FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Central Coast, CA, June 29, 2021 – Angelica Ramirez Raygoza has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the John Fowler Scholarship. Named in recognition of PSHH’s previous President & CEO, this award provides a $1,000 award to the People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH) student with the highest GPA. The scholarship is in support of their next steps in higher education.
“Congratulations to Angelica! Many years of hard work and dedication to her education have resulted in this impressive GPA and this scholarship is just one way for us to celebrate and acknowledge her success,” said Joanna Dominguez, PSHH Director of Education. “We know that Angelica’s achievements will serve as an inspiration for so many of our future students in the Camino Scholars program.”
Angelica is graduating with a 4.209 GPA and will be pursuing a career in early childhood education or sociology. She will be starting school in the fall at Santa Barbara City College, with plans to transfer to a four-year school. Angelica first got involved in the Camino Scholars program at the PSHH Learning Center in Goleta. When speaking of the program she says, “The environment was amazing and [I loved how] everyone was easily able to connect with each other.”
Camino Scholars serves over 400 students per year at its 11 onsite learning centers which are located across three counties. As evidenced by standardized test scores, the curriculum significantly improves math and literacy skills and accompanies students on the path of lifelong learning. The program also helps prepare college-bound students with application assistance, financial aid navigation, career exploration workshops, campus visits, and mentorship. This relationship continues through graduation of the terminal degree; the program just saw its first student enrolled in PhD studies.
To learn more or to financially support the Camino Scholar program, please visit pshhc.org/education.
About People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH)
Founded in 1970, PSHH is the longest-serving nonprofit affordable housing organization on the Central Coast. With a mission of building homes and providing services to strengthen communities and change lives, PSHH serves low-income households, working families, seniors, veterans, farmworkers, those living with disabilities and the formerly homeless. It also provides homeownership opportunities through a self-help, “sweat equity” program that has seen over 1,200 homes successfully completed. PSHH has a presence in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Monterey counties, manages over 2,000 rental units, and employs over 200 staff members. For more information, visit pshhc.org, email email@example.com or phone (805) 781-3088.
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