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May 25, 2009


Peggy Cartwright
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

For Immediate Release


The Chaffey College Associated Students and office of student activities held the annual scholarship award ceremony presenting $125,000 to outstanding Chaffey College students. This year, 96 individuals were recognized for their academic achievements and service to the college.

Award recipients received scholarships from $1,000 to $2,000. This year two new scholarships were presented including the ASCC Outstanding Student Veteran and ASCC Outstanding International Student.

Of the 25 award categories, two received the most applications: ASCC Overcoming Obstacles received 182 submissions and ASCC Keys to Success had 172 submissions. Each and every student has an amazing story and is an inspiration. A few of the outstanding students recognized this year include:

Alejandra Gomar is a mother that manages school, work and raising a family. She received the First Generation Scholarship. Alejandra enrolled in Chaffey with a desire to improve her English skills. She graduated this May with honors. She has inspired her siblings to strive for a college education; both she and her younger sister are transferring in the fall to California State University, San Bernardino.

Rosalba Arreguin is the 14th of 15 children and is the first in her family to attend college. She works two jobs while attending Chaffey and has completed her Certified Nursing Assistant and Acute Care Technician Certificate. She has just started the VN program at the Chino Campus and is proud of her 3.43 GPA. Rosalba earned the ASCC Working Student Award.

Eddie Sanchez, a single parent, came to Chaffey to provide a better life for himself and his son. He was recognized as the ASCC Promising New Student scholarship with a 3.47 GPA. He is in the Puente Program and after completing his AA plans to transfer to Pitzer College or the University of La Verne.

Jason Akinfolarin is a 2009 Chaffey College graduate who is excited about being accepted into UCLA. He received the first ASCC Transfer Award Scholarship. He stated that Chaffey has been an excellent social, intellectual, and academic network and hopes UCLA will provide the same experiences. He looks forward to making a difference politically and socially in other's lives. Jason was the first recipient of the ASCC Transfer Award.

Many of the scholarship recipients participated in this college's commencement ceremony, held on May 21, 2009 on Grigsby Field.

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