May 14, 2021 – The Eastern Sierra Foundation honored Dr. Nickoline Hathaway yesterday with a tile placed along the Pioneer Pathway at Cerro Coso Community College’s Bishop Campus. Dr. Hathaway, who retired earlier this month after 35 years of patient care from Northern Inyo Hospital, was recognized for her generous contributions to the Eastern Sierra Foundation. Through donations from community organizations and local residents, the ESF awards full scholarships to any Inyo County resident who attends Cerro Coso’s Bishop Campus full time. Since 2003, the ESF has awarded approximately 1,400 scholarships worth nearly $1.4 million. The Pioneer Pathway – the entrance to the Bishop Campus –celebrates major donors with one-of-a-kind tiles. Ceramics Professor Theresa Otto designed and created the tile presented to Dr. Hathaway.
Dr. Hathaway said, “Without the help of scholarships, I wouldn’t have been able to get through college, so this contribution in my name is near and dear to my heart.”
Jeff Griffiths, past president of ESF gave a little background on how the Eastern Sierra Foundation was created to help construct the Cerro Coso Community College in Bishop. Today, applications for Summer and Fall 2021 ESF Scholarships are currently available at For more information call (760)972-5300 or visit