Wednesday, June 5, 2024

The Community College League of California (League) is pleased to announce the 11 students who will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to support their academic pursuits. The College for All Californians Scholarship award is funded by the proceeds from the 2021 book "A College for All Californians: A History of the California Community Colleges," co-edited by League President & CEO Larry A. Galizio, Ph.D. and George R. Boggs, Ph.D., president and CEO Emeritus of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and superintendent/president emeritus of Palomar College.

Scholarship recipients include:

  • Hector Barrios, College of Marin
  • Anastasia Berezina, West Valley College
  • Lehli Burke, Mira Costa College
  • Jesus Espinosa, Los Angeles Trade Technical College
  • Kalisha Gomez, Riverside City College
  • Lisa Gonzalez, Glendale Community College
  • Vanessa Hailey, Golden West College
  • Norma Leyva, Los Medanos College
  • Bianca Lindahl, Cabrillo College
  • David Pena, Sierra College
  • Katelynn Xiong, Fresno City College

"It is fitting that the royalties from a book about the history of California’s community colleges should help support students,” said Boggs, who is also the chair, Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors.  “Their learning and development are the reasons our colleges have evolved to become the colleges of opportunity in California."

The winners were among more than 2,300 applicants from community colleges throughout the state, with one student selected from each college geographical area.

“This small investment in these 11 students’ future is an investment in the history of California community colleges,” said Galizio. “George and I wanted to make sure that this impact reached across the state and for students in any program or stage of their educational journey.”

Eligibility criteria included California residency, with current enrollment at any California Community College in at least six units, with a minimum overall 2.0 GPA, and at employment of least 10 hours per week. Applicants also provided brief responses to prompts about their plans for the future, how the scholarship would assist their educational plans, and how community college helped them or their family.

"Congratulations to the winners, students who have been judged worthy to receive this recognition,” said Boggs. “Of course, I wish we could have been able to grant more, but for many community college students, $1,000 can make a significant difference."