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Tim Bonnel Memorial Scholarship

February 25, 2022

Timothy Patrick Bonnel Memorial PostcardIn January, the California Community Colleges lost a true champion of higher education access for students.

Timothy Patrick Bonnel died January 26. “Tim” to his colleagues, Bonnel was a long-time student financial aid advocate who worked tirelessly to ensure that all students had access to the benefits of a college education.

In an email to CCC Chief Financial Aid Officers statewide, Dr. Linda Williams, Director of Enrollment Management at Sierra College, described Bonnel as a giant among our community.

“He had a fierce commitment for higher education and financial aid advocacy in so many lasting ways, Williams wrote. “He mentored many of us, legislated for change, and spoke frankly about inequities. He had courage!”

According to the Sacramento Bee, Bonnel’s long term work with the California Student Aid Commission and the CCC Chancellor's Office gave him the opportunity to interact with many financial aid advocacy groups, at the state, regional and national level.

He was also a long time supporter of the CCC systemwide technology projects, advocating for CCCApply, the online college admissions application, and its online California Promise Grant application as managed by the CCC Technology Center. He served in a variety of committee, policy and advisory roles that helped shape these tools to serve students and ensured their ongoing success. He retired from the CCC Chancellor’s Office in 2020.

Bonnel also had a focused interest in serving foster youth. He received special commendation from the California State Senate for his efforts on behalf of the CCC Chancellor's Office in promoting its Foster Youth Success Initiative.

The California Community Colleges Technology Center recognizes the life and work of Tim Bonnel and his major contributions to the higher education students of California.

Please consider supporting his legacy by contributing to the Tim Bonnel Memorial Scholarship benefiting the foster youth students of the California Community Colleges.