Cerritos College Student Volunteers Receive Cheryl A. Epple Memorial Scholarship
For Immediate Release: December 18, 2007
Media Contact: Allison Abel, Public Affairs; (562) 860-2451, ext. 2287
NORWALK, CA – December 18, 2007 – The Cerritos College Foundation, at its November meeting, awarded the Cheryl A. Epple Memorial Scholarship to three student volunteers who live as models of volunteerism and service to their school and community. Each student received a check for $1,000.
Foundation board member and Cerritos College trustee Tom Jackson presented the $1,000 scholarships honoring the late Cheryl A. Epple, a former Cerritos College trustee, to Melissa Freeland, Sandra Mardonovich and Marie Marroquin.
The scholarship was created by Cerritos College Board of Trustees member Bob Epple and his family, to honor students who, like Cheryl, are committed to service in the community.
Melissa Freeland, of Bellflower, is a sophomore at Cerritos College and is studying film. She plans to transfer next fall to continue her studies at a university such as UCLA or Chapman. Freeland has volunteered at the Bellflower Brakensiek Library, working with children during the library’s summer reading program. She also has worked with the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Restoration Project, helping to reintroduce native plant species to the area.
Sandra Mardonovich, of Anaheim, provides free tutoring for students at Cerritos College. She has been involved in student government, and also volunteers at on-campus blood drives. Finally, she gives her time helping at free community health fairs. A biology major, Mardonovich would like to transfer to UC Berkeley or UC Davis, and is considering a career in dentistry.
Marie Marroquin, of Pico Rivera, is working toward a degree in biochemistry and hopes to transfer to UCI or UCLA. She plans to become a physician specializing in endocrinology. Marroquin has volunteered her time as a math tutor for the Disabled Student Programs and Services at Cerritos College. She has participated in weekend health fairs put on by Project HOPE and CVS Pharmacy, and also volunteers in church activities and at her children’s school.
The Cerritos College Foundation, a non-profit organization, serves as a charitable vehicle for the community, individuals and alumni, to assist with financial support of Cerritos College beyond that which state funding supports. Visit the Foundation online at www.cerritos.edu/ccf.
Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently surpasses 20,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at www.cerritos.edu.