Angelica Jimenez of Castroville - who graduated from Hartnell College earlier this month - has been awarded a $20,000 scholarship to attend the University of California, Santa Cruz, this fall.
The scholarship, called the Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award, recognizes talented students who have overcome adverse socioeconomic circumstances, have a demonstrated commitment to assisting and improving the lives of others, and who might not otherwise be able to attend UCSC for financial reasons.
Jimenez was admitted to UCSC after high school, but had to change her plans when her mother became ill. She enrolled at Hartnell, where she made the dean's list for two years despite working 40 hours a week.
The first of her family to go to college, Jimenez is a role model for her sister and other relatives, according to her family. She is an active member of People for the Ethnical Treatment of Animals and Amnesty International.
Jimenez intends to major in sociology and minor in psychology, and plans to be a social worker or school guidance counselor.
Yoshiko Matsushita-Arao, Hartnell psychology instructor, says Jimenez has high academic standards. "Ms. Jimenez earned solid 'A' grades in all three course I teach," said Matsushita-Arao.
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