Fontana Residents Receive Scholarships to Help With College Expenses | New

Fontana residents Carolina Rodriguez and Alana Okonkwo recently received scholarships worth $2,500 to help pay for their college fees.

California Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes honored the two students through the Minerva Scholarship Program, which was created by Women in California Leadership to support the advancement and empowerment of women .

Okonkwo will enter his freshman year at Stanford University, having graduated with the class of 2022 from Etiwanda High School with a grade point average of 4.4. She was a member of the LGBTQ Pride Club, the Black Student Union, the Link Crew, and the Government Affairs and Policy Committee. She was also a member of the matching committee for a youth-led voting initiative.

“This scholarship has had a very significant impact on my life and on the trajectory of my academic career. This scholarship will help me pay for my university education which is very important for me as it will also allow me to continue devoting my time to my advocacy work,” Okonkwo said.

Rodriguez started on the path to higher education in 2013. While in school, she also entered the professional world and worked with San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services as a marketing campaign manager, and at the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, Office of Victim Services. . Now, she has been admitted into the Masters of Public Administration program as well as the two-year Masters of Social Work program at Cal State San Bernardino.

“Winning the Minerva Scholarship gives me the validation I need to continue and pursue my educational goals,” Rodriguez said.

“The Minerva Scholarships are an important step in empowering our young women as they pursue higher education,” Reyes said. “I have every confidence that Alana and Carolina will be successful in their businesses.”

For more information on the requirements and full details of the scholarships, go to the Foundation’s website at

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