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Greyson Back & Robyn Martin

Foundation specialist Robyn Martin enjoys helping students

RCC Foundation scholarship coordinator Robyn Martin came to the college a little over two years ago, working initially with Community Education before joining the foundation staff.

One of her previous jobs had been helping younger students prepare and plan for college. Now she’s helping the RCC Foundation help make their educational dreams come true.

Martin earned a bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in criminal justice at the University of Nevada-Reno. She has worked in the juvenile justice field, at Southern Oregon Adolescent Study and Treatment Center, and for the College Dreams program.

“I get so much joy out of being a part of helping students reach their goals through the support of scholarships,” Martin said. “There is nothing better than receiving a ‘thank you’ note from a student who tells you that because of the RCC Foundation, they were able to achieve their dream of getting their degree and working in their chosen field.”

Greyson Back, a student worker in the foundation office, says Martin has been a mentor.

“Robyn has shown me the ropes in so many ways,” he explained. “She’s helped me with my job, RCC scholarships and being a worker. Whenever I have a question, she’s helped me. It’s a wonderful learning experience here.”

HVHS graduate couldn’t pass up RCC’s merit scholarship

As he drew near to graduation from Hidden Valley High School last June, Greyson Back was already leaning strongly toward attending Rogue Community College. A new RCC scholarship that honors outstanding high school graduates sealed the deal.

Back’s older sister Destiny had attended Rogue for two years.

“She told me about all her great experiences, so I was planning on RCC,” Back said. “ Then I heard about Rogue Ambassadors at a scholarship and financial aid meeting. I said ‘That’s me!’ The program definitely solidified my idea of attending RCC. I mean, how could you pass it up?”

Rogue Ambassadors is a merit scholarship designed to reward high school students for academic achievements by paying half of RCC tuition (up to 9 credits) in the first year and full tuition in the second year. Participants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or better and complete a 1-credit leadership and community service class the first year.

Back, who was homeschooled until junior high, earned a 4.0 GPA at HVHS. By taking 2+2 Early College credits and advance placement classes in high school, he earned 31 college credits, which meant starting RCC with about two terms of college under his belt. Now he is among the first class of Rogue Ambassadors.

“Back in high school I learned about science and math but not so much about life skills,” Back said. “The Ambassadors seminar is actually teaching us extremely interesting and valuable skills we can use in life.”

Back has a part-time job working for the RCC Foundation.

“I get experience to put on my resume, and it’s an excellent way to network and make connections,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier, and I get to help people get scholarships.”

Robyn Martin, RCC Foundation scholarship coordinator, serves as Back’s mentor.

“Robyn has shown me the ropes in so many ways,” Back said. “She’s helped me with my job, RCC scholarships and being a worker. Whenever I have a question, she’s helped me. It’s a wonderful learning experience here.”

Back plans to transfer to Southern Oregon University, take pre-med classes, and then attend Oregon Health & Science University to become an emergency room doctor or general practitioner.

“I already feel like I’m a part of RCC,” Back said. “Everyone is very supportive, and I’m glad for the opportunities – I absolutely recommend it.”

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