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Michelle's Place announces 2018 scholarship recipients


Last updated 7/5/2018 at 5:50pm


Kim Gerrish, left, the executive director of Michelle's Place Breast Cancer Resource Center, and Marilyn Watson, far right, founder of Michelle's Place, award Ashley McMullen, Alyssa Landon, Marissa Richter and Tristan Kinney with scholarships.

TEMECULA – Michelle's Place Breast Cancer Resource Center announced the two recipients of the Patricia Deroeux Scholarship and the three recipients of the Michelle's Place Scholarship, with $7,000 given toward continuing education in 2018.

Ashley McMullen, a college student at San Diego State University, and Alyssa Landon, a college student at the University of Denver, are the recipients of the Patricia Deroeux Scholarship, which is given on behalf of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce and special contributor Deron Johnson. The scholarship promotes education by rewarding $2,000 annually to students under 25 years old who are enrolled in college at full-time status. Students must be a resident in Temecula who need financial assistance for educational purposes and have lost a parent due to cancer.

"I am so incredibly grateful to have been given this opportunity," McMullen said. "I will now be able to focus on school and cut back on hours at work, and my dad won't have to worry about supporting me as much. This is especially important to me because my two younger twin siblings will be going to college next year, and my dad will be putting three kids through college."

McMullen experienced the loss of her mother to brain cancer when she was 16 years old. She is pursuing an education in criminal justice and political science. She plans to continue on to law school after she graduates next year.

Landon experienced the loss of her mother after battling stage 4 breast cancer. She is pursuing a degree in hospitality management with a minor focus in French and communications.

"I am so excited about all of the opportunities in front of me, and I am passionate about taking advantage of all of them," Landon said.

The Michelle's Place Scholarship, which is provided by the Temecula Valley Women's Club, has been awarded to Marissa Richter, Tristan Kinney and Rachel Mershon.

Richter, a student at California State University San Marcos, is pursuing a degree in biological sciences and plans to become a physician's assistant. Kinney recently graduated from Murrieta Mesa High School and aspires to join the software mega hubs in Silicon Valley or work with NASA in robotics.

Mershon is pursuing a degree in nutrition studies at California State Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo after her mother's breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The three recipients of the Michelle's Place scholarship will receive $1,000 each for continuing education. The scholarship is offered to individuals whose families have been impacted by cancer in some way or have a family member affected by cancer and must utilize the scholarship funds for higher education purposes.

Michelle's Place offers these scholarships annually. For more information on Michelle's Place scholarship opportunities, visit or email [email protected]

Michelle's Place is a full-service breast cancer resource center providing free resources to women and their families dealing with breast cancer. To learn more about Michelle's Place, visit or call (951) 699-5455.


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