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Advancement Office

College of Arts & Sciences


Atanas and Sasha Alexandra Katchamakoff Scholarship
Atanas Katchamakoff was a Bulgarian sculptor and painter whose Christos, wood carvings and sculptures brought him much success in the 1920s and ’30s. His wife Alexandra was a ceramist. After becoming good friends with a University administrator, the Katchamakoffs soon came to appreciate La Sierra University and its art department. Upon Atanas’ death in 1984, La Sierra received half of his estate. The other half was distributed to California State University-Northridge. Katchamakoff regularly expressed his preference for putting money into people, not things, and stipulated that his gift be used for “students who perform artistically on a realistic basis,” with a portion for scholarship use and supplies.

Mabel Earp-Cason Scholarship
Mabel graduated from the original San Fernando Academy, the ancestor of La Sierra University and always yearned for a college education, but the opportunity always eluded her. She was successful as a self-taught professional artist, teacher, and writer. Her ambition for a college education was fulfilled vicariously through her children. All four of her children and seven of her grandchildren attended La Sierra University. They have established this scholarship in loving memory of her, designated for art students with financial need


Edmund C. Jaeger Biology Book Award
Edmund C. Jaeger established these cash book awards to help defray the rising cost of text books and to help insure that students have access to current and appropriate materials.

Edmund C. Jaeger Biology Scholarship
Dr. Edmund C. Jaeger was an educator, author, naturalist, scientist, philanthropist, philosopher and good citizen. Born a Nebraskan, he graduated from high school at 15 and immediately began a careerin teaching. He later received a B.S. degree in biology from Occidental College. Dr. Jaeger is most renowned for his contribution to the world of science, when he discovered in 1947 that hibernation occurs among birds. The results of his documented studies altered previous scientific beliefs and can be found in the February 1953 issue of National Geographic. Dr. Jaeger traveled extensively around the world and boasted that for more than 35 years of his life he did not spend less than two or three nights per week in his sleeping bag. He started this endowment and many others in California colleges for junior and senior natural history students.

Dr. Raymond E. Ryckman Honoraria Endowment
Raymond Ryckman, Ph.D., has touched many lives since he started teaching medical and graduate students in 1950, when he became chair of the Department of Medical Entomology in the School of Tropical and Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University. In 1960, he joined the Microbiology Department, and was named Emeritus Professor in 1988. He is known internationally for his authority and prodigious research on Chagas’ disease and the Triatominae species, which affects nearly 20 million people in Central and South America. Although he has authored an impressive volume of literature and compiled a literature review of more than 21,000 references, he also is well-known for making time for his students in his and their own research. Students in La Sierra University’s biology department are helped by this endowment.

Lynn N. Sarkisian Biology Scholarship Endowment
This fund is established by Lynn N. Sarkisian to support students majoring in the field of Biology at La Sierra University who achieve and maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or better in their major. While primarily merit-based, eligible students will also demonstrate unmet financial need such as participation in the campus work/study program. Lynn N. Sarkisian was an educator in the life sciences with a specialty in the field of Zoology and was published in Parasitology. He attended Lynwood Academy where he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in a hospital. After the army, Lynn attended La Sierra College and received a B.A. degree in Biology in 1952. Lynn later went on to the University of Southern California and completed his M.S. degree in Biology in 1957. To support himself through his educational years, Lynn worked as a laboratory technician and then as an instructor at both La Sierra University and the University of Southern California. After college, Lynn dedicated his life to advancing science education in Biology and Zoology, spending many years as a faculty member at Fullerton Community College.



Edna Maye Loveless Drama Scholarship
During the eleven years that Edna Maye Loveless served first as faculty and then chair of the department of English and Communication at La Sierra University, she worked tirelessly and successfully to establish drama as a regular academic program. Drama, as a regularly scheduled activity at La Sierra began in the spring of 1998 with a production of “As You Like It,” directed by graduate student Andrea Geli. From the first, Dr. Loveless was extremely supportive-—she attended all the plays, mentored the young actors and directors and quietly made up the difference when productions exceeded the minimal amount of funds that could be eked out of the department’s budget. The faculty and friends of Edna Maye established this endowment in December 2003 to recognize her contribution to this program, one of her many noteworthy achievements.

