A new endowment from former UCC board member and Navy veteran Del Blanchard will fund scholarships for Douglas County veterans seeking to return to the workforce.
An endowment to provide scholarships for local veterans has been established by Del Blanchard, a Navy veteran and long-time Myrtle Creek resident. The new Del Blanchard Family Scholarship will provide an ongoing source of scholarships to Umpqua Community College for Douglas County veterans reentering the workforce.
Blanchard joined the US Navy in 1946 at the age of 17 and served aboard three submarines. He was standing wheel-watch as the USS Boarfish became the first submarine to transit under the polar ice cap. Blanchard later attended Oregon State University and, when the Vietnam War started, he entered the USN Ready Reserves, for which he served until he retired at age 57. He retired as a chief petty officer with 20 years of combined service to our nation.
On June 12, the Umpqua Community College Board of Trustees unanimously approved renaming of the Administration Building the Del Blanchard Administration Building. The naming of the building was in honor of Blanchard’s 32 years of service as the elected representative for Zone 5 on UCC’s Board of Trustees.
“Blanchard’s long and distinguished service to the students of UCC is recognized in two endowments for students: the Del and Evelyn Blanchard Endowment Fund for GED students, which is a longstanding scholarship, and the new Del Blanchard Family Endowment for veterans reentering the workforce,” said Dennis O’Neill, UCC Foundation executive director. “It’s an honor to make these available to UCC students and to do something extra for our veterans.”