May 15, 2024

Mesa College Students Honored with Thousands in Prestigious Community Scholarships

Student Husna Ayoubi won the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, worth up to $165,000

By Emma Rodriguez

 Student Husna Ayoubi won the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

Since March, Mesa students have won prestigious scholarship awards to fund their educational endeavors for the 2024-25 school year and beyond.  Mesa student Husna Ayoubi was chosen to be one 60 community college students selected to receive the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, a highly competitive award that can reach as much as $55,000 each year by financing all or a portion of educational costs, including tuition, room and board, books and required fees. Additionally, students won awards from organizations including the California Law Pathways program, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, and the Coco-Cola Foundation.

From Afghanistan, Husna speaks five languages and volunteers extensively on campus and in the community. She is a cognitive science major, has already finished the Medical Assistant Program and recently completed a medical assistant externship at the Palm Care Cardiology Urgent Care Center in El Cajon.

Among her notable achievements, Husna served as an interpreter at Fort Bliss, Texas, Afghan refugee camp clinic and also has tutored English language learners in the Cajon Valley Union School District. And, as a Mesa College Associated Student Government student senator, she led the implementation of Mesa’s first Teacher Appreciation and Recognition week.

This Spring, Husna and her fellow Mesa student, Aylin Din Parast Saleh, were named Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) 2024 All-California Academic Honor Roll Students.  The students selected for PTK Honor Roll represent some of the best of the 2 million students enrolled in California's 116 community colleges.


Ella Jaravata

Ella Jaravata is another outstanding Mesa student to have won honors.  As a Mesa political science major who hopes to study Environmental Law, she won the Cal LAW Pathways Outstanding Student Scholarship, awarded based on student scholarship, participation, and goals to give back to their community in the area of law to assist young, aspiring lawyers in their education.

“Being a recipient of the Pathway to Law scholarship for community college students was a great privilege and honor.” Says Jaravata. “I am grateful for the financial and community support it will provide me on my journey beyond San Diego Mesa College and into Law School… and I hope to use my voice to advocate for others in the field of Environmental Law.”

Andrea Calles-Virgen is a current Vet Tech student at Mesa who won the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) and Merck Animal Health Scholarship for $2,000. This scholarship supports one “exceptional veterinary student” attending school in the United States and Puerto Rico.

And, several Mesa students have received the Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship, awarded by the San Diego Indian American Society. The award recognizes students who have exemplified Mahatma Gandhi’s commitment to truth, non-violence, equality for all, compassion, and kindness. Natalie Cervantes, Alexandra Laramore, and Jianina Montealto all won the award.

About Mesa San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Mesa College is a fully accredited, comprehensive college committed to equity and excellence. We honor our diverse community of students, faculty, professional staff, and administrators who collaborate to foster scholarship, leadership, access, and innovation in an inclusive learning environment. By promoting student learning and achievement that leads to degrees and certificates, transfer, workforce training, and lifelong learning, we empower our students to reach their educational goals and shape their future. Among the largest community colleges in California, Mesa serves approximately 20,000 students per year, 25% of whom are full-time. Mesa offers over 200 associate degree and certificate programs and is one of 15 California community colleges offering a four-year baccalaureate degree. Mesa ranks as one of San Diego’s top transfer institutions, is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and a Military Friendly Gold Status School, serving nearly 2,500 active duty, veterans, and their families.


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