Marie Barber Marchus Scholarship
A one-room schoolhouse in San Pasqual Valley is where Marie Barber Marchus spent most of her life teaching elementary, 9th and 10th grades. Her loving concern for each individual resulted in cooperation and progress from the students. In addition to the core curriculum she included Bible classes, a daily nature study and vocal music. But it is her study of the English language through literature, grammar and penmanship that is best remembered. Awards given over the years are intended to insure that in the future there are Adventist teachers with an interest in the preservation and development of the English language.

Neff-Lewis Scholarship
Merlin L. Neff was head of the La Sierra College English department and chairman of the language and literature division from 1961-1965. He authored 21 books, plus numerous magazine articles and published writings. Dr. Neff was a 1927 graduate of Pacific Union College, with his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Washington and an honorary doctor of law degree from Walla Walla College. Although an aptitude test told Richard Lewis that architecture would be a good vocation for him, he wanted to impress young minds, not create impressive buildings. Therefore, he followed the footsteps of an English teacher who had influenced his life. Lewis also graduated from Pacific Union College in 1927, earned a master’s degree from the University of Southern California and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He served as head of the Speech and English department at Walla Walla College, taught at Pacific Union College, was an editor of the Pacific Press Publishing Association and taught and served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at La Sierra until his retirement. Awards from this endowment are given to students of English at La Sierra University.


Health & Exercise Science

The Mary Elizabeth Dyer Gwynn Scholarship Fund
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Betty Dyer attended Texas Christian University on a full music scholarship, completing her degree in 1941. As a teenager, she often performed as a piano soloist with the TCU orchestra and also served as organist for St. John’s Episcopal Church. Notwithstanding a virtuoso talent in music, her first love was the field of athletics. Betty was an avid sports enthusiast in her early years and competed in junior tennis tournaments as a child. As an adult, Betty pursued golf and tennis while teaching music as a career. In later life she competed in many 5K and 10K races in southern California, running the Honolulu Marathon in her 60s. In her 80s, she competes in women’s tennis league in Redlands and regularly bowls over 200 in league play. Betty dedicated her life to teaching and has beneficially influenced the lives of many students. Because she made many personal sacrifices to insure her own children would receive a Christian education, they have dedicated this scholarship fund to her in assisting worthy students who are pursuing a degree in Health, Exercise Science and Athletics.

Hamerslough Family Scholarship
With only a 6th grade education Walter K. Hamerslough managed Claypool & Co. grocery store for more than 30 years and founded Little League baseball in Needles, California. His wife Frances and four other women founded the Seventhday Adventist Church of Needles. Their daughter, Noreen, and her husband, Commander Warren Kirkwood, USN retired, both graduated from La Sierra College in 1948. Walter S. Hamerslough, son of Walter K., graduated from La Sierra College in 1958 and has served for 30 years as professor of Health and Physical Education, retiring in 2002. His wife, Darlene, graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences at La Sierra College and then the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University. Both of their children, Rhonda and Scott, are alumni of La Sierra, in 1991 and 1994 respectively. So much of the Hamerslough family’s energy has centered on La Sierra, that they established this endowment to help physical education or health science majors who demonstrate financial need and potential in their profession.

Tommy F. Kofoed Scholarship
Tommy F. Kofoed was born on a farm with no electricity or running water on the island of Bornholm, located in the Baltic Sea. Education was secondary to farming labor needs. He traveled to the Skodsborg School of Physical Therapy on the Danish mainland for further education, then served as a missionary to the Eskimos in Greenland. After teaching Physical Therapy at his alma mater, he traveled to Loma Linda University, Riverside, to study and incorporate healthful living into his physical therapy curriculum. Tommy finished a doctorate in Health Science at Loma Linda University, developed a health education center at Porter Memorial Hospital in Colorado, served as health and temperance secretary at the Northern European Division in England and is a former faculty member of La Sierra University. He established this endowment to aide health science students with sound scholarship and financial need who wish to serve others.



