(Santa Ana, CA) Santa Ana College (SAC) announced today that the National Hispanic Business Women Association (NHBWA) awarded SAC student Jonathan Lopez Renteria an educational scholarship. The scholarship was presented on May 23, at Disneyland’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the NHBWA’s 19th Annual Business Women of the Year Awards and Scholarships Luncheon. This is the third consecutive year that Lopez Renteria was awarded the scholarship.
Born and raised in Orange County, Lopez Renteria is a SAC student working toward a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. When not in school, Lopez Renteria balances the responsibilities of being a provider and caregiver for his grandmother. During the 2017 school year, Lopez Renteria volunteered more than 250 hours in school programs that help single parents with food, clothes, and support. Once he graduates, Jonathan is committed to continuing his involvement in his diverse community of Orange County.
“We are so pleased to offer opportunities to students like Jonathan, who wish to pursue higher education,” said Jasmine Quillares, NHBWA president. “To date, the NHBWA has awarded 240 educational scholarships to deserving students and looks forward to awarding many more in the coming years.”
“After a long year of caring for both my mother and my grandmother, being awarded the NHBWA scholarship meant a tremendous amount to both my family and me – a shining moment at a difficult time,” said Lopez Renteria. “I reached my achievements through the support and guidance of many people at Santa Ana College. The wonderful women in SAC’s TRIO program have guided me through my academic journey since the beginning. With their help, I was able to take advantage of all the tutoring resources provided on campus. They’ve also been a resource to discuss difficult personal problems. I also want to thank the great people in EOPS, B2E, and my wonderful math professors Ben Hager and Ken Sill.”
About the National Hispanic Business Women’s Association
The National Hispanic Business Women Association (NHBWA) is a non-profit organization in Orange County, California established in 1997. NHBWA’s purpose is to empower and encourage women and business owners to develop and increase their business through educational seminars and speakers by offering mutual support, the sharing of information, business referrals, and networking. We are committed to educating and empowering entrepreneurs from diverse communities in Orange County. Our goal is to provide specialized information in business development, provide our members with informational resources, and offer opportunities to students who wish to pursue higher education and a career in business.
Since its inception, the NHBWA has awarded 240 educational scholarships to deserving students. This achievement has been possible thanks to the support of their members, corporate sponsors, and donors. For more information visit: www.nationalhbwa.com.
About Santa Ana College
Santa Ana College (SAC), which turned 100 years old in 2015, serves about 18,000 students each semester at its main campus in Santa Ana. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and provides invaluable workforce training and customized training for business and industry. In addition, another 11,000 students are served through the college’s School of Continuing Education located at Centennial Education Center. Ranked as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges awarding associate degrees to Latino and Asian students, the college is also recognized throughout the state for its comprehensive workforce training programs for nurses, firefighters, law enforcement and other medical personnel. SAC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.
Dr. Linda Rose, SAC president; Teresa Mercado-Cota, SAC assistant dean, student services/public affairs; Jonathan Lopez Renteria and Dr. Raul Rodriguez, RSCCD Chancellor.