photo by Melinda Finn

SAN MARCOS, CA (May 22, 2015) – Shown presenting a check to Palomar College Superintendent/President Robert P. Deegan, second from right, is President of the Vista Grange No. 609 Hank Hitt, center. Also pictured are, from left, Dean of Career, Technical and Extended Education Wilma Owens, Palomar’s Interim Fire Technology Supervisor Dan Barron, and Fire Technology Coordinator, John Thompson.

The check was the first of two payments set up by the Vista Grange organization as endowments to aid students currently enrolled in the Palomar College Fire Academy program. The total amount of the scholarship endowment is $51,000, divided between the $25,000 Floyd Malin Memorial Fire Academy Scholarship and the $26,000 William Hitt Fire Academy Scholarship.

This year’s scholarship winners were announced at the Palomar College Fire Academy graduation on May 13. James Nava was awarded the Floyd Malin Scholarship, and Dustin Walker was awarded the William Hitt Scholarship, each of them receiving $500. Two more recipients for these scholarships will be selected in fall 2015.


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