Wilfred J. Airey Pre-Law Scholarship
Wilfred J. Airey established this fund to encourage students to study law. Recipients shall be history or political science majors with a grade point average of 3.5 and LSAT score of 39. Recipients will also demonstrate their intentions of attending an American Bar Association accredited school.

Alonzo Baker Scholarship
The Alonzo Baker Scholarship is intended to recognize students with superior scholarship and who have a History or Political Science major. Recipients of this award are to have in the department of history and political science with a minimum grade point average of 3.5. LSAT score must be a minimum of 39, and the students must demonstrate a commitment to attending an American Bar Association accredited law school. Recipients are to be involved in extracurricular activities and receive recommendations from La Sierra University faculty with whom they have taken classes.

Frederick G. Hoyt Scholarship
Frederick G. Hoyt has been an inspiration to students and faculty from his days as a student throughout his own academic leadership role at La Sierra University. Dr. Hoyt received his B.A. in History and Religion in 1948 and married Vivian Golden, registered nurse, who also attended La Sierra. He is renowned for his research in Philippine, U.S. Naval and Adventist histories. He received his Ph.D. in History from Claremont Graduate School in 1963. Dr. Hoyt taught at San Pasqual and Pomona Academies and La Sierra College, where he later served as chair of the Social Science department and advisor to Adventist Colleges Abroad program. Hs influence extends beyond students and faculty through his many professional associations, including president of the Association of SDA Historians, Association for Asian Studies, U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association and more. To honor Dr. Hoyt’s care and influence, a former student, Judith R. Nelson (’62) established this endowment. She states, “Although I didn’t realize it at the time, Dr. Hoyt’s classes were the best preparation for law school and law practice. I have been blessed with an outstanding teacher...this is my payback.”

Frederick G. Hoyt Writing Award
Chief Radioman Frederick G. Hoyt attended La Sierra College after his discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1945. He was editor of the Criterion and helped raise $5,000 for the construction of the Dining Commons. With the help of a Fulbright grant, he traveled to the Philippines to conduct research on American involvement there. During the 19 years that he served as chair of the Social Science Department, Dr. Hoyt set high standards of scholarship that earned the respect of his students. “He could flunk you,” said one of his students, “and you still couldn’t help but like him.” Kent Hansen, a student in 1971, was so inspired by Dr. Hoyt that he changed his major from Journalism to History/ Political Science. They formed a lifelong friendship, and Kent went on to be a leading corporate attorney and part-time teacher at La Sierra. Because of their appreciation for Dr. Hoyt, Kent and his wife Patricia established this cash award endowment to honor the best student writer in the department of History and Political Science as selected by the faculty.

Gail Kendall Annual Pre-Law Women’s Scholarship
The Gail Kendall Annual Pre-Law Women’s Scholarship will be awarded to women students who have a major in History or Political Science, with a grade point average of 3.5 and LSAT score of 39.

Landeen-Airey-Hilde History Scholarship
This fund was originally established by R. Lynn Hilde Jr., to encourage and stimulate young adults to prepare for a career teaching history. The fund is intended to assist junior and senior History major students with superior academic records, and who are interested in research and writing with a commitment to a teaching career.



Richard G. Guy Memorial Scholarship
Born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, in 1927, Richard (Dick) G. Guy attended Adventist schools through his freshman year at La Sierra College, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He returned to La Sierra to continue his education in 1947. His interest centered around English and Journalism, and he anticipated a career in church public relations. He published articles in Riverside Press, Signs of the Times, and poems in two volumes of America Sings. He was a strong leader in student religious activities, a typesetter for the College Press and part of the editorial staff for the Criterion student newspaper. While traveling home to Michigan in the summer of 1949, he died in an automobile collision. Milo W. Loye, M.D., alumnus (’49), friend and roommate of Dick, established this memorial scholarship to assist students interested in Communication and Journalism.

