Compton College students honored at ceremony

Compton College held its annual Academic Awards and Scholarship Ceremony on May 24 and recognized the academic achievements of 209 honor students (3.5 or higher GPA), five Presidential Scholars, and 21 scholarship recipients. Scholarships awarded to the students totaled $39,000.

The 2023 Presidential Scholars are Bryan Benitez, Adrian Lopez, Tiffany Perez, Shyanne Bradley, and Tiffany Arellano. Presidential Scholars represent students who have shown academic strength, singular focus, and the desire to reach their highest potential while overcoming obstacles in the pursuit of their dreams.

The Presidential Scholar program recognizes outstanding students who are graduating with a 3.7 grade point average or higher. The 2023 Presidential Scholars each received a check for $2,000 and a medallion.

“In addition to Compton College offering state and federal Financial Aid that many students are eligible to receive, the Foundation for the Compton Community College District annually awards scholarships to students to help finance college attendance,” said Compton College President Keith Curry. “In the past five years, the Foundation has awarded more than $170,000 in scholarships to Compton College students. We encourage all students to apply for scholarships during their first year at Compton College.”

            Scholarships are beneficial to students trying to offset the cost of a college education. Scholarships do not need to be paid back and are awarded based on specific qualifications, talents, or merit often without regard to financial need. Current Compton College students may apply online for multiple scholarships with just one application. The annual scholarship application period is usually from the beginning of October through the end of February of the following year.

            “We are proud of Compton College’s numerous 2023 student scholars who have worked hard for these academic achievements,” said Barbara Calhoun, Compton Community College District Board of Trustees president. “The Board is extremely grateful for the generous donations the Foundation for the Compton Community College District receives each year from businesses, organizations, and individuals in our surrounding communities to enable the funding of these scholarships for students, many of whom face financial barriers to obtaining a college education.”

            Compton College offers scholarships to students across all academic disciplines and 24 categories, including students working toward a certificate in Career Education programs, Dream Act students, Formerly Incarcerated Students in Transition (F.I.S.T.) program participants, first generation students, women re-entering college, and more.

Students who are already receiving benefits through the state-funded Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) programs may also apply for a scholarship.

Photo caption: Compton College’s 2023 Presidential Scholars were awarded their certificates of Outstanding Academic Merit at the annual Academic Awards and Scholarship Ceremony. Pictured, left to right, Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Sheri Berger, Presidential Scholars Tiffany Perez, Bryan Benitez, Tiffany Arellano, Shyanne Bradley, and President/CEO Dr. Keith Curry.

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