Gavilan Student Awarded $20K UC Santa Cruz Pister Scholarshipby on May 19, 2022
GILROY, CA – Aileen Romero, Associated Students of Gavilan College Region IV Representative, was accepted to UC Santa Cruz and was awarded the $20K Pister Scholarship! The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Scholarship was established in 1993 by former UCSC chancellor Karl S. Pister to increase opportunities for talented community college students who want to transfer to UCSC. The scholarships recognize students who have overcome adverse socioeconomic circumstances, who have a demonstrated commitment to assisting and improving the lives of others, and who might not otherwise be able to attend UCSC for financial reasons.
Candidates are nominated by the presidents of each of the 13 regional community colleges. The nominations are reviewed by the Leadership Opportunity Awards Review Committee, and one student from each college is selected to receive up to $20,000 award ($10,000 awarded for two years).
Aileen Romero joyfully shared:
“I am the second in my family to win the Pister Scholarship and to attend UCSC. I want to say thank you to the community at Gavilan College for all their support, and Si Se Puede!”
Dr. Kathleen Rose, Gavilan’s Superintendent/President, who nominated Aileen stated:
“We are so proud of Aileen for being selected for this scholarship, all her accomplishments, not only academically but especially of her commitment to serving students as the Student Region IV Representative, dedicated to improving mental health awareness, and encouraging students to seek resources.”
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