Two corpsmembers receive $1,000 scholarships

The San Joaquin County Office of Education announced the Greater Valley Conservation Corps had an annual recognition lunch to highlight members of the corps and awarded two recipients of a new GVCC Scholarship, a competitive scholarship awarded to assist corpsmembers reach their career or educational goals.

The scholarship was awarded to Katie Yang, 20, and Roberto José Henriquez, 22. The scholarship is $1,000.

According to the SJCOE, Henriquez completed high school and entered community college as his family moved from place to place in the Bay Area. Jumping from home to home for years, he now lives in Stockton and is attending San Joaquin Delta College. His goal, the SJCOE said, is “to become an architect working on sustainable developments that will make the world a better place.” The scholarship would allow him to buy a new laptop to take with him to college and to continue practice his drafting.

Yang is only a few classes away from earning her associate’s degree at Delta College and her goal is to get a master’s degree in psychology. To get there, the SJCOE said, she wants to transfer to a university where she can earn her bachelor’s degree. The scholarship will help pay her way as she works toward the next step to achieve her goal.

The GVCC helps youth 18 to 25 years old with academic instruction, employment opportunities, green-job training, life skills, and more. The GVCC provides services such as habitat restoration, invasive species removal, landscape maintenance, litter removal, graffiti abatement, and recycling to businesses, schools, nonprofits, municipalities, and other organizations throughout San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Amador, and Tuolumne Counties.

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