APTOS — For the 29th consecutive year, philanthropist George Ow Jr. and his family provided American Dream Scholarships of $500 each to local high school seniors.
The Ow Family awarded 141 high school seniors American Dream Scholarships in a recent ceremony. During the ceremony, Ow addressed the students and reflected on his own experience at community college.
“Every class, I learned something new and exciting, and that’s what I wish for you: for you to come to Cabrillo to learn every day," Ow said. "Learn something new. Learn something you never dreamed about.”
Since 1989, the Ow Family has awarded more than $608,000 to graduating high school students coming to Cabrillo.
Eleven scholarship recipients spoke at the ceremony and thanked the Ow Family for their support. One graduating senior from Aptos High, Allyson Goldman, intends to use her scholarship as she pursues a career in nursing at Cabrillo.
“In my eyes, Cabrillo is the best option for me as it is more affordable, while still having an amazing medical program," Goldman said. "I would like to thank George Ow Jr. and the Ow Family for their generosity and kindness. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for me.”
The Cabrillo College Foundation has provided more than $900,000 in scholarships to students each year.