Kerncrest Audubon Society establishes new endowment for college scholarships

Caption: Robert Parker (left) President and Dan Burnett (right) Treasurer of the Kerncrest Audubon Society present CCCC Foundation President Derrick Hu (center) with at $10,000 check for the establishment of the Kerncrest Audubon Meade Scholarship at the college.


The Cerro Coso Community College Foundation announced the latest addition to its growing scholarship program that will further the mission of the organization.  The Kerncrest Audubon Society had established a new permanent endowed scholarship fund to help students jump start their college educations. 

The new endowment will create a permanent funding source for scholarships to full-time students pursuing a four year degree in biological sciences, ecology, forestry, or related sciences attending any of the college's campuses. 

This investment in scholarships can promote academic achievement at the college and make it possible for students to continue their academic pursuit. 

The Kerncrest Audubon Society is an educational organization which promotes the protection of wildlife, especially birds, and works to conserve wildlife habitat.

The Kerncrest Audubon Meade Scholarship was made possible because of the generous gift made by Bob and Bernice Meade, long-time residents of the Indian Wells Valley, avid birders, and active advocates for wildlife. 

Established in 1977, the CCCC Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports student and economic growth and vitality of the communities it serves by providing well-educated human resources for local business and industry. The Foundation awarded more than $170,000 in scholarships to Cerro Coso students over the past two years to ensure financial accessibility to higher education.  More information on the CCCC Foundation is available at

Students only need to complete one general application at the college and student information is automatically matched with more than 50 scholarship opportunities available through the CCCC Foundation.

Director of Institutional Advancement Natalie Dorrell said, “it is exciting that organization's like the Kerncrest Audubon Society recognizes the value of a college education and its importance to families, our communities, and the region.  We are indeed grateful to them and their decision to establish this scholarship that helps provide families with a pathway to college and will yield positive results for generations to come.”

For more information about scholarship opportunities or to establish a fund, contact the CCCC Foundation at (760) 384-6260 or visit .