Scholarship recipients announced for John Brock Endowment

Jon Van BoeningOn Sept. 6, 2012 at Seven Oaks Country Club, the prestigious John Brock Community Service Award will be presented to Jon Van Boening, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bakersfield Memorial Hospital (BMH). Included in this event is the award of four John Brock Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each to highly deserving students in the School of Business and Public Administration (BPA) at California State University, Bakersfield. The scholarships are funded from the event's proceeds 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:

- Grant Garcia – Grant transferred to CSUB from Bakersfield College and is a senior majoring in business marketing. He credits working eight years in the family business, Gamestor, for priceless business knowledge and life lessons. Grant maintains a 3.8 GPA. He was elected vice president of Bakersfield Business Leadership Academy and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for students in internationally accredited business schools. Grant's volunteer work includes YMCA events, Bakersfield College's food pantry, and projects at BC that enabled improvements in the business building. He will be graduating from CSUB in Spring 2013, the first in his family to obtain a bachelor's degree. After college, Grant plans to work for a major sales and marketing firm.

- Sarabeth Grawe – Sarabeth is a senior majoring in Business Administration. Sarabeth grew up in the state of Washington with her father, an attorney, and mother, a secretary. After high school, she attended Clover Park Technical College for a Private Pilot Certificate and Instrument Rating. During this period, she met her husband who was in the military. They have a two-year-old boy. After moving to California, Sarah decided to become an accountant and enrolled at CSUB. Sarabeth works full time in addition to attending CSUB. Upon graduation, she plans to become a CPA to advance her career.

- Harjot Kaur – At the age of five, Harjot moved with her family from India to the United States in search of a better life. After settling in Bakersfield, Harjot attended Planz Elementary, McKee Elementary, Greenfield Junior High, and South High School. She graduated from Bakersfield College with an associate's degree in Business Administration prior to enrolling at CSUB. She is pursuing the Business Administration degree with a concentration in Human Resources. She is President of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) student club. She plans to work with local businesses and contribute to Bakersfield being a great place for individuals to live, work, and learn.

- Gregory C. Malone – Gregory is a junior who recently transferred to CSUB from Porterville College where he earned his associate's degree in Business Administration with a 4.0 GPA. While at Porterville College, Gregory was presented with a Medal of Distinction in Political Science and named Scholar of the Year by the Academic Senate. He was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He is continuing his education at CSUB in pursuit of a bachelors' degree in Business Administration and plans to go into financial accounting and marketing.

Tickets to the event are $150 per person and can be purchased from the CSUB School of Business and Public Administration by calling 661-654-2157. For more information about the event, call Keith Brice at 661-322-4241.

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