Thursday, April 16, 2015

Gavilan College students receive $112,000 in scholarships

On May 8, 2015, The Gavilan College Education Foundation and Gavilan College Office of Financial Aid awarded $112,000 in scholarships to Gavilan College students. In total, 105 awards were given. Some awards are designated for specific fields of study, while others are more general. 

The largest award, presented annually, was the Karl S. Pister Leadership Award of $20,000 over two years for a student who will be transferring to U.C. Santa Cruz in the fall. This year the winner of the award is English major Celina Rose Gutierrez. Gutierrez, a re-entry student and parent, has served the Gavilan College community as an assistant in the Writing Center. In the community, she has volunteered with El Teatro Campesino and the nonprofit organization Andariegas. Her English instructor, Karen Warren, described her as as "one of those students who is committed to using her knowledge and skills to make a difference, not only in her own life but also to change the community she cares so deeply about" and added that Celina is "one of the most intelligent, determined, hard-working and positive students I have worked with."

 In her personal statement, Celina wrote: "This scholarship would allow me to fulfill my goals of completing my education and obtaining my Bachelor's degree to ultimately be a better provider for my family....I know that going back to school is the right choice for me and I am immensely proud of my academic achievements...this scholarship will be a lifeline for me and my family."

 A new scholarship was offered this year as well, the Eunice J. Picetti Memorial Scholarship, which was awarded to twelve students. The fund is a result of the largest bequest ever left to Gavilan College: $190,000 from the estate of Fulton Picetti, a 1936 graduate of San Benito Junior College to create a scholarship fund in his sister's name. Picetti was a Hollister resident who transferred form San Benito Junior College to Stanford, where he earned a B.A. in Economics. He served as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army and was an owner of Picetti and Anderson Insurance Agency.

 Scholarships are awarded through the Gavilan College Office of Financial Aid. For scholarship applications and more information about creating scholarships, go to 

 --- Click For Complete list of Gavilan College 2015-16 Scholarships and Recipients

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Employees of the Month - Veronica Martinez and Joannie Benevento

At their February meeting, the Gavilan College Board of Trustees recognized Employees of the Month for January and February. Pictured here, Director of Financial Aid Veronica Martinez accepts the award from Board Chair Walt Glines, Vice President of Student Services Kathleen Moberg, and Vice Resident of Administrative Services Fred Harris. Also recognized but not present was Mailroom employee Joannie Benevento.

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