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Cerritos College Foundation Awards Four Auto Scholarships

The Cerritos College Foundation awarded four automotive scholarships to six promising students at the Southland Motor Car Dealers Association’s Board of Directors meeting Thursday, May 16.

The Jeannie M.T. Yang Scholarship, a $500 award was presented to Jonathan Rizo of Downey. The Jeannie M.T. Yang Automotive Scholarship awards a total of $2,000 each year to four promising students in the automotive department at Cerritos College. The scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Jeannie M.T. Yang, a community college professor originally from mainland China, who had a great passion for education.

The SMCDA Automotive Technology Scholarship, a $500 tool voucher toward the purchase of MATCO tools was awarded to Jason Meyers of Glendale and Sam Jimenez of Garden Grove. The scholarship assists the college’s automotive apprentice program students in purchasing tools to use in their classes. The tool voucher, combined with the 50% tool discount program which MATCO also provides for Cerritos College automotive students, is actually worth $1,000.

The Foundation also presented the $750 SMCDA Northwood 3rd Year Scholarship to Isaac Rodriguez of Pico Rivera. This award assists Cerritos College students who have completed their first two years in automotive technology training and are pursuing their bachelor’s degree through Northwood University.

The newly established Terry Hammond Scholarship was presented to Antonio Zavala-Ramirez of Bellflower and Sergio Gavtan of Long Beach. The scholarship recognizes outstanding students enrolled in the Ford ASSET Program.

The Southland Motor Car Dealers Association represents franchised new car dealers throughout Southern Los Angeles County.

Cerritos College’s Auto Technology Program provides students with hands-on, nationally authorized training for GM, Ford, Chrysler and import vehicles. The College also hosts an Advanced Transportation Technology Center, one of nine Centers in the state of California, to encourage use and development of clean, renewable energies, and alternative fuel sources. Students can also earn a bachelor’s degree in automotive management at Cerritos College through an agreement the college has with Northwood University.

Los Cerritos Community Newspaper would like to congratulate all of the scholars.

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