Four CSUB students to receive John Brock Scholarships

September 3, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

Four John Brock Scholarships will be awarded in conjunction with the presentation of the prestigious John Brock Community Service Award at the annual dinner slated for Thursday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Seven Oaks County Club.

Bernard J. Herman, executive director for the Bakersfield Museum of Art, has been named this year's recipient of the John Brock Community Service Award.

The John Brock Scholarships, in the amount of $2,500 each, will be given to highly deserving students in the School of Business and Public Administration at California State University, Bakersfield. Scholarships are funded from the event's proceeds through CSUB's John Brock Endowment.

"Four recipients have been identified whose academic achievements qualify them for this financial award," said John Emery, dean of the School of Business and Public Administration. "These students have demonstrated not only academic achievement, but the leadership and community service for which the John Brock Scholarships were established. Their future success in private and public sectors will be important to Bakersfield and Kern County."

This year's scholarship recipients are:

- Marco Gomez Gomez is a senior in accounting, the youngest of six children and the first in his family to attend college. Gomez is living with his parents who are retired. In addition to assisting his parents and carrying a full class load, he is an active volunteer in both his community and church as a tutor and mentor for fellow students. His high grade point average and academic achievements have been recognized by his membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, the business administration honor society. After graduation Gomez plans to become a certified public accountant and pursue a master's degree.

- Jason McGuire McGuire is a senior accounting major who transferred to CSUB after earning his associate of arts in business administration with a certificate of proficiency in accounting at Taft College. He aspires to become a certified public accountant, either working for a corporation or establishing his own business. He was recently married. He is carrying a cumulative grade point average of 3.88. Additionally, McGuire desires to use what he has learned to help his church and surrounding community.

- Maria Ramirez Ramirez is an accounting major and has the goal of being the first in her family to attend a university and graduate with a bachelor's degree. She would like to earn a master's in business administration after she gains some business experience. Ramirez also wants to become a certified public accountant.

- Raul Rodriguez Rodriguez hails from Lamont and is a graduate of Arvin High School. The middle child of parents who worked as farm laborers, he was inspired by his girlfriend, Rita, to pursue a college degree. Ramirez has a perfect 4.0 grade point average. His studies in accounting have resulted in his recognition as one of three recipients of the Honor Graduate award from the Bakersfield College Foundation. His ambition is to continue his education to earn a master's in business administration and become a certified public accountant.

For additional information, contact event chairman Keith Brice at (661) 322-4241.