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Meet the Class of 2012
As pictured at our Annual Awards Dinner in May


All Photos courtesy of Wentling's Studio

 

We awarded 17 undergraduate scholarships in 2012.
Here they are:

Albert Ambris

John and Sunne McPeak Scholar
Emancipation from foster care brought many challenges for Mr. Ambris. After taking a break, he returned to community college at CCC, retook every class and is now a highly successful student. He has served in several leadership positions at the college and is the founder of a newsletter on sociopolitical issues in Richmond. Mr. Ambris is of Black, Latino and Chirichaua Apache Native American ethnicity.  He will attend the University of California and major in political economy.

 

 

Quwana Bashir

Ms. Bashir enrolled at CCC in 2010 at age 36.  Although she had many challenges prior to returning to college, she never lost sight of her educational goals.  Since her return, she has achieved a 4.0 GPA three consecutive semesters.  Ms. Bashir tutors fellow students in English and math and provides meals and clothing for the homeless.  Her goal is to assist in the healing process in her community as a clinical psychologist/spiritual practitioner.

 

Erik Brown

CalPine Scholar
“You’re always on the move,” most people say about Mr. Brown.  Over the past five years, due to financial necessity, he and his mother have changed addresses “more times than most people have changed light bulbs.”  While a full-time student, he works three jobs to support his mother and himself.  He is a first-generation college student majoring in business administration at LMC and hopes to become an accountant.

 

Alfredo Coronel

Gagen McCoy Scholar
Mr. Coronel is majoring in architecture at DVC where he has a high GPA.  He has worked hard to pay for his education and contribute to his family’s expenses.  He has also been active in the Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization and has worked on various projects to assist low- and moderate-income communities.  He is passionate about education and immigration issues.

 

 

Marisela Garcia

Perfecto Villarreal Scholar
The first in her family to attend college, Ms. Garcia is active in Latina community affairs and a sociology major at LMC with a 3.8 GPA.  She hopes to continue her studies at the University of California, and thereafter seek a master’s degree in public policy.  One of her professors writes that she is in the top 5% because of her incredible work ethic and ability to grasp complex and interdisciplinary ideas in a way seldom seen in students. 

 

 

Veronica
Hernandez

Ms. Hernandez attends CCC and is the first in her family to pursue higher education.  She is a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma honor society, an active member of the Center for Science Excellence, and has won awards for her work in biology.  She plans to transfer to UC Davis to pursue her B.S. degree in biology. After that, she intends to apply to graduate school, get her Ph.D. and conduct biomedical research.

 

David Lopez

Federal Glover Scholar
David Lopez is another first generation college student who works to pay his college expenses and help his family while doing well academically.  He is a political science major at LMC, hopes to continue those studies at the University of California, and has been very active in Latino affairs and student government.   He is interested in working as a city manager and perhaps later going to law school.   

 

Robin Lopez

Phillips 66 Scholar
Mr. Lopez persevered through a rough upbringing. The traumatizing death of his best friend motivated him to seek academic achievement and elevate his life.  A first generation college student who must work to support himself, he is a talented musician, member of the Center for Science Excellence at CCC, and a civil engineering major.  He is vice president of the Alpha Gamma Sigma honor society and is one of the co-founders of the college’s Engineering & Math Club.

 

Guadalupe Martinez

One of Ms. Martinez’s professors describes her as an “extremely hard-working student who strives to be the first in her family to graduate from college …  works 30 hours per week, … never missed a class or assignment … and received the highest grade in [the professor’s] honors critical thinking course.”  She will receive LMC’s highest academic award, the Honors Scholar medal, this May.  She is majoring in psychology and hopes one day to become a lawyer.

 

Jose Martinez

Ed and Gwen Regalia Scholar
A biology major, Mr. Martinez attends DVC and aspires to become a medical doctor.  He learned his hard work ethic while assisting his father in landscaping, painting and masonry work.  He is described as a “hard worker” with “perfect attendance and never late,” and demonstrates “excellent time-management skills and research potential.”  He is a student leader and active in various organizations, including the Puente program and DVC’s Chemistry Club.

 

Gerardo Pacheco-Montalvo

Ron and Diane de Golia Scholar
Mr. Pacheco-Mantalvo is a necessity-driven hard working and innovative entrepreneur, carpenter, tax consultant, and member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  A tae kwon do champion and instructor, he volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and with the IRS helping people with tax preparation.  He is also a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma honor society at DVC, has a 3.9 GPA, and is majoring in business administration, which he intends to further pursue at the University of California.

 

Marta Pastore

Barclay and Sharon Simpson Scholar
Marta Pastore attends both Middle College High School and Contra Costa College.  She will graduate from high school with honors and from CCC with an associate degree this spring.  She will pursue a major in astrophysics upon transferring in the fall.  She is an active tutor for the Metas program, sometimes tutoring groups of 20 students at a time, and also volunteers at the Chabot Space and Science Center as a guide.

 

Kabria Pervoe

Ms. Pervoe had a very difficult and abusive childhood in a single-parent family.  Through it all, she has persevered, and her journey has made her stronger.  She is a full-time student at DVC majoring in psychology, taking 16 units while holding one full-time job and two part-time jobs.  She also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and is a vice president of the Pan African Union.  She hopes to transfer to UC Berkeley or UC Davis in the fall.

 

Paul Rhone

Ralph Griffin Scholar
Mr. Rhone has spoken to many Sickle Cell support groups at hospital seminars, discussing pain management of his disease and the struggles he has overcome.  His purpose is to reach individuals with health issues who feel the same way he did, to let them know they have a variety of choices and suicide is not one of them. They can manage their illness, achieve greatness and see dreams come. 

 

April Romero

Lesher Foundation Scholar
Married and the mother of three, April Romero has faced many obstacles in her life. Yet, she is described as “invariably optimistic and perpetually involved” in numerous school and civic projects to assist children and students with disabilities. She volunteers 60 hours or more each semester while completing her motherly duties and being a full-time student.  She is a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma honor society and has a 3.55 GPA at LMC, where she is majoring in special education.

 

Robert Sanchez

George Miller Scholar
Mr. Sanchez, a single father, grew up in Oakland and witnessed many friends succumb to drugs and violence.  After losing his job of eight years at NUMMI, he enrolled in CCC where he maintains a 4.0 GPA.  He is actively engaged in community work and is involved with youth at his church.  He will pursue a degree in sociology at UC Berkeley.

 

Brandy Wilson


Ms. Wilson attends CCC, where she is majoring in criminal justice, a subject she hopes to pursue this fall at Cal State Easy Bay.  After that, she intends to attend a police academy to become a police officer.   Her desire is to make a positive difference in people’s lives by helping youth and providing a stable home for her young son and herself. 

 

 

 

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