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Grossmont College Students’ Perseverance Rewarded with Scholarships

Posted on: Sep 10, 2014 1:00:00 AM
In: Grossmont
Contact: Lorena Ruggero 619-644-7840

From struggles out of poverty to fleeing war-torn home countries to surviving personal tragedy, the perseverance of dozens of Grossmont College students was recognized Sept. 6 at the annual fall scholarship breakfast.

“Our students are amazing people who have overcome many challenges on their education journey,” said John Valencia, CEO of the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges and associate vice chancellor of advancement and communications for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. “It is our great pleasure and honor to recognize students with scholarships so that they might reduce their financial burden as they pursue their dreams. This is also an amazing opportunity for our donors to connect with the students their gifts support.”

In a standing-room only Griffin Gate, scholarship donors and representatives from Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, Grossmont College and the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges shared more than 40 students’ stories as they awarded the scholarships, which ranged from $200 to $2,000. In total, nearly 100 first-time and continuing scholarships were awarded for the fall 2013 semester. Scholarships are awarded on a variety of criteria, including merit and/or need.

All scholarships are made possible by generous donations made by community members and nonprofit organizations, including the American Association of University Women, Barnes & Noble, the Friends of the East County Arts, the Osher Foundation, the San Diego Foundation’s Dietschman Fund and several individuals and nonprofit organizations.

The fall scholarship breakfast is sponsored by the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges. For more information about scholarships at Grossmont College, please visit To donate to a scholarship, please visit

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Grossmont College is “Changing Lives Through Education” and has served the diverse educational needs of San Diego’s East County since 1962. With a wide variety of certificate and associate’s degree programs, Grossmont College provides workforce training, career development and transferable college-level coursework to its more than 18,000 students. For more information, visit

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