCC Foundation to establish the Robert Westerbeck Scholarship Fund.  At the same time, PCC had launched its Center for the Arts Campaign and a portion of the Westerbeck Scholarship Fund was dedicated to honoring students in Music, Theatre and Visual Arts.  This year, additional donations from their estate bring their gift to over $5 million.  The largest gift ever received by the PCC Foundation.

And now, it is time to honor good work.  Today, we are privileged to introduce to you the first three Robert Westerbeck Scholarship Recipients.  Each of our recipients will receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to help them complete their coursework at Pasadena City College.  Our first recipient of the Robert Westerbeck Scholarship in Music is Melissa Fuentes.  Our first recipient of the Robert Westerbeck Scholarship in Theatre Arts is Michaela Escarcega.  Our first recipient of the Robert Westerbeck Scholarship in Visual Arts is Jacklyn Molinar.

The Robert Westerbeck Scholarship Fund also awards general scholarships that are not restricted by program of study.  The Westerbeck Scholarship Fund is now available to all continuing PCC students who have completed at least 24 credit hours,  have a GPA of 2.5, are enrolled in at least 6 hours and have two recommendations from faculty.  The scholarships carry a minimum award of at least $1,000 for full-time students.  Students can apply for the scholarship by going online to Pasadena.edu, and click on the general scholarship application from the Financial Aid page.

Release Date: 03/01/2013
Contact: Bobbi Abram , Executive Director
Phone: (626) 585-7051
Email: blabram@pasadena.edu