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May 13, 2004

$70,000 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 $70,000 in over100 scholarships to Gavilan College students. The awards will be presented at the Annual Gavilan College Awards Ceremony.

Twelve new scholarships will be awarded this year, contributed by donors including the Gavilan College Educational Foundation, Gavilan College employee groups, and Goldsmith Seeds/Gilroy Rotary. Two awards have been funded in honor of retiring Vice Presidents John Baker and Martin Johnson. The largest single scholarship to be awards is the Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program from UC Santa Cruz, which provides $20,000 over to years.

WHEN: Friday, May 14, 2004 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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

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.

According to the Director of Financial Aid, Audren Morris, scholarships are an important component of the financial aid mix, and can make the difference in whether or not a student can complete his or her studies. Scholarships can increase student success: they make 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) 842-5162. Gavilan College studnets can get more information about Financial Aid at or by calling (408) 848-4727.


A complete list of scholarship donors and recipients will be available after the awards ceremony.

Last modified: August 17, 2011
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