Just over $271,000.00 was awarded to San Diego Miramar College students this academic year. In 2015, the Miramar College Foundation awarded 41 scholarships to 166 recipients totaling $74,300.00. An additional 58 external awards, totaling $196,860.00, were earned bringing the grand total to $271,160.00.
“It was wonderful to see over 200 people attend this year’s Scholar Fest event,” said Dr. Patricia Hsieh, president of Miramar College. “Thanks to the generous support of the Miramar College Foundation, staff, faculty, community partners, the San Diego Community College District, and Board of Trustees, we are able to impact the lives of the brightest minds who attend Miramar College.”
Jocelyn-Marie Felicano was awarded 6 scholarships, plus a Wells Fargo Bank book grant. Randall Dexter was awarded 4 scholarships.
A month after Scholar Fest, Miramar College student Colin Skinner was awarded a 2015 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The 30-year old is one of 90 community college students from across the country to win this honor. The scholarship is for up to $40,000.00 per year and is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses-including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees-for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree at a 4-year college or university.
“When I first came to Miramar I was aimless,” said Skinner at surprise ceremony held in his honor. “This place gave me so much hope. I never imagined this day would happen four years ago when I started here. Now, to be one of the 90 chosen from a group of just over 2,000 applicants is pretty amazing. It’s a lot to compute right now.”
Skinner is a 4.0 student at Miramar College. He will graduate on May 15 with three associate degrees (Chemistry Studies, Pre-Engineering Studies and Mathematics).
Skinner has spent most of his life in San Diego, but attended high school in Yokosuka, Japan before dropping out as a junior. Recently he was named All-California Community College Academic 2nd Team by Phi Theta Kappa of which he is the vice president of the San Diego Miramar College chapter.
This fall, Skinner will transfer to the University of California to complete his bachelor’s degree. His goal is to pursue a Ph.D. at Stanford and work as a biomedical research engineer in hopes of finding a cure for the neuro disease Charcot-Marie-Tooth which he has suffered from since birth.