More than $300,000 awarded to City College students

Angela Calderon

More than $300,000 were awarded in scholarships to San Diego City College students on April 27 at the Prado restaurant in Balboa Park.

More than 400 students were awarded scholarships for their academic achievements to assist them with their educational careers, goals and contributions to academic expenses.

The San Diego City College Foundation and the Office of Student Affairs offer scholarships to qualified students attending San Diego City College.

City College student Alejandra Martinez was awarded the William Trowbridge Scholarship, which is awarded to students majoring in Engineering, Chemistry, Biology or Physics.

“I am saving it for a four-year institution,” Martinez said. “I want to transfer to NYU and obtain a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.”

Shay Kellough Rockett, who is studying biology to become a surgeon, was awarded the Friends of Downtown, Osher and Edward Roach scholarships.

“Some is going into my savings for when I transfer,” Rockett said. “The rest will be for bills since I don’t work as much during the semester.”

The scholarships are contributions from City College’s staff and faculty and supporters throughout the San Diego community.

Fifty-one scholarship categories, such as the Dr. Arthur Jackson Memorial Counseling Department, a scholarship for students pursing degrees in behavioral science or teaching; the Mary Louise Jannoch Scholarship, awarded to students planning to transfer to a four-year institution majoring in biology; and the Honors Book Award, funds to help pay for books and additional educational expenses, were awarded this year to students.

The SDCC Foundation encourages students with a history of academic success and students who have renewed their commitment to education to apply.

The scholarship list comes out every fall semester and is posted on City College’s website.

Students must be enrolled at City College during the fall semester when the scholarship list is posted, and plan to be enrolled during the following spring semester to apply.

Additional information and requirements on each application such as letters of recommendation and essays are required as well.

The luncheon was closed with words of wisdom to the recipients by ceremony host, Jim Mahler, who is president of the San Diego chapter of the American Federation of Teachers guild.

“You have it and don’t stop now,” Mahler said.

For more information on this event and scholarship opportunities, visit sdcity.edu/scholarships.