Three Students Receive Global Citizenship Scholarships


And… this photo is for the winners of the GC Scholarship, to remind them of the power inherent in helping others to bridge their transitions in life: Ponte Dom Luís I spans the Duoro River from Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia in Portugal. This metal arch bridge was designed by Théophile Seyrig, a partner of Gustave Eiffel, and was built in 1886. It has stood the test of time and is now designated as a cultural heritage “Property of Public Interest.”(Photo by DMG June 2017)

Following a tradition started in 2005 when the WVC Global Citizenship Committee first convened, this fall 2016 semester three students were awarded scholarships to help them meet their educational needs. Funds for these scholarships are usually donated and/or procured by faculty members of the WVC Global Citizenship Committee and are awarded on both the basis of need and or merit.

The GC Committee is grateful to have worked with the WVC Director of Enrollment and Financial Services and the Financial Aide Specialist who very expertly facilitated the processing of these three scholarships. Their work helped to make a positive difference in these students’ lives at WVC.

This semester’s winners of the Global Citizenship Scholarship are: Niloufar Adelkhani, Polina Khapikova, and Jennifer Madrigal. Niloufar Adelkhani has completed 36 units and maintains a 3.8 GPA. Jennifer Madrigal has completed 45 units and maintains a 3.05 GPA.

The GC Committee is very pleased to have received a thank you note from one of the recipients, Polina Khapikova.

February 1, 2017

Global Citizenship Scholarship Committee

West Valley College

14000 Fruitvale Avenue

Saratoga, California

Attn Global Citizenship Scholarship Committee:

I am writing to express my gratitude for the generous $350 Global Citizenship Committee Scholarship. I was very excited to learn I had been granted this award.

I am an Applied Mathematics major who has been studying at West Valley College for 6 semesters. I hope to transfer to the University of California, Davis after this term and pursue my Bachelor’s degree. Upon graduating, I aim to work in climate change research or with earthquake prediction models.

This semester, I am taking 20 units, in addition to working at the Math Resource Center on campus, acting as the president of the West Valley College STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering) Club, and participating in the college’s Pride Club. Your generous award has allowed me to focus on my studies and leadership positions, and worry less about paying for my education.


Polina Khapikova

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