More Than $500,000 Awarded at Allan Hancock College Foundation Scholarship Banquet

Hundreds of students, their families, and donors attended the annual event

AHC Foundation Scholarship BanquetMAY 24, 2019--Students and donors received celebrity treatment during a star-studded evening in the Joe White Memorial Gymnasium at the Allan Hancock College Foundation Scholarship Banquet on May 23. This year, a total of 428 scholarships worth more than $500,000 were awarded to 324 Allan Hancock College students.

“This is such a great night for our students and their families, as well as everyone who makes the scholarships possible,” said Hancock Executive Director of College Advancement Jon Hooten, who emceed the banquet. “It’s a testament to the investment our community makes to changing the odds for Hancock students.”

Hancock student Jennifer Cervantes received the prestigious Marian Hancock Scholarship. Named in honor of the late wife of Captain G. Allan Hancock, the $10,000 scholarship is awarded to one outstanding student each year who exemplifies service to the school, scholastic achievement and personal conduct. Cervantes is the 54th student to win the Marian Hancock Scholarship since 1967.

“You can really start here and go anywhere,” said Cervantes.

Cervantes is a first-generation college student and will graduate with high honors and a 4.0 grade-point average on Friday. Cervantes earned two associate degrees at Hancock and plans to transfer to either Berkeley or Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she hopes to obtain bachelor’s degrees in sociology and social work/welfare. Cervantes said her future goals include starting her own nonprofit organization to improve social conditions and promote cultural and institutional change for marginalized and disenfranchised groups.

“I want to focus on improving the lives of children experiencing poverty, immigrants, and those who are struggling academically and financially,” said Cervantes. “I aspire to this because I know just how much nonprofit organizations helped my own family survive throughout the years. I want to be able to give back to my community all that it has given to me.”

A scholarship committee composed of 15 Hancock faculty and staff chose this year’s recipients from more than 1,000 applications. Scholarship recipients did not know the specific scholarship or dollar amount awarded until they met the donor at the reception.

Nicolasa I. Sandoval, Ph.D., delivered the keynote address at this year’s banquet. Sandoval is serving her seventh year as a member of the California State Board of Education, and is also the education director for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and a trustee of the Santa Barbara Foundation. During her speech, Sandoval encouraged the recipients to share their powerful and inspiring stories with the world. 

“You are leaders. You are teachers. You are wisdom keepers for everyone in this room,” said Sandoval, who is also a former Hancock student. “When you share any part of your journey with us, your story helps each of us in ways that you may never witness or even imagine. It is a true and powerful gift to have.”

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Caption: Allan Hancock College Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D., congratulates student Jennifer Cervantes, who received the prestigious Marian Hancock Scholarship at the Allan Hancock College Foundation Scholarship Banquet May 23.

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Last Modified May 24, 2019