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May 27, 2011

Theo Offei and Sophia Forde

Sophia Forde and Theo Offei
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Recipients

Two Cabrillo College Students Receive Prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
Sophia Forde and Theo Offei Awarded Among Only 60 National Recipients

APTOS, CA – Cabrillo College today announced that graduating students Sophia Forde and Theo Offei have been awarded the prestigious, national Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Only 60 of these scholarships are awarded each year to a national pool of applicants. The scholarship awards up to $30,000 per year for four years, to cover students' tuition and expenses at a four-year university. Both Forde and Offei will graduate from Cabrillo next week and plan to transfer to four-year universities. In order to renew the scholarship, recipients must maintain a strong grade point average in college, and meet the Foundation's requirements each year.

Cabrillo College Faculty Senate President and Computer Science Instructor Steve Hodges nominated both Forde and Offei.

"I nominated Sophia and Theo because in addition to achieving academic success here at Cabrillo College, they have also given back to the College by dedicating their time and skills to leadership roles in the Cabrillo College Student Senate, which will serve them well as they continue on at four‐year universities in their respective areas of study."

Sophia Forde has lived in Santa Cruz County's San Lorenzo Valley most of her life. She was home-schooled for her entire primary and secondary education. Forde enrolled at Cabrillo College her first semester of eighth grade. She took her first Cabrillo history class at age 14 and has been enthralled with history ever since. Forde graduated at the end of fall semester with an Associate of Arts in History. She has been accepted to several UCs including UCLA, and is still waiting to hear back from out-of-state private universities. For her continuing education, Forde is interested in studying Urban Planning. "At Cabrillo College, there is a lot of respect for students who come from all different backgrounds - it doesn't matter what you choose to get involved in," said Forde. "It's most important to take advantage of the resources available to you. When you show commitment, faculty are there to help you. Apply for financial aid and all scholarships available, and use those resources to help yourself succeed." Theo Offei is an international student from Reggio Emilia, Italy. He has attended Cabrillo College since spring of 2009 and is a Political Science major. Offei is currently the President of Associated Students of Cabrillo College (ASCC), Cabrillo's student senate. He is active in statewide organizations, and in advocacy efforts on behalf of Community Colleges across the state.

Back in Italy, Offei's parents encouraged him to work hard so that he could go to college and get a good education. During a two-week exchange program, he visited Cabrillo College and realized it would be a perfect fit for him. Soon after, he moved here to pursue his dream. Offei will graduate June 3, and has been accepted to UCLA, UCSB, UCSC, UCSD, and the University of Southern California (USC). "I am honored to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, which will allow me to continue pursuing my educational goals at a four‐year university," said Offei. "My experience at Cabrillo College has been excellent, the faculty are the best and I've received the support of so many individuals along the way. Students should know that their dreams and potential can be realized at a community college at an affordable price. Later, they can transfer to a four-year university if they choose to." "We are very proud that Sophia's and Theo's achievements here at Cabrillo College have prepared them to successfully compete among a national pool," said Brian King, Cabrillo College President and Superintendent. "We are grateful for the contributions they have both made to Cabrillo College while here, and we know they will be incredibly successful as they continue on their educational paths."

About Cabrillo College

Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers over 100 academic and career technical education programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to 4‐year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of our diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever‐ changing world.


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