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Letters From our Students



Dear Peralta Foundation and Wanda Garcia Memorial Scholarship Committee,

I am writing to thank you so much for awarding me this scholarship. It’s been a tough semester for me financially, and finding out that I had been chosen for this award was the most wonderful thing that could happen to me.

Thanks to your generosity, I will be able to take some time off work and focus on my upcoming finals, something that is especially important, as this will be the semester I apply to UC. I hope that with the support of this scholarship, I will be able to follow a career in biology that would have made Ms. Garcia proud.

Thanks again,

Liz McAlpine



Dear Peralta Scholarship Committee,

I am writing to thank you most sincerely for awarding me the generous $250 Cornelia Lasley Field Memorial Scholarship. As I prepare to both graduate from Berkeley City College and transfer to a four year university, this extra boost in funding is most welcome and appreciated.

I am finishing my second year at Berkeley City College, where I serve as the Chief Justice of our student government’s Judicial Council as well as the founder of United Parents at BCC, a student parent collective which seeks to support and advocate for student parents.  After graduating next month with my associate’s degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis on Social Sciences, I hope to major in Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley with a minor in Human Rights. After graduation, I hope to pursue a law degree in Refugee and Asylum Law.

By awarding me the Cornelia Lasley Field Memorial Scholarship, you have helped relieve the financial burden I face as the single mother of a three year old daughter. I am able to focus more on my studies now, as well as support my small family. Thank you for this generosity, and for supporting the vibrant and diverse learning community of Berkeley City College.


Bonnie Cherry


For a complete list of available scholarships and information on how to apply click here, or call the Peralta Colleges Foundation at (510) 466-7206.

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