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.
Miramar College alumnus Dr. Adolfo Gonzales, Chief, Bureau of Investigation, San Diego County District Attorney, has been selected as one of only five 2013 Distinguished Alumni statewide to be recognized by the Community College League of California (CCLC).
Gonzales spent 26 years in the San Diego PD, and then served as National City Police Department Chief for nine years prior to becoming Chief of the Bureau of Investigation for the San Diego County District Attorney. Dr. Gonzales is in great company. In 2006, then San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, also a Miramar College alumnus, received the state award. In the history of the awards, two of the three SDCCD alumni who have been named CCLC Distinguished Alumni hail from Miramar College.
In a unique spin of the annual Distinguished Alumni program, the Miramar College Foundation is pleased to announce two recipients for 2014 honors – Miramar faculty Sean Bowers and Dr. Rebecca Bowers-Gentry. The Bowers siblings were born and raised in the Mira Mesa community, graduated from Mira Mesa High School, Miramar College, and universities 2,000 miles apart. They pursued very different careers, married and started families. Little did they know that one day they’d both return “home” to work side-by-side at their community college alma mater.
In 2006, professional soccer super star Sean Bowers joined the Miramar College faculty and helped launch the first women’s soccer program in college history. In the last seven years, head coach Bowers has led the lady Jets to undefeated seasons, four straight Pacific Coast Athletics Conference (PCAC) championships, and the program to a #6 ranking nationwide.
Baby sister Rebecca Bowers-Gentry also joined the Miramar contract faculty in 2006 and established her own successful record in biotechnology. After receiving her PhD in cellular/molecular biology from the University of Colorado, Dr. Bowers joined the research team at UCSD, where she realized she preferred the student contact that teaching provided. She organizes the Miramar Science Department’s Science popular “Fun for Kids 9 to 99” community activity every March as part of San Diego Science Month and coordinates multiple, week-long S2 Summer Science Enrichment Camps for middle-schoolers, sponsored by the Southern California Biotechnology Center (SCBC) at Miramar College.
Miramar’s dynamic duo will be presented with 2014 Distinguished Alum awards by Miramar College Foundation President Marty Hight at graduation on Friday, May 16, where they will also serve as Commencement speakers.