Katrina Marie Scott of Salinas - a student at Hartnell College - has been awarded a $20,000 scholarship to attend the University of California, Santa Cruz, this fall.
The scholarship, called the Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award, recognizes students who have overcome adverse socioeconomic circumstances, who have demonstrated a commitment to assisting and improving the lives of others, and who might not otherwise be able to attend UCSC for financial reasons.
A psychology major, Scott has made volunteering part of her life since fifth grade, when she helped her teachers over summer vacation.
In high school, she participated in a conflict resolution program and helped found Viking Arch, a school-based antidiscrimination organization. As president of the group, she secured approval for the drama department to stage a production of "The Laramie Project," the most controversial play ever allowed by the school. She also volunteered at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, racking up the second-highest number of volunteer hours in her class.
At Hartnell, she worked as a note-taker for disabled students. Scott gained valuable leadership experience through sports, playing basketball, football, and baseball. She hopes to become a psychologist.
Recipients of UCSC's Pister scholarship receive a $10,000 scholarship for each of two years, as well as the support of a strong academic mentoring program and assistance finding paid summer work experience in a field that complements their studies.
The scholarships were created to foster the transfer of accomplished students from community college in the UCSC region. It was designed by former UCSC Chancellor Karl S. Pister to make the university accessible to the most promising community college students in the area.