Butte College student Gabriel Dietz has been awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship worth $30,000 a year for up to three years for distinguishing himself inside and outside the classroom.
Dietz is among 40 outstanding community college students nationwide to receive this honor. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Scholarship honors excellence by supporting community college students with financial need to transfer and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year.
Dietz, 31, has been accepted into the University of California, Berkeley where he will begin his studies to earn a degree in Classical Languages.
When he was 15, Dietz took the California High School Proficiency Examination in lieu of earning his high school diploma, and entered Butte College and its honors program.
“The honors program was my highlight experience. The program pushed me to realize I could go to a flagship university. The college prepared me to transfer to UC Berkeley,” Dietz said.
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be nominated by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation faculty representative on their campus. Dietz was nominated for the scholarship by the Jo Anna Birdsall, Director of Career Development and Employment Services and the Phi Theta Kappa Advisor.
Each scholarship application is reviewed by a panel of distinguished university faculty and admissions professionals selected by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The nominees are judged by the panel based on academic achievement and critical thinking ability, financial need, will to succeed, and breadth of interest and activities.