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Cerritos College Foundation awards student scholarships


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NORWALK, Calif. - May 27, 2011 -- The Cerritos College Foundation awarded four student scholarships during its board meeting on Thursday, May 19.Steve Richardson with scholarship recipient, Wendy Solorio.

Wendy Solorio, of Paramount, received the $400 Albert Ostroff Scholarship. The scholarship was established by former Instructional Dean of Humanities/Social Sciences Francine De France, in memory of her father Albert Ostroff and is awarded to outstanding transfer-bound students.

The $500 Broderick/Commeford Scholarship was presented to Aaron Montes and Vanchakriya Sy. Established by the late Cerritos College reading professor, Dr. William Broderick, and named in memory of Broderick and his father-in-law, the scholarship assists developmental students in their educational pursuits.

The Alice Wang Scholarship, an award of $500 each, was presented to Claudia Chavez of Downey, Maria Santos of Bellflower, and Kimberley Salazar of Norwalk. Established by J.P. Wang, Foundation board member and owner of GST, in honor of his wife Alice Wang, the scholarship recognizes a single mother majoring in child development.

Steve Richardson and JP Wang with scholarship recipient, Claudia Gonzalez.Students Jean Paul Nirere and Luis Ong were each presented the $500 Ray Haugh Scholarship. Established by the La Mirada Youth Foundation, the scholarship is awarded to La Mirada residents who attend Cerritos College and plan to enter the workforce upon completion of their occupational/vocational studies.


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. Visit the Foundation online at

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 averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at