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May 12, 2008

Gavilan College Students Awarded More Than $119,000 in Scholarships

This year 176 Gavilan College students have been awarded a combined total of $119,450.00 in scholarship money from the Gavilan College Education Foundation, UC Santa Cruz, CSU Monterey Bay and private scholarships.

One of these talented students is Frances Soto, the recipient of the prestigious Karl S. Pister Leadership Award from the University of California Santa Cruz. She was chosen as one of the most promising transfer students who will be attending UCSC, and will receive $10,000 a year, for two years, for a total of $20,000.

Candidates for the Karl S. Pister Leadership Award were nominated by the presidents of each of 13 regional community colleges, and recipients were selected by the UCSC chancellor in consultation with the Leadership Opportunity Awards Program Screening Committee.

As a re-entry student at Gavilan College, Frances has been on the President's List and has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 after completing six semesters. Other accomplishments include volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, helping to build homes for low-income families in Alviso, as well as raising a family as a single parent while working full time.

Frances will be majoring in legal studies at UC Santa Cruz in the fall and plans on giving back to the community by providing pro bono legal services to underrepresented groups in the area. Soto states, "It is sad to see people who are unable to understand legal documents. Not only because they can be very complex and confusing, but because they cannot read them or do no understand their legal rights. Plus they are too poor to pay an attorney to help them interpret the information. I see this basic need here in Hollister and wish I could help out right now."

Frances plans on giving back to the community, after she graduates from UC Santa Cruz.

The Gavilan College 2008 Scholarship Ceremony will be held Friday, May 9, 2008 from 6pm to 8pm in the Gavilan College Student Center, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy, 95020.

For more information, please contact Veronica Martinez at (408) 848-4725.

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