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Hundreds of Allan Hancock College students win scholarships, graduate


More than 300 Allan Hancock College students received 410 scholarships worth a total of nearly $500,000 at the Allan Hancock College Foundation Scholarship Banquet on May 24.

Hundreds of Hancock faculty, staff, scholarship donors, and students and their families filled the Joe White Memorial Gymnasium to celebrate another round of scholastic awards.

Hundreds of Allan Hancock College faculty, staff, scholarship donors, and students and their families filled the Joe White Memorial Gymnasium on May 24 for the Allan Hancock College Foundation Scholarship Banquet.

“I’d like to thank the 200 donors for investing in us and supporting us,” said Frankie Maldonado, president of Hancock’s Associated Student Body Government, at the event. “Your generosity means we can pay for tuition and books and in many cases rent, gas, child care, and even food. Your gift means we can work fewer hours, focus on school, and continue to rise to new heights.”

The Hancock College Foundation has awarded 1,948 students nearly $2.9 million in scholarships since 2013, according to a Hancock press release. This was the fifth consecutive year the foundation awarded 400 or more scholarships.

A scholarship committee composed of 15 Hancock faculty and staff chose scholarship recipients from more than 1,100 applications. Applicants did not know the specific scholarship or dollar amount until they met donors at the banquet.

After several keynote speakers gave powerful addresses, Hancock student Annalise Ketz was awarded the Marian Hancock Scholarship, a $10,000 scholarship awarded to one outstanding student each year.

While presenting the scholarship, Hancock President and Superintendent Kevin Walthers said that Ketz was one of 11 students graduating with a 4.0 grade point average, and earned an associate degree in mathematics with an emphasis in physics, and was one of only 7 percent of applicants accepted to the United States Naval Academy.

“This student was described by an instructor as being the most exceptional student she’s ever had in 20 years of teaching,” Walthers said while presenting the hefty scholarship.

Ketz, who graduated from Nipomo High School, said she started attending Hancock in 2014 and moved to Santa Maria shortly after. She then took a year off school to volunteer in New Zealand and the Philippines with Youth With A Mission, a Christian missionary group.

Later she was accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy with a nomination from Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara). The Marian Hancock Scholarship will go toward her continued education there.

“It’s not necessarily about the amount,” Ketz told the Sun. “It’s about who is giving it to me. It’s the fact that Dr. Walthers, the scholarship committee, faculty, staff—people who I’ve known for three non-consecutive years at Hancock—that they believe in me.”

Ketz, who will be inducted into the Naval Academy on June 28, said she plans to continue studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and hopes to get a bachelor’s degree in nuclear or electrical engineering. After that, Ketz said she wants to become an astronaut.

Ketz and hundreds of her classmates graduated the following day, May 25, in Hancock’s 97th annual commencement ceremony. During the 2017-18 academic year, a record 1,009 students earned a combined 1,527 associate degrees, according to Hancock. 

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