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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Montecito Rotary Club Honors SBCC Students with Scholarships

The Rotary Club of Montecito Foundation recently presented ten $1,000 scholarships to deserving Santa Barbara City College students enrolled in Career Technical Education Programs and students intending to transfer to four-year universities. This is the second year that the club’s foundation has awarded two Study of Chinese Language Scholarships and the third time that the Martin and Julia Koobation /Rotary of Montecito Scholarship, named in memory of long-time Rotarian Martin Koobation, was awarded.


In addition to the scholarships, the Rotary Club of Montecito Foundation sponsored the April luncheon at SBCC during which the presentations were made. The funds will be awarded to the students through the Foundation for SBCC.

SBCC offers a variety of programs and courses in career technical education. These include short-duration Skills Competency and Departmental Award programs, Certificates of Achievement and two-year Associate in Science Degree programs. Subject areas include Business Education, Health and Human Services, Media Arts and Technologies.

SBCC Scholarship Recipients
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SBCC Scholarship Recipients

Front row (left to right)

Rosette Strandberg, Vocational Nursing Co-Chair

Ulyana Biloskurska, Vocational Nursing scholarship recipient (Santa Barbara resident)

Nathaniel Grotenhuis, Film and Television Production scholarship recipient (Goleta resident)

Allison Vissonti, former SBCC Chinese language student and luncheon guest

Chen-Chuan Li, Chinese Language faculty

Mayra Carvujul, Chinese language scholarship recipient (Lompoc resident)

Gabrielle M. De Sevilla, Cosmetology scholarship recipient (Buellton resident)

Griselda Rosas, Cosmetology Chair

Murray Ray, Rotary Club of Montecito President

Kati Buehler, Rotary Club of Montecito Vocational Service Committee

Shannon McCully, Diagnostic Medical Sonography recipient of Martin and Julia Koobatian Scholarship (Port Hueneme resident)

Back Row, Left to Right:

Michelle Gottwald, Associate Degree Nursing Chair

Natasha Holmstrom, Associate Degree Nursing recipient of Rotary Foundation President’s Scholarship (Santa Barbara resident)

Stephen DaVega, Film and Television Production faculty

Samuel Malone, Chinese language scholarship recipient (Placerville, CA)

James Fenkner, Chinese language scholarship donor

Glenn Troub, Automotive faculty

Darwin Pacheco, Automotive scholarship recipient (Santa Barbara resident)

Jay Chotirmal, Entrepreneurship scholarship recipient (Santa Barbara resident)

Danielle Terveen, Radiographic and Imaging Sciences faculty

Eyasu Asfaha, Radiography scholarship recipient (Santa Barbara resident)

About Santa Barbara City College

Founded in 1909, Santa Barbara City College currently serves more than 20,000 credit and 13,000 non-credit students annually. In 2013, SBCC was named national co-winner of the prestigious Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence. The college was recognized for its quality and focus in four areas: facilitating underrepresented and minority student success, student learning outcomes, degree completion and transfer rates, and labor market success in securing good jobs after college.

Our Mission: As a public community college dedicated to the success of each student…Santa Barbara City College provides students a diverse learning environment that inspires curiosity and discovery, promotes global responsibility and fosters opportunity for all.

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