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Three Hartnell College Students Awarded MESA Scholarships to Four-Year Universities

February 19th, 2003

Three recent Hartnell College graduates have won prestigious $6,250, two-year scholarships to attend California State University campuses.

Sergio Arellano of Salinas is majoring in engineering at California State University, Fresno. Miguel Liazola of Salinas and Jose Ceja of Hollister are attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; they are majoring in math and electrical engineering, respectively.

The scholarships are from the MESA program, which provides academic support for California community college students who plan to transfer to four-year institutions of higher learning and major in math, engineering or science. The scholarships are funded by the National Science Foundation.

While pursuing their studies at Hartnell, all three students utilized the services of the college's MESA program, which provides students in math, engineering or science with a study center, academic excellence workshops and career advising.

Hartnell's MESA program was recently awarded the Bellwether Award, a national honor from the University of Florida's Institute of Higher Education. The award recognizes outstanding and innovative programs that are leading community colleges into the 21st century.

Michael Kane, director of Hartnell's MESA program, says he is very proud of the scholarship winners. "All three students worked very hard while enrolled in our MESA program. I am so glad their scholarly endeavors paid off in such a wonderful way, and I wish them well in their future studies."

For more information on the scholarship winners, contact Kane at (831) 770-6131 or Mkane@hartnell.edu.