ssacSan Bruno, California – May 13, 2020 – Financial scholarships were awarded to over 280 Skyline College students on Thursday, May 7, 2019 through an email and website announcement including a congratulatory video from Interim President Dr. Jannett Jackson in lieu of the in-person award ceremony. Skyline College students were virtually presented with 255 awards totaling more than $189,000 in scholarship funds thanks to community support.

The prestigious Karl S. Pister scholarship was also awarded on May 7, 2020 to Skyline College student Pearl Ibeanusi who will complete her undergraduate studies at University of California, Santa Cruz. Ms. Ibeanusi is a leader on campus, holding the position of president of the Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC). The scholarship awarded provides $20,000 over two years, and assistance in securing additional funding, to a transfer-eligible student who shows exceptional achievement despite adverse socio-economic status, has demonstrated commitment to assisting and improving the lives of others, and would not otherwise be able to attend the University of California, Santa Cruz due to financial need. This highly competitive scholarship is awarded to only 13 students nationwide.

“Taking a minute to recognize the achievements of students is truly an honor for me as Interim President of Skyline College. We are proud to provide over 250 scholarships this year, thanks to the generosity of the San Mateo County Community Colleges foundation and donors from the community, including many college faculty and staff. For many students, these scholarships make a significant difference in their ability to graduate,” said Jannett Jackson, Ph.D., Interim President of Skyline College.

Many of the scholarships students received are generous donations from the community secured through the fundraising efforts of the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to promote student success and to nourish program innovation and excellence by providing special financial support for the District’s three colleges including Skyline College. For more information, on the Foundation’s scholarship program or to donate to Skyline College, please contact the San Mateo Community College District Foundation at (650) 358-6871.

Article by Cherie Colin

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