Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarship.
This year, 21 applications were received and $12,500 is being awarded to 13 recipients. Edison International provided a with $10,000 grant to be divided among STEM recipients, and another $2,500 was raised to be distributed among recipients of all majors.
Members of the scholarship review panel include Denise Bickerstaff, Cabrillo’s Director of Business Development and Administration; Gloria Solorzano, Cabrillo Resident Services Coordinator; Jessica Rios, AmeriCorps VIP volunteer at Cabrillo; Veronica Montoya and Adriana Fernandez, California State University, Channel Islands; Gordon Morrell, Yardi Systems Executive Vice President; and Alondra Serna, House Farm Workers Program Director.
“Thank you to each applicant who took the time to share their story. I was deeply moved and touched by each application and appreciated their willingness to open up and share their experiences,” said Montoya. “I was reminded why these scholarships are so crucial and hope that they will help each recipient move forward in their educational careers and aspirations. Thank you to Cabrillo for making such an important investment in the future of our community.”
Recipients will receive their awards during the CEDC Scholarship Awards Banquet from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., July 12, at Azahar Place Apartments, 11370 Mimosa St., Ventura.
The recipients are:
• Yuri Cruz, a Pacifica High School graduate, who will attend the University of California, Santa Barbara, and major in mathematics
• Emily Phelps, an El Camino High School graduate, who will attend California Polytechnic State University in San Louis Obispo and major in animal science
• Palomera Lorenzo, a Fillmore High School graduate who will attend UCSB and major in computer economics
• Karina Ibarra Gonzalez, a Thousand Oaks High School graduate who will attend California State University, Channel Islands, and major in biology
• Naomi Summers, an Oxnard High School graduate who will attend UCSB and major in economics
• Juan Hernandez, a Santa Paula High School graduate who is attending California State University, Northridge, and work toward his master’s degree in mathematics
• Anarely Santana, a Newbury Park High School graduate, who will attend California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, and major in civil engineering
• Magdiel Zuniga, who is attending Cal Poly Pomona and majoring in mechanical engineering
• Alondra Quintal, an Oxnard High School graduate who will attend the University of California, Irvine, and major in biology
• Julie Revelez, a Buena High School graduate who will attend the University of California, San Francisco, and major in social work
• Ronaldo Cacerez, a Pacifica High School graduate, who will attend Humboldt State University and major in environmental science
• Esther Choe, a Buena High School graduate, who will attend CSU, Channel Islands, and major in political science
• Shadi Bateni, a Westlake High School graduate, who will attend Oxnard College and major in addictive disorder studies
The Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarship Program, created in 2011, honors the legacy of Rodney Fernandez, Cabrillo’s founder and Executive Director for 30 years (1981–2011). The Scholarship continues Fernandez’s legacy of community building by cultivating the leadership of residents to attain their goals and empower themselves to take action to improve the quality of life in their communities.