Investing in the Next Generation

Pioneer Clubs is pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of the Virginia C. Patterson Continuing Education scholarship—Aurora Dolorfino and Rachel Ishak. Each student was awarded $1,000 for their long-term participation in Pioneer Clubs, personal leadership and outstanding academic achievements.


“Growing up I had a desire to help people. I was raised in a Christian household and remember seeing my parents serve in various ministries within our church,” says Aurora. “Being a member, and then leader, of Pioneer Clubs was a great experience that grounded me in my faith and has taught me to appreciate the blessings that come from working with kids.”
Because of her experience in serving kids in Pioneer Clubs, Aurora has a passion to minister to children by starting a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides counseling services to young children and teens. Her goal is to obtain a degree in child development from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, and pursue her passion.

Pioneer Clubs also made an impact in Rachel’s life. “Being able to attend Pioneer Clubs every Monday night and learn about how to live for Christ and be an example is something I will always cherish. The things I learned in club have provided a strong foundation for my faith in Jesus,” she says.


Rachel developed a passionate interest in helping military families and veterans during a visit to her missionary aunt and uncle’s home as a high school freshman. She enjoyed serving at the Christian center near a Marine base in North Carolina where she attended Bible studies and met Marine servicemen and women. Rachel’s interest in the well being of military personnel has led her to pursue a degree in social work at Cairn University in Pennsylvania.

Aurora and Rachel were among many qualified students who applied for the scholarship this year. In addition to these young women, four other students received scholarship awards in smaller amounts. We are thrilled to invest in the lives of these young people to help them reach their God-given potential and continue to faithfully serve Him.

Through the Virginia C. Patterson scholarship, Pioneer Clubs seeks to encourage the next generation of young people to serve both Christ and others with their lives and careers.