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2 earn 1K scholarships
  October 6, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

Two Bakersfield high school students won $1,000 scholarships for their essays in the California State University, Bakersfield Enterprise College Essay Contest.

Abbas Grammy, CSUB economics professor and director of Enterprise College, said originally only one scholarship was scheduled to be awarded, but the judging panel was so impressed with the two winners that they decided to award scholarships to both.

Both students and their parents will be invited to the Nov. 15 annual meeting of Enterprise College sponsor Mid State Development Corp., where they will be presented their scholarships.

The winning students are Enrique Gonzales, a senior at East Bakersfield High School; and Robert Bickett, a senior at Liberty High School. The two were among 19 Enterprise College participants this past July who entered the essay contest, writing about a historical figure whose decisions and actions influenced the course of events during his or her time and beyond.

The essay judges, Mike Olague of Rabobank, Richard Beene of The Bakersfield Californian, and Keith Brice of Mid State Development, "met with me and said they had narrowed the essays down to two, but were so impressed by those two essays that they couldn't choose one over the other," Grammy said. "So we decided to award full scholarships to each of them."

Gonzales' essay was on Theodore Roosevelt, a Medal of Honor winner and 26th president of the United States; Bickett wrote about Japanese Emperor Meiji (1868-1912), who brought Japan from a feudal isolationist state to a world power in just more than four decades.

Enterprise College is a three-week summer program in economics where high school junior or senior students learn basic economic concepts while earning high school or college credit. Grammy said students learn the concepts through a unique combination of in-class instruction by college professors, discussions with business leaders, and field trips to private or public enterprises. Seventy-one students participated in the 2006 Enterprise College at CSUB.

For more information about Enterprise College, please call Grammy at (661) 654-2466, or e-mail him at