The Foundation's February 13th Board Meeting started with a special ceremony to recognize the winners of the Norman J. Priest Endowed Scholarship. This award is given to Foundation full-time student employees who embody the ideals of former Foundation Board member Norman J. Priest through their community service, leadership skills, and involvement in the Foundation. Submitted applications are reviewed by Mrs. Halo Priest, her son James Priest, and a Foundation Scholarship Committee. Selection is based on one's resume, a recommendation from both a supervisor and a Foundation staff member, plus an essay on how the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation has helped them with their educational goals and how the award will help them achieve their career/educational goals. The essay should also highlight how participation and leadership in campus activities and community service will help them achieve their goals. So far, 24 deserving students have benefitted from this award since 2000.
The 2011-2012 winners are Ashley Sanders Lerner, Kellogg West Front Desk employee; Rachelle Webb, Research Assistant with STEM; and Angel Vizcarra, Dining Services employee.
Ashley is expecting to earn her Bachelors of Science Degree in Hospitality Management in 2013. She is involved in various clubs on campus and holds positions in each. In the Hospitality Club she is the Director of Activities and enjoys planning trips to various hotels, restaurants, and theme parks in the region. For leisure purposes, she is involved in the Yoga Alliance Club on campus and holds the secretary position.
Ashley has held a seasonal job as a chaperon to college students traveling to and from Israel since the summer of 2009. This initially sparked her interested in travel and tourism and thus began her studies at the Collins College of Hospitality Management. After graduation she hopes to continue working in the industry while living in Israel.
Rachelle will earn her B.A. in Psychology in 2013. She aspires to go on to earn her Ph.D. in Psychology and ultimately conduct research within the fields of cognitive neuroscience and positive psychology.
Rachelle is a member of the Kellogg Honors College, a McNair Scholar, and a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. She was elected Treasurer of Psi Chi International Honor Society for Psychology for the 2011-2012 school year and has served as President of Yoga Alliance for the past two years. Rachelle also serves as a peer mentor for the Psychology & Sociology Department helping her fellow students by holding office hours and hosting workshops on graduate school, financial aid, and stress management.
On campus, Rachelle is currently in her second year of working as a research assistant for Dr. Bettina Casad helping with her current project involving students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math majors.
Angel Vizcarra is expecting to earn his Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management in 2012. He was a recipient of the Norman J. Priest Scholarship for the year 2010, and is a recipient of the 2011 Collins/Pepsi Scholarship. Angel is also currently serving as President of his fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Angel is currently in the running for the MGM Management Associate Program and has the ultimate goal of establishing his own hotel or resort in the future. He also hopes to be heavily involved as a volunteer in his fraternity as an alumnus. He is currently a shift lead at Subway and has gained an immense amount of experience that will surely help him in his future endeavors as a hospitality manager.
Angel hopes to also further his education by attaining his MBA after getting some more experience in the hospitality industry, which will be a great asset in his goal of establishing his own hotel or resort.
As volunteer for several Alzheimer's walks, and having had family members that have been affected by the condition, Angel hopes his involvement as a volunteer will help bring about more research that will one day end Alzheimer's.