Aug 10, 2010 - On September 9, 2010 at Seven Oaks Country Club, the prestigious John Brock Community Service Award will be presented to Mayor Harvey L. Hall, Founder/President of Hall Ambulance Service.
The event will also honor four students with John Brock Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each; the scholarships are awarded annually to highly deserving students in the School of Business and Public Administration at California State University, Bakersfield. Scholarships are funded through CSUB's John Brock Endowment.
BPA Dean, Dr. John Emery states, "Four recipients have been identified whose academic achievements qualify them for this financial award. 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 recipients are:
- Hillary Tran is a senior in accounting, a working mom of two children and is the first of her family to go to college. She began her college career at Bakersfield College where she tutored chemistry and was a member of the Optimists Club, a program that assists children with special needs. While at Bakersfield College, she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She now is an active member of the CSUB Hawk Honors Program and the University Accounting Association. Her next goal is joining the Community Action Partnership of Kern's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to help provide free tax preparation for local citizens with low incomes. After completing her bachelor's degree, she plans to get a Certified Public Accounting license and work in Bakersfield.
- Mastura Martinez is a junior in accounting and a first generation college student. Having consistently carried a high GPA, she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, was selected to be in "Who's Who in American Colleges," and is a graduate of Bakersfield College. A solid believer in helping others, Martinez has volunteered at Bessie Owens Elementary, Housing Authority of County of Kern, and in AmeriCorps. She enjoyed her most recent work as a certified tutor, and will always continue to help fellow students including students with disabilities, veterans, as well as the rest of the community. She plans to be a corporate accountant in Bakersfield after graduation and obtaining her CPA license. She also plans to further her education in the graduate program.
- Victoria Miller is a senior in finance who recalls that even as a little girl she had a passion for math and people. Miller graduated at the top of her high school class and was accepted into California State University, Bakersfield's Hawk Honors Society. An active member of CSUB's Accounting Association, she was recently inducted into the CSUB chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honor society. She hopes to create a successful career as a financial analyst and later try her hand in consumer and corporate loan underwriting. She will be graduating from CSUB in fall 2011as a first generation student and with honors.
- Gary Fehdrau Jr. is a senior in finance who started his college career at Bakersfield College. Education has been his guiding light, forever changing and molding his mind. He credits much of his educational success to his mother who pushed him early on to excel in the classroom including making him switch schools because "the homework wasn't hard enough." He plans to continue his educational journey, both formally and informally. He hopes to build an even stronger foundation of education for his own life while inspiring others to do the same.
Tickets for the event are $150 per person and can be purchased from the CSUB School of Business and Public Administration. Corporate table sponsorships are also available. For further information and ticket purchases, call 654-2157.
For more information:Keith Brice, (661) 322-4241
Media ContactColleen Dillaway, Director of Public Affairs & Communications