Hartnell College graduate Naomi S. Nobida - who eventually plans to go on to medical school - has won a $20,000 scholarship to attend the University of California, Santa Cruz.
She will major in biochemistry and molecular biology when she begins her studies at UCSC this fall.
A graduate of Notre Dame High School in Salinas, Nobida received associate of science degrees in chemistry and biology at Hartnell in 2001 and 2002, respectively.
The mother of a three-year-old boy, Nobida participated in Hartnell's MESA and ACCESS tutoring programs, and also led supplemental instruction sessions for introductory and general chemistry classes.
During last year's Summer Research Institute at UCSC, Nobida impressed her faculty adviser with her knack for lab work, her focus and her motivation.
The UCSC scholarship-called the Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award-was created to foster the transfer of accomplished students from community colleges to UCSC. Recipients receive $10,000 scholarships for each of two years, as well as the support of a strong academic mentoring program and assistance finding paid summer work experience in a field that complements their studies.