The Ohlone Promise - A Two Year Full Ride Scholarship Program for Graduating High School Seniors - Article, Office of College Advancement
Ohlone Promise Scholarship Recipient Justine Simms
Tuesday, March 29, 2016—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.
Submitted by Ohlone College Foundation.
When Justine Simms was nearing graduation from Irvington high school in Fremont she didn’t quite feel financially prepared for college. After being encouragement from school counselor, Justine checked out the Ohlone Promise Scholarship offered by Ohlone College, a school conveniently located near her home.
“It’s been awesome,” says Justine. “Being at Ohlone has allowed me to get use to college life before I move on to pursue my Bachelor’s degree and not having the burden of paying for tuition and books is an amazing relief.”
Now a second-semester sophomore and an Ohlone Promise Scholarship recipient, Justine is quickly on her way to achieving her first goal—an Associates in Arts degree in Business. Her next goal includes transferring to a four-year university where she plans to work towards a degree in animal science with a minor in business. Justine is looking at several in-state and out-of-state universities that have excellent animal science programs including Cal Poly, Montana State, Wisconsin River Falls, and Texas A&M. Her ultimate goal is to start a non-profit therapeutic horseback riding center for abused children and at-risk youth.
“The Promise Scholarship has paid for my tuition, books, and enrollment fees, which is fantastic since just books themselves can cost $700. It has also given me the confidence that I can accomplish my dream of starting my own ranch someday. ”
Thanks to generous donors, the Ohlone College Foundation has increased the number of scholarships offered from 25 in 2015 to 30 scholarships in 2016. To qualify, a student must be a senior graduating from a public high school in Fremont, Newark, or Union City and plan to attend Ohlone College full time.
To apply for the Ohlone Promise scholarship, please visit www.ohlonefoundation.org. Applications are now being accepted March 1 through April 15. For information on how you can support The Ohlone Promise, call 510-659-6020.