Three Mt. San Jacinto College students received the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship in 2013. The MSJC students were selected from a pool of nearly 800 nominees nationwide.
Amy Bartel, Shayla Esarey and Samuel Fall, honors students at MSJC, are award recipients, according to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. All three students are current or former officers of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges.
The MSJC trio are among the 73 Scholars selected this year to receive the award. They will each receive up to $30,000 a year for up to three years. The scholarship is intended to cover a significant share of the student's educational expenses - including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees - for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor's degree. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive, according to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
MSJC Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Schultz surprised the students with the news on April 10, 2013 while they were meeting with their advisers.
"This rare triple crown win for our students is yet further evidence of the quality of Mt. San Jacinto College's instruction, our faculty and programs, and of course our students," Dr. Schultz said. "We are very proud of Amy, Sam and Shayla."
Bartel, a San Jacinto resident, plans on majoring in Anthropology and Archaeology. She hopes to transfer to UC Berkeley.
Fall, of Banning, plans on becoming a nanoscale engineer specializing in MEMS (micro electromechanical systems). He hopes to transfer to Stanford.
Shayla Esarey, of Temecula, plans on majoring in Political Science with minors in History and Psychology. She hopes to attend UC Berkeley or Cornell University.