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Three student in Transitions program receive generous grants to continue college


Three Mt. Hood Community College students, all in a special program called Transitions, received prestigious Ford Family Foundation scholarships to continue their educations.

Christina Gomez was awarded a Ford Opportunity Scholarship. She escaped domestic violence and plans to finish her education and resume a teaching career she began in Mexico.

After completing her two years at MHCC, Gomez plans to transfer to Portland State University.

Maria Guadalupe Clemente also received an Opportunity Scholarship. A single parent to a teenager, she will be the first in her family to graduate from college.

Clemente hopes to become a nurse practitioner and has completed her prerequisites with a 4.0 grade point average. She plans to practice in underserved communities.

The two are among 44 students from Oregon and Northern California receiving Ford Opportunity Scholarships. The Opportunity grant is for students who are single parents with financial need and stellar school records.

Mariangel Aleman Torres received a grant for the Ford Transfer Scholars Program. This is a new program for students who have already completed their two years at a community college.

Torres is a pre-veterinary student and hopes to work to preserve endangered species. She plans to transfer to Oregon State University and earn a degree in biology.

Torres is among 25 students from Oregon and Northern California to receive a grant under the Ford Transfer Scholars Program.

The grants are renewable and cover up to 90% of each student's unmet financial need for college per academic year, up to $40,000 per year.

Transitions, and sister program Transiciones, help female students prepare for college and plan for careers. The Mt. Hood Community College program provides support and guidance to women who want to develop life skills and study strategies.

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