New scholarship funds and educational grants may soon be available to Cerritos College students.
At the Sept. 5 meeting of the Cerritos College Board of Trustees, Dr. Noelia Vela, college president, informed the Board that the College administration is seeking new grants from Federal and private institutions.
From the Department of Education (ED) the College is in the process of applying for Title V grants.
Title V is an ED program that provides grants to educational institutions serving Hispanic students.
Among the private grantors of educational funds, Dr. Vela advised the board of ongoing contacts with the James Irvine Foundation and Project Hope.
The California based, Irvine Foundation provides educational grants to low income students.
Project Hope is an international medical assistance non-governmental organization.
Vela further cautioned that the application process for grants from governmental and private institutions requires extensive, detailed and timely reporting to justify the college requests.
The college president assured the board that the administration was making a concerted effort to meet all these requirements.
Dr. Stephen Johnson, vice president of Student Services had more news for recipients of student aid.
Johnson informed the board that the Federal Pell Grant maximum award for low income students increased from $4,050 to $4310, retroactive to July, for full time students.
He also reported that early semester student activities, such as Club Information Day, Welcome Day and the Senate Elections, all attracted student interest.
Vice President of Business Services Jo Ann Higdon, informed the Board that the final yearly budget would be available for the Oct. 3 board meeting.
The budget, Higdon said, would contain no surprises.
On the college budget, Board President Thomas Jackson, said after the meeting, that in recent years attendance and the budget have remained relatively static.