Oxnard College Honors First Cohort of ESTEEM Scholars

Oxnard College honored its first cohort of OC ESTEEM scholars at an on-campus reception on February 1, 2018. The gathering celebrated students of excellence and promise who are majoring or intending to major in Engineering. Family, friends, college leadership and board members of the Oxnard College Foundation joined the celebration.

OC ESTEEMEnhancing Success in Transfer Education for Engineering Majors – is generously funded by the Oxnard College Foundation and the National Science Foundation, with grant support from the University of California, Santa Barbara. It is part of a wider campus initiative to enhance matriculation in STEM disciplines, support academic success, and promote transfer. Dependent on financial need, scholars receive an award of up to $2,500 per semester.

The 2018 Oxnard ESTEEM Scholars are:

Lorenzo Garcia
Ever since I was an adolescent I’ve always been interested with how everything around us was created. To me, an engineer is someone who builds a better future for the rest of us.

Rafael Hernandez
With the growth in technology, machines can accomplish what humans cannot and my increasing desire to be a part of this advancement further encourages me to learn the skills to be able to partake in it.

Justin Nam
The art and beauty of engineering is integrating different laws and theories of the natural world to create a product that will drive the next generation of technology towards advancement. The vision I have for my future is to design new tools that will potentially save lives.

Andres Medrano
A unique characteristic about Computer Science that excites me is that there are no limits on what can be accomplished. This field does not stick to the realm of government or military application. It has infinite applications anywhere from building a website, to video game or movie animations. Our world is only becoming more and more technologically advanced, and it is important to be able to know how to navigate through it all and use it to its best potential.

Pablo Higuera
I understand that when it comes to engineering you’re not alone. In my future I wish to transfer to UCSB in pursuit of a degree in engineer, specializing in robotics. Mainly to do research in building and manufacturing of robots. I would design robotic systems that would do tasks that are too dangerous for humans or even impossible.

Congratulations to this first cohort of esteemed OC ESTEEM scholars. For students interested in applying for next year’s award, the application period is now open. Please contact Dr. Marcella Klein-Williams, Director, Project Acabado – STEM, at Oxnard College for more information.



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