2018 PYCBO - Cherie Schenck

Cherie Schenk Project Self-Sufficiency

"As president of Project Self-Sufficiency, Cherie and her team help to reduce many burdens student-parents face, such as childcare, transportation, housing and scholarships."

Being resourceful is a very positive character trait. It is essential to problem-solving and helps ensure that the job is done...and done right. But when you find a resourceful person using this gift to effect positive change, the end result is something truly inspiring.

Meet Cherie Schenck, a multi-talented woman who uses her organizational, technological and grant writing talents to help low income, single-parent students with young children achieve economic independence through education and personal development.

As president of Project Self-Sufficiency, Cherie and her team help to reduce many burdens student-parents face, such as childcare, transportation, housing and scholarships. Since its inception, the organization has helped more than 750 people graduate college and achieve economic independence.

Formerly a program run by the City of Huntington Beach, Cherie spearheaded the effort to make Project Self-Sufficiency a fully operational nonprofit organization through her leadership and fundraising efforts. PSS now employs a staff of three, occupies an office suite in the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living in Newport Beach and has increased its case load.

For many single parents, completing college and raising children can be overwhelming. Cherie and her growing organization are there to provide crucial support that makes this seemingly impossible dream an inspiring reality.

Farmers & Merchants Bank has been proudly doing business with Cherie Schenck for 1 year.