FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PORTERVILLE, Calif. – (April 23, 2018) – Speeches were given, pictures were taken and lives were changed Friday night at the 49th Annual Academic Scholarship and Awards Ceremony at Porterville College.
Inside a packed PC gymnasium, 148 individual scholarships and awards totaling $155,400 were presented to 100 PC students. The scholarships and awards are made possible by donations made to the Porterville College Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the college.
“This is a monumental day in which all of your hard work has brought you to the point of being recognized as the best in your fields of study,” Kern Community College District Chancellor Tom Burke told the students before the scholarships and awards were presented. “As you move forward in the next phase of your education and/or career, remember, education is not like filling a pail but like lighting a fire. Explore, discover, dream.”
A rigorous process is followed to select each year’s scholarship and award recipients.
Each scholarship and award application is scored by every member of the PC scholarship committee, which consists of the Foundation Executive Director, one faculty member from each division at the college, a classified employee and the Director of Financial Aid. Points are allocated based on the following categories: the applicant’s grade point average, academic evaluation, financial need, activities (if applicable) and references.
The scholarship committee then meets to consider the criteria for each scholarship and award. The criteria are established by each of the 100 donors and may include all or a combination of the following: GPA or academic achievement; whether the student is continuing at PC, graduating and/or transferring to another college; specific or recommended major course of study named by the donor; financial need; activities at PC or in the community (if applicable); and unique, donor-defined specifics.
Students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible for scholarships while those with a GPA of 2.5 or above are eligible for awards.
“I speak on behalf of the entire PC family when I say I am so proud of all these students and what they have accomplished,” PC interim President Bill Henry said. “Their recognition is well-deserved. The sky is the limit for them.”
Any questions about this event can be directed to Alex Schultz, who can be reached at (559) 791-2209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.