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Wednesday, March 17, 2011

Chris Bender, 619.482.6564

Southwestern College Students Take Top Honors in International Competition

Students Lamun Sellers and Gloria Bradley Win First and Second Place In Soroptimist Club Award Competition

CHULA VISTA, CA – As part of Women’s History Month, Southwestern College today announced that students Lamun Sellers and Gloria Bradley won first and second place, respectively, in the Women’s Opportunity Award, an international scholarship provided by the Soroptimist Club of La Jolla. Sellers received $3,000 and Bradley $2,000 to help cover the costs of books, childcare and transportation.

“As we remember the accomplishments of great women of the past, it is important to emphasize the many accomplishments of today’s young women,” Dr. Jean Roesch, Southwestern College Governing Board Trustee and member of the Soroptimist Club, said. “The Soroptimist organization continues to help our female students receive the education they deserve and the chance to succeed.”

The annual scholarship provides award opportunities to women who are:

  • the primary source of financial support for their families, and;
  • are enrolled or have been accepted into a skills training or undergraduate degree program.

Sellers, a Nursing major and Bradley, a Biology major, were awarded scholarships based on winning essays discussing their stories of struggle, success and determination. They will receive their awards at the Club’s annual luncheon on Saturday, March 19 in San Diego.

“To me this award means a lot. The fact that someone has noticed that it’s not about where I have been, but where I am headed,” Bradley said. “Someone has noticed how hard I am trying to better mine and my family’s future and that is what makes me proud.”

To help students enter this contest, the College’s Women’s Resource Center hosted scholarship writing workshops and sessions with previous winners who helped applicants write a more effective essay. The Center is located on the College’s main campus in Chula Vista and serves as a resource for all women and men seeking information on academic matters, student services, crisis assistance, child care and more.

About Southwestern College

Accredited since 1964, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County, serving approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College offers more than 312 associate degree and certificate options.


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