Latin American Studies

Elmer G. Ross Latin American Studies Scholarship
Elmer Gerard Ross was born in 1917 in Brawley, California, where his father was a farmer, newspaper editor and one of the first attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union. Elmer graduated from Beaumont High School with a 4.0 grade point average, in addition to being class valedictorian, member of the basketball, tennis and debating teams, school paper editor, student body president and student body court judge. He earned his B.A. in 1941 from Pacific Union College, where he married Orva Beth Dickinson. Elmer taught and was principal for several Adventist and non- Adventist schools. He later took his wife and two sons, Delmer and Ivan, to Guatemala where he was ordained to the ministry and became president of the Nicaragua Mission in 1958. After 13 years of mission service in Central America, his family returned to California with two adopted Honduran daughters, Rosemary and Nancy. After serving as pastor for several churches in California, they retired in 1980 to Southern California. This scholarship is for superior students with an interest in Latin America.


Hilmer Besel Math and Computing Scholarship
This award was established by members of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science to honor Hilmer Walter Besel, the founder of both the mathematics and computer science programs at La Sierra University. He taught on the campus from 1960 to 1992. Hilmer got his formal education the hard way: he attended nine elementary and high schools in eleven years, and wasn’t able to enter college until the age of 31. Hilmer studied on his own during the years he wasn’t in school, even tackling subjects such as calculus. When he was unable to solve some calculus problems by himself, he walked six miles across Winnipeg to seek help from his highschool mathematics teacher. The teacher looked at the problems and said, “Hilmer you’re on your own; you are way beyond me in math.” Education was not the only thing that Hilmer did the hard way. He and his wife Lily adopted three Yugoslavian sisters aged 11, 13 and 15 who didn’t speak any English.  Their love for their new daughters transcended the inevitable problems of communication, and a loving family was formed. Awards from this endowment are given in recognition of students who have demonstrated academic excellence in mathematics or computer science.

Modern Languages

Margarete L. and D. Glenn Hilts Scholarship
Dr. Margarete Ambs Hilts established this scholarship to benefit and encourage students at La Sierra who majored in a modern language such as French, German or Spanish. She understood the important and entwined nature of language and culture, so stipulated that recipients should have spent at least one year studying the language abroad to be eligible for the scholarship. Dr. Hilts was a true leader and an influential, visionary faculty member at La Sierra for more than 50 years. Her honors include being named the Alumni Teacher of the Year, the LLU Distinguished Service Award and the G.T. Anderson Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has the distinction of having taught at this institution longer than any other professor: 58 years.

Carmen and Rafael C. Morales Spanish Language Scholarship
The Carmen and Rafael C. Morales Hispanic Scholarship Fund was established by Dr. Lourdes Morales-Gudmundsson and her brothers, Tito Franklin Morales, Ralph Morales, Jr., and Raul Jose Morales, in memory of their parents, Carmen Lopez de Morales and Rafael Casimiro Morales who made many personal and financial sacrifices to provide Christian education for their children at La Sierra Academy, La Sierra University, and Loma Linda University. Dr. Lourdes Morales-Gudmundsson is an alumna of La Sierra University, having graduated with her brother, Dr. Ralph Morales, Jr., also a Loma Linda University alumnus. Raul J. Morales is an alumnus of La Sierra Academy and Tito F. Morales attended then La Sierra College through his sophomore year in the pre-med program. As a freelance “social worker” among Latinos, Mrs. Carmen Lopez de Morales taught women how to read and write, how to drive, how to teach, and encouraged the young people in newly-baptized families to attend Christian schools in the area and abroad. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Mr. Rafael Casimiro Morales, an artist, draftsman, and self-taught scholar, who spoke English, Italian, and Spanish fluently and could read French and German, was an inspiration to his family. This award goes to a deserving Spanish major who is involved in Hispanic community service.


