Campus Connection - August 18, 2014

Students Receive Scholarships Awards

Three Scholarships Presented by the College Trustees

Dr. Linda Lacy and Tera LimThree student scholarships were presented at a recent Cerritos College Board of Trustees meeting.

Tera Lim of Long Beach received the $500 Perez-Medrano Scholarship which was established in memory of Joe Medrano, father of Cerritos College Board of Trustees Secretary Marisa Perez. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding female students who major in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field.

Tera is a first-generation college student pursuing her degree in computer science. She currently works as the only female tutor in the College's computer science lab and looks forward to transferring to California State University, Long Beach next fall. Tera would like to become a software developer.

Dr. Sandra Salazar and Annie AyalaAnnie Ayala of La Puente and Daniel Jaramillo of Bellflower accepted a $250 award from the Dr. Sandra Salazar STEM Scholarship, established by Cerritos College Board of Trustees Vice President Dr. Sandra Salazar.

Annie is a first-generation college student who has just completed her first year in the order to demonstrate the importance of a college education for her children. Annie plans on transferring to California State University, Los Angeles next year and would like to explore career possibilities involving information technology and nursing.

Biology major Daniel Jaramillo is the first in his family to attend college. He is determined to start fresh with college after struggling through high school. Daniel is off to a great start, having made the Dean's List every semester. After the premature death of his father due to heart disease, Daniel aspires to become a doctor. He plans to transfer next fall to complete his bachelor's degree and enroll in medical school with a specialty in pediatrics.

Dr. Shin Liu and John ContiThe Foundation also presented a scholarship from Trustee Dr. Shin Liu. The $500 Dr. Shin Liu International Student Leadership Award was presented to John Conti of Bellflower. Established in 2013, the scholarship recognizes outstanding international students who are actively involved on campus.

John is an international student from the island of Saipan in the South Pacific. He has always had a passion for music, but was pursuing a career in nursing to make his parents proud. After earning his A.A. in natural science, he decided to audition for the Applied Music program, took private guitar lessons, and was encouraged to give a career in music a try by his instructors and his parents. John will be attending California State University, Long Beach in the fall.

The Campus Connection - August 18, 2014