The Arthur Goodman Scholarship Program honors CDC’s founder and community philanthropist by providing scholarships to deserving students moving from a community college to a four-year university. Students are selected based on their history of volunteer service, their grade point average, and their plans for the future. Three highly impressive students received awards in the 2011 allocation made in June:
Alberto Vasquez will be entering UCSD in fall as a Biology major, having just graduated from City College in San Diego where he was President of the Associated Student Body. Vasquez founded “The Big Clean Up”, a community beautification project that has removed over 30 tons of refuse from a low-income area. Much of his drive stems from a commitment to prove to others that change is possible. Having overcome many challenges, he wrote in his application that “Life experience has been my greatest teacher and the reason I am now compelled to make a difference in the world.”
Anh Le recently graduated from Orange Coast College with her AA degree and will attend Cal State Long Beach beginning in fall to study Economics. Volunteerism started for her at age 6 when she accompanied her grandmother to help at an orphanage in Vietnam and then moved to teaching students whose families did not have enough to send them to school in Vietnam. In 2009 she moved to California and immediately began volunteering with the Head Start program, her church and then on the student council. She credits her mother’s teaching of “Life is not what you get, but what you give” as the inspiration that has made her the fine woman she is today.
Mary Tamsin Thoren will be at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo after graduating from MiraCosta Community College. She became interested in nutrition a few years ago after helping a friend through a hospital stay and was inspired to re-enter college after an 11 year break so that she could pursue it as a career. While juggling school and work, she still found time to compete in the Small Business Development Center’s Young Entrepreneurs Project for which she won first prize. She will take her energy, drive and passion toward a career in developing policy aimed at promoting healthy eating for children living in low-income areas.
The hard-work, integrity, passion & teamwork that these students have demonstrated represent the ideals and values that we hold here at CDC. Congratulations to each one of these students and we wish them well in the next few years to come.