Compton College Honors Student Scholars at Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet

Compton College Honors Student Scholars at Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet

Compton College held its annual Scholarship Awards Banquet on May 14 and recognized the academic achievements of 58 honor students, three Presidential Scholars, and 41 scholarship recipients. Scholarships awarded to the students totaled $32,100.

The 2019 Presidential Scholars are Ana Ruiz Bonaparte, Armida Ramirez, and Stephanie Arely Zacatares. Presidential Scholars represent students who have shown academic strength, singular focus and the desire to reach their highest potential while overcoming obstacles in the pursuit of their dreams. The Presidential Scholar program recognizes outstanding students who are graduating with a 3.7 grade point average or higher.

Ana Ruiz Bonaparte
Ana Ruiz Bonaparte is a student at the Compton Early College High School, which is a partnership between Compton College and the Compton Unified School District. This June, she will graduate with her high school diploma AND an associate degree from Compton College with an impressive 3.94 cumulative GPA! She plans to transfer to San Francisco State University as a humanities major in fall 2019. She dedicated to giving back and regularly volunteers in community service projects organized by Multiplying Good, a leadership club at her high school. She is proud of the opportunity given to her by the Compton Early College High School partnership. "Not only has Compton College influenced the type of person that I want to be, but I am confident it has prepared me to go on to a four-year university and meet my career and personal goals," said Bonaparte.

Armida Ramirez
Armida Ramirez will graduate with an associate degree this June and a notable 4.0 cumulative GPA. She is a nursing major who plans to continue her studies at Compton College in the Nursing Program. Ramirez is a first-generation college student who enrolled at Compton College at the age of 26 while also caring for her two children, maintaining a high GPA, and working fulltime. She is from an immigrant family where her parents always believed in work before education. Upon graduation from high school in 2018, she was accepted at three universities including USC, however, personal barriers kept her from enrolling. She now understands what a privilege it is to attend college. "Compton College not only allows you to see education as a pathway to uplift those out of poverty but also toward upward social mobility," said Ramirez. "Thank you, Compton College, for all you have done for me and my fellow students."

Stephanie Arely Zacatares
Stephanie Arely Zacatares will graduate with an associate degree and a cumulative GPA of 3.61. She is a sociology major who plans to transfer to UC Santa Barbara followed by law school. Zacatares aspires to be an immigration lawyer in her future career. She is an advocate for immigrant family rights and volunteers by advocating for legislation with the Temporary Protected Alliance at the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles. She never thought she would have the opportunity to transfer to a four-year university. "I have had extraordinary advisors and counselors at Compton College that have motivated me to transfer," said Zacatares. "Thanks to Compton College, I can now say that I have a brighter future in academia and a strong support system that is rooting in my favor."

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