The Rogue Community College Foundation presented its 2011 outstanding alumni award to Rene McKenzie on Wednesday night at Crater High School in a ceremony that also celebrated the foundation's work providing more than $520,000 in scholarships to more than 400 students.

The Rogue Community College Foundation presented its 2011 outstanding alumni award to Rene McKenzie on Wednesday night at Crater High School in a ceremony that also celebrated the foundation's work providing more than $520,000 in scholarships to more than 400 students.

The 31st Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony.

Scholarships ranged from $500 to $3,500 with an average award of $1,300, foundation officials said.

McKenzie started her college studies while a single mother. With the support of the RCC Moving On program, she went from student to student worker to RCC employee in just one year. She was a 1992 Phi Theta Kappa and magna cum laude RCC graduate. While working full time and raising her daughter, McKenzie completed a two-year degree at RCC and then transferred to Northwest Christian College to complete a bachelor's degree. She went on to Oregon State University where she earned a master's degree in education. She has recently completed the coursework for her doctorate in community college leadership and is working on her dissertation.

McKenzie was the first director of RCC's TRiO Student Support Services and is currently the director of student programs. Her past awards include Woman of the Year in Oregon Community Colleges, American Association of University Women Top Scholar, and OSU College of Education Scholarship.