Copper Mountain College Foundation Announces 2010 Greenleaf Scholar

    May 3, 2010


    JOSHUA TREE, Ca – Copper Mountain College Foundation held its annual awards ceremony Monday, May 3, 2010 to announce this year’s Roy Greenleaf, Jr. Educational Fund scholarship finalists and winner. A Yucca Valley High School senior is this year’s recipient, with Twentynine Palms High School, and Joshua Springs Christian High School also being represented among the finalists.
    As the 2010 Greenleaf Scholar, Candace Creps will receive funding for tuition, books and living expenses while she completes an AA degree at Copper Mountain College and a four year degree at a California State University or University of California campus.
    Candace has been active in helping others, and along with her identical twin sister, Cassandra, has sponsored a child in Ethiopia. Candace has worked for two years while attending school, and wants to be a teacher here in the Morongo Basin when she finishes her education. Candace and her sister have lived with their grandparents for the last eight years, and been active in their church’s youth group.

    The finalists this year were Ashly Rondeau from Twentynine Palms High School, David Hymas from Yucca Valley High School, and Brea Polos from Joshua Springs Christian High School. Also included in this year’s finalists was Candace’s sister Cassandra Creps, also from Yucca Valley High School.

    Previous Greenleaf Scholars include the 2002 scholar, Jillian Harris-Burkett, a Family Support and Language Arts teacher in the San Diego area and the 2003 scholar, Jennifer Meyers-Giddings, who is in her first year of a Master’s Program in Education with a focus in Mathematics, at Cal State Long Beach.
    The 2004 scholar, Catherine Cahill, is currently on leave from Cal State Long Beach and the 2005 scholar, Ryan O’Connell, is completing his first year at the University of Southern California, School of Medicine. Samantha Stephens, the 2006 scholar, is studying psychology at Cal State San Bernardino, and the 2007 scholar, Tollian Waite, is awaiting his transfer to study astrophysics at a Cal State or University of California campus. The 2008 scholar, Geanne Weaver, is beginning her first year studying psychology at Cal State Long Beach and the 2009 scholar Rhonda Romberg returns for her second year at CMC in the fall.

    This scholarship was established by the trust of the late Roy Greenleaf, Jr., a banker and benefactor who bequeathed his estate to the CMC Foundation to help students achieve their educational dreams.
    For more information about the Roy Greenleaf Jr. Educational Fund scholarship, contact the CMC Foundation at 760-366-3791 x 5012, or visit us online at

    Photo attached: 2010 Greenleaf Scholar & Finalists Photo, Jpeg, 1.35M
    Left to Right:
    2010 Greenleaf Scholar: Candace Creps, Yucca Valley High School.
    Finalists: Brea Polos (center), Joshua Springs Christian High School; Cassandra Creps (right), Yucca Valley High School. Finalists not pictured: David Hymas, Yucca Valley High School; and Ashly Rondeau, Twentynine Palms High School.