Hartnell College students, instructor and the coordinator for the annual Boronda International Study Program have been selected. Gary Smith, Hartnell College Art Instructor, and Eric Bosler, Art and Photography Instructor, will lead the group on their trip to Italy.
Cicely McCreight, Director of Institutional Advancement at Hartnell College who serves as chair of the Boronda Scholarship Committee said, "This year we have selected eight students to participate. They are Rene Astorga, Farrell Lynn, Nina Pryor and Mary Schaefer from Salinas, Christopher Barrios from Marina, Francisco Esparza from Soledad, Ann Giusiana from Castroville and Brandy Perkins from Gonzales."
Lester Boronda, a Monterey County artist, established the Sylvano and Maria Boronda Memorial Scholarship in memory of his parents. In his will, Lester Boronda stated that the recipients of the scholarship must be "students of unusual promise in the arts, namely painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, drama, music or dance."
Participants are required to enroll in the Boronda International Study course at Hartnell College during the spring semester. Smith will teach that class. "We will study the arts and culture of our destination, Italy, and that means all the arts. Then during the semester the students will do a paper on their special interest at the upcoming destination. All of us will learn from each others research when they present their papers," Smith said.
The group will travel to Italy in early June and will stay about two weeks. Students will receive expenses for air and ground transportation, lodging and a meal allowance.
McCreight said that many of the participants have not traveled before. "The Boronda trip will be a wonderful experience for all. It will really change these students lives," she said.