College awards spring scholarships

NORWALK - The Cerritos College Foundation awarded seven scholarships at its board meeting on May 17.The $500 Broderick/Commeford Scholarship was presented to Sunny Jang and Darwane Rankins by Reading Instructor Matt Paige. Established by the late Cerritos College reading professor, Dr. William Broderick and named in memory of Broderick and his father-in-law, the scholarship assists developmental students in their educational pursuits. Patrick Dolly of Long Beach received the $500 Dorothy Thompson Memorial Scholarship. Presenting the check was Dorothy's son John Thompson. Established in memory of former re-entry student Dorothy Thompson, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding journalism student. Thompson returned to school at the age of 67 and was voted Homecoming Queen in 1987. English major LaShonda Carter of Hawthorne received the $500 Albert Ostroff Scholarship. This scholarship was established by former Instructional Dean of Humanities/Social Sciences Francine De France, in memory of her father Albert Ostroff. Students Laquisha Lewis of Compton and Madeline Ortiz of Walnut Park received the Alice Wang Scholarship. The scholarship was created in honor of Alice Wang, the wife of Foundation board member J.P. Wang. The Wangs actively support academic endeavors of low-income students through scholarships. The scholarship recognizes single mothers who major in child development and demonstrate outstanding academics. The Susan Bennion-Boyle Memorial Scholarship was presented to nursing student Anna Leonard of Orange and psychology major Mirian Oliveros of Norwalk by Larry Boyle, who established the scholarship in 2010 in memory of his wife. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to outstanding female full-time students. Business accounting major Jenny Min of Downey and economics student Calvin Wang of Artesia received the $1,000 Marion Hyde Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes business or economics students who are transferring to a four-year university in the fall. This scholarship was established by Economics Professor Diane Keenan as a way to honor her mother Marion Hyde who stressed the value of a college education. The $500 Elizabeth O'Donnell Hamman Memorial Scholarship was presented to mathematics major Lorelie Roska of Lakewood. The scholarship was established in 2011 in memory of Elizabeth O'Donnell Hamman, sister of Patrick O'Donnell, manager of information technology and daughter of Dodie O'Donnell, former faculty senate clerk at Cerritos College. Hamman, who was a mathematics professor, found her calling while attending Cerritos College. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding female students who are interested in pursuing a career in math.

********** Published: June 07, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 08