Herbert Blomstedt Scholarship
Each summer from 1970-1984, Herbert Blomstedt traveled from Dresden, East Germany— where he conducted the Dresden State Opera Orchestra—to the La Sierra campus of Loma Linda University to hold orchestral workshops. The Blomstedt Endowment was established in recognition of his contribution to La Sierra University and to assist outstanding young performers who enroll as music majors.  Maestro Blomstedt made his conducting debut in 1954 with the Stockholm Philharmonic, after receiving the coveted Koussevitsky Conducting Prize in 1953. Since then, his many conducting appointments include serving as music director of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Danish Radio Symphony, the Swedish Radio Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the North German Radio Symphony and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He has appeared as guest conductor with many of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the NHK Symphony of Tokyo. In addition to being in constant demand as a guest conductor, Dr. Blomstedt has received many honors, including membership in the Royal Musical Academy of Stockholm, where Beethoven was a member, and many honorary doctorates.

Grace Hansen Buell Music Scholarship
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Grace Hansen began violin lessons at the age of seven. At age 16, she entered the American Conservatory of Music and was awarded the Kaiser and Paganini Medals for Violin Performance. Grace’s concert career began when she was 19, when she appeared as a guest soloist at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. Although she traveled on performance tours throughout the United States, she continued to perform for her local church. In 1932, Grace married Dr. Ronald Buell and had one son, Brent. Even at the age of 80 she loved to play and performed for her nephew’s wedding aboard the Queen Mary, docked at Long Beach. Following the wish of Grace and her family, Dr. Buell founded this memorial endowment to assist violin and organ performance majors.

Cafferky String Endowment
The Cafferky String Endowment was originally created with a gift of a Nicola Bergonzi-Cremona 1796 violin from Ronald Cafferky, M.D. Dr. Cafferky later repurchased the violin from the University at the original appraised value to fund the endowment.  Numerous students studying stringed instruments have been blessed by Dr. Cafferky’s love and appreciation of music, and his desire to help students achieve their dreams.

John and Elsie Chan Scholarship
John and Elsie Chan were born in China where they met as classmates in the seventh grade at Sam Yuk Middle School in Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong. They continued their education at Andrews University, were joined in marriage and graduated with degrees in chemistry and medical technology, respectively. John continued at Purdue University where he received Masters and Doctorate degrees in biochemistry. They have four children who are alumni of La Sierra University. Each has studied from among the following instruments: piano, viola, organ, flute, trumpet, percussion and harp. Helen Chan-Young received her Bachelors of Arts, Masters of Arts and Specialist in Education degrees from La Sierra University. Noreen Chan Tompkins completed her pre-pharmacy degree from University of Southern California. Francis received his Bachelors of Business Administration degree from La Sierra University, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Loma Linda University. Celia received her Bachelors of Music Performance degree from La Sierra University, and her Masters degree in Music from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where she is a Doctor of Music candidate in harp performance. Celia has participated in numerous competitions including the Redlands Bowl Competition, American String Teacher’s Association, Anne Adams Award and the U.S.A. International Harp Competition. The Chan family is very grateful to God, the Adventist schools and the community. This award represents in part, the blessings they have received from God, and is given to students in their first four years of study who major in music performance. They must also use their talents to uplift God and La Sierra University.

Barbara A. Favorito Wind and Percussion Studies Scholarship
This fund was established by Dr. Barbara A. Favorito, professor of music, SanDee I. Priser and William and Karen Roche, representing former students who are now La Sierra University and Andrews University alumni. Scholarships will be awarded to assist promising and worthy wind and percussion students in completing a course of study at La Sierra University in the Music Department. Donations to the fund have also been made by other former students to recognize the contributions of Barbara A. Favorito during her more than 30-year career teaching music and conducting. Many alumni have been members of the wind ensembles, bands and orchestras that Dr. Favorito has conducted. They recognize her impact on their lives and her empowerment of students over the years and wish to acknowledge her professional service, competent pedagogy, capable administration and spiritual nurturing.

Florence Elizabeth and Paul Freeman Fober Memorial Student Aid Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide annual assistance to music students from the greater Yucaipa area.

Marcia Specht Guy Memorial Award
This Fund is established by family members Fritz Guy, Lenore P. Lowry, Linda M. Davis, Richard G. Guy, and Susan J. Reeder. As a pre-nursing student at La Sierra, Marcia Specht was an accomplished pianist, having studied with Ralph Pierce and Madame Ethel Leginska. In the spring of 1951 she performed Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto with the La Sierra College Orchestra under the direction of Alfred Walters. Later, as an alumna of La Sierra University and resident in the community, she regularly attended concerts and recitals featuring student performances as long as she was able to do so. The fund has been established as a tangible legacy of her support for student musicians, and to encourage and foster the public performance of classical instrumental music by students at La Sierra University.

