CONTACT: Kristin Fabos, Director
Marketing & Communications
krfabos [at] cabrillo.edu
February 22, 2010
APTOS, CA — Cabrillo College today announces it will hold its fifth annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration on Wednesday February 24, 2010. The commemoration honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and awards scholarships to Cabrillo students who have written essays illustrating how Dr. King’s philosophy has helped shape their lives.
An exciting addition to this year’s program will be the recognition of George Ow, Jr. and his family and the American Dream Scholarship recipients. At the celebration, the Ow Family will present American Dream Scholarships to 59 local high school seniors. George Ow, Jr. established the American Dream Scholarships 21 years ago to support low-income and ethnic minority high school seniors enrolling at Cabrillo College. Each recipient will be awarded a $500 scholarship.
