MSJC Foundation Scholarship Breakfast awards more than $200,000

SAN JACINTO – The Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation awarded 101 MSJC students with scholarships totaling $115,649 during its annual Student Scholarship Awards Breakfast on Thursday, May 15 at the Soboba Country Club in San Jacinto.

During the ceremony, three MSJC students received the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. Irvin Calderon of Perris, Aaron Hansen of Sun City, and Christopher Blake Leeper of Wildomar will transfer to four-year universities thanks to the $30,000-a-year renewable scholarship.

David Pese of Perris earned a $5,000 award from the SOCO Institute for the restaurant business plan he pitched during The Competition. It was the first Shark Tank-style event organized by the MSJC Business Department to help student entrepreneurs get real-world experience in business plan writing and presentation.  

The addition of the Jack Kent Scholarship brought the total award amount handed out during the scholarship breakfast to $205,649.

Maureen Njuguna, the event’s student speaker, received the Temecula Valley AAUW, Coca Cola, Guistwhite, and Edison International Scholar Program scholarships. She told the audience how she arrived in the U.S. in 2010 and began attending MJSC. She is planning on transferring to a four-year university this fall.

“I just want to thank the Mt. San Jacinto College community for supporting my dream as an immigrant student,” she said.

Scholarship awards are based on a person’s academic metric and financial needs. The MSJC Foundation Scholarship Committee is made up of dedicated Foundation board members who review each application and select the recipients.

The funds can be used for tuition, books, school supplies or equipment. The MSJC Foundation accepts donations for scholarships throughout the year. For more information on how to contribute, visit

The scholarship breakfast followed MSJC’s annual Honors Convocation, held the night before in the library on the San Jacinto Campus. The convocation recognizes outstanding and distinguished students for their exemplary contributions to the educational experience. Honors Convocation is also an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of students who have made extraordinary strides as students.

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