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May 05, 2005

Approximately $80,000 in Scholarship Awards to be presented at Gavilan College

WHO: The Gavilan College Educational Foundation and Gavilan College Office of Financial Aid

WHAT: Will award almost $80,000 in scholarships to 119 Gavilan College students. The awards will be presented at the Annual Gavilan College Awards Ceremony. Some of the scholarships are for new students, some for continuing students, and others are for students who are transferring to universities. the total amount represents a $10,000 increase over the total amount awarded last year.

Of special note are two scholarships going to leaders in the Gavilan College student government: Domingo Payne, President of the Associated Student Body, will be the recipient of a U.C. Santa Cruz Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity scholarship. Over the next two years, Domingo will receive $20,000 to complete his undergraduate studies in English Literature at UCSC. Audrey Becerra, Vice President of Events and Activities for the Associated Student Body, will be the recipient of a tuition-paid scholarship to California State University at Monterey Bay. Audrey will continue her studies at CSU Monterey Bay in the social and behavioral sciences.

This event is free, and is open to scholarship donors, scholarship recipients, and their families. Refreshments will be served. There will be no charge for parking.

WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 2005 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: In the Gavilan College Student Center, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy. Th

WHY: As a demonstration of commitment to and belief in students, Gavilan College administers a scholarship program which recognizes and rewards individual merit, leadership, and potential. Although a California Community College education remains one of the most affordable in the nation, many students struggle to pay for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses while they are going to school. Gavilan College students have access to three forms of financial assistance to help them pay for college: loans, need-based grants, and scholarships.

Gavilan College scholarships are provided by community donors through contributions to the Gavilan College Educational Foundation, and awarded through the Gavilan College Office of Financial Aid. Some are established as memorials, others to provide educational access for challenged or underrepresented students. Each scholarship has different criteria, usually determined by the donor.

Scholarships are an important component of the financial aid mix, which also includes grants, work-study jobs, and loans. Scholarships can increase student success by making it possible for students to concentrate on their studies by working fewer hours. Unlike loans, scholarships do not increase a student's debt load after college. Aside from the financial help, scholarships let students know that the community cares about them and values what they are trying to achieve.

To find out how you, your family or business can establish a scholarship, please contact the Gavilan College Educational Foundation at (408) 846-4936. Gavilan College students can get more information about Financial Aid at or by calling (408) 848-4727.


Last modified: August 17, 2011
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