The Coronado Neighborhood Council (CNC) hosted its 35th Annual Scholarship Banquet Oct. 26 at the Galileo Club in Richmond, awarding scholarships to nine college students from the Coronado community and surrounding neighborhoods totaling $18,000.
The stakes were exceptionally high this year, as 42 students made the short list of award recipients.
Hazel Jones, a freshman at San Francisco State and Gustavo Ibarra, a freshman at UC Berkeley (with junior credit hours) were the two top-two scholarship award recipients.
Both Jones and Ibarra received $4,000 scholarships sponsored by the Chevron Richmond Refinery.
Ibarra, a resident of the Iron Triangle neighborhood, says he has received three awards over the last three years.
“I feel proud and honored to be selected for the third time,” Ibarra said. “I combined both last year’s scholarship in the amount of $4,000 with this year’s award and applied them both to current year’s tuition and fees,” he said.
Jones says she couldn’t be happier to have been selected to receive a top award.
“I feel really good. My financial aid only covered my housing and tuition, so the scholarship really came in handy to help me buy books. There were a lot of people who applied…to be picked out of all those people, I feel really good and know my hard work will pay off,” she said.
Ibarra says his major is currently undecided, although he has an interest in business and economics.
Seven other local students were honored with scholarships. William James Brother received the Levin Terminal Scholarship in the amount of $1,000; Shohei Nozawa a $1,500 scholarship from Richmond Sanitary Scholarship; Shannon Jones accepted two scholarships on behalf of her twin boys, Courtney Tyler, recipient of a $2,500 scholarship from Mechanics Bank and Cameron Tyler, award recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from J&O;
Brandon Evans received the Seville Group Scholarship for $1,000; Shanika Walker received a $1,000 scholarship from Sims Metal; and Tamena Potts received the DP Security Scholarship in the amount of $2,000.
“I want to thank all of the sponsors who participated and supported the success of the affair. We gave out a total of $18,000 to the youth of our city who will be our leaders for tomorrow. Without the support of our sponsors, we could not have realized this success,” said Joe Fisher, president of the CNC.
Following the presentation of scholarships, the event featured an annual roast, honoring Nancy Skinner and Michael Davenport.
The CNC established its Scholarship fund in 1975 to support Coronado youth and young adults in pursuit of college education.