John T. Hamilton Scholarship
John T. Hamilton’s father was principal of Auburn Academy and president of Southern Adventist, Columbia Union and Southwestern Adventist Colleges. John T. earned his bachelor and master of music degrees from Northwestern University. He taught at Walla Walla College, Andrews University and Loma Linda University, Riverside, where he was also director of public relations. The John T. Hamilton Chorale that he conducted has performed all over the world. From 1947 to 1962 he was director of choral activities and voice at La Sierra. John T. founded and directed Adventist Colleges Abroad. He was chorus master for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and received the Charles E. Weineger Award at La Sierra’s Homecoming Weekend. This endowment is meant to encourage students to become voice teachers and choral directors within the Adventist educational system.

Wayne and Harriet Hooper Music Scholarship
This Fund is established by Wayne and Harriett Hooper for the purpose of supporting the study and performance of classical and traditional church worship music. Wayne Hooper attended La Sierra from 1938 to 1941, graduating with an Associate Arts degree in music. He has served the Seventh-day Adventist Church for over 65 years in music ministry in performance, composition, and music arrangements. He is, perhaps, the best known Seventh-day Adventist musician of the 20th century. His long association with the Voice of Prophecy and the King’s Heralds quartet produced a unique signature expression in music ministry that is recognized all over the world. His many compositions include We Have This Hope which has been the theme song for world gatherings such as the General Conference Sessions of the Seventhday Adventist Church. Wayne Hooper was instrumental in the development and distribution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church Hymnal (1985) used in Adventist churches around the world today. Wayne and Harriett have a passion for classical and traditional church worship music, which has been evidenced in their personal and professional lives. Recognizing the importance of classical and traditional church music in the life of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it is their desire that the Wayne and Harriet Hooper Music Scholarship support students that have an interest in the study and performance of classical and traditional church music and demonstrate an active involvement in the performance of classical and traditional church music.

Milo and Patricia Loye Organ Scholarship
Mrs. Loye has had an exemplary career of 50 years in organ music, with special emphasis in supporting her church during the weekly worship service. Dr. and Mrs. Loye have seen a decrease in the number of professional organists who are available to help the church; therefore, they established this endowment to recognize skill and talent among organ students and to encourage students to pursue a career in organ performance and serve the church.

Marguerite Marsh Vocal Scholarship
La Sierra College Department of Music class of 1948 graduate Marguerite Marsh has shared her many talents in California and around the world as an accomplished vocalist, Christian counselor and well-traveled medical missionary. She appeared as a featured soloist with several Southern California area symphonies, including the USC Baroque Festival, as staff soloist for the Hollywood Presbyterian Church and at Glendale City Seventhday Adventist Church, where she has been an active member since 1949. Dr. Marsh entered private practice as a Marriage, Family and Child counselor in 1979, completing a thesis on “Church-based Counseling in Southern California” for her doctoral degree in 1986. Her work as co-founder of the Wellness Community-Foothills has received recognition from the Glendale Adventist Medical Center Foundation and City of Pasadena all the way up to the US Congress. Dr. Marsh has established this annual scholarship so that La Sierra University may attract highly talented vocal artists and to create opportunities for young performers who might not otherwise be able to study vocal music at the university level. The award will be given to one to four singers of outstanding potential who are pursuing careers in professional classical singing or as a director/teacher of choral music.

Anita Nørskov Olsen Scholarship
Anita Nørskov Olsen was born in Chicago, Illinois, into a family of prominent musicians and artists as far back as Fra Filippo Lippi, a famous fifteenth century artist. Ms. Olsen’s early piano training began with Elvira Rakos and Renee Engel Lidge at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. She continued her studies with Jean Merlow and Norman Greenwood in London, England; in Princeton, New Jersey, with Mary Boxall Boyd, a student of the famous pedagogue, Theodore Leschetizky; and in Zurich, Switzerland, with Walter Frey. Ms. Olsen holds a Teacher’s degree from the Royal Academy of Music and a Performer’s degree from Trinity College of Music, both in London. She has taught piano in Denmark, England, Switzerland and for 22 years at Loma Linda University, Riverside. She enjoys watching her students get accepted into prominent graduate schools of music and receive the highest awards in renowned music competitions. This scholarship is to assist worthy and talented piano majors.

Alfred Walters Scholarship
Alfred Walters was a much loved teacher who is remembered for his fine violin performance, dedication to art, athleticism and wit. He came to La Sierra College in 1947 and taught until his death in 1972. Professor Walters was untiring in his efforts to promote music, especially string music, on campus and in the community. He never refused to perform for a church or school if given the opportunity. His dream of a summer music camp for secondary school students came true when the Pacific Union Conference Music Camp was organized. “Prof ” would be happy to know that there are students benefiting from the scholarships given in his name who plan to teach music within the Adventist denomination.



Physics Department Scholarship
The physics department faculty saw a pressing need to provide financial assistance and recognition to students within that department. Over time, the faculty has involved alumni and friends in supporting and increasing this scholarship, so that it is now a fully funded endowed scholarship. Each year, current students, as well as numerous alumni, describe the best aspect of their education at La Sierra University as being the personal care and attention they received from faculty members. This endowment exemplifies how the faculty can impact the lives of students.


ichard Christian Nies Scholarship
Richard Christian Nies was a Christian psychologist and devoted family man who integrated the fields of psychology and theology in a practical way. He attended Lynwood Academy and La Sierra College, where he fell in love with Barbara Jane Martin. He spoke often of her in his lectures and classes and did not accept a lecture engagement unless she could accompany him. Richard completed a master’s degree in Biblical Languages at Andrews University in 1952, a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at UCLA in 1964 and a post-doctoral diploma in Clinical Psychology there two years later. Dr. Nies taught at UCLA, Glendale College, East L.A. College and Loma Linda University. He also served as associate chaplain of Glendale Adventist Hospital, worked for the California Department of Mental Hygiene and spent 17 years in private practice. He consistently planned time with his daughter and son, and their friends were always welcome in the home. This endowment is to assist undergraduate psychology majors in careers that integrate theology and psychology.

Social Work

Kristopher B. Cabreira Social Work Scholarship
As a former Social Work student at La Sierra University, Kristopher is aware that some students are trying to work, have a family life and study for their Social Work classes all at the same time. This takes a toll on students financially in the long run. During his two Masters of Business Administration studies, he worked and studied hard, all the time praying that God could bless him so he could find a way to help others in a financial manner. This prayer was answered in the affirmative. As a Seventh-day Adventist and having been raised in the Adventist education system, he understands that Adventist higher education is expensive and that more financial assistance needs to be made available. Kristopher hopes that this fund will be given to a candidate who will become a great social worker and an enabler/advocate for others, as well as a financial giver who will also seek to fulfill other’s dreams.

Kleinert-Rasmussen Scholarship
The Kleinert-Rasmussen Endowed Scholarship was inspired by the lives of Robert and Virginia Kleinert who were committed to excellence in their personal and professional lives and encouraged others to pursue their goals. Virginia Kleinert was a constant pillar of support in her family, combining compassion with integrity, high standards and expectations. Robert Kleinert’s education was interrupted by World War II and the Korean War. In spite of his lack of formal education, he went on to become a successful businessman and used his resources to ensure opportunities that he did not have were available to others. They were generous in supporting education for young people. The founders of the scholarship, daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Thomas Rasmussen wished to pass along a legacy establishing this scholarship to recognize and assist traditional students in the Social Work program that had financial need, showed promise and had a commitment to the values and ethics of the social work profession.

Robert and Virgina Kleinert Scholarship
This scholarship was established to assist in recruiting qualified sophomores or transfer majors to the Social Work Department at La Sierra University.  It is available to students with financial need and who demonstrate promise for success in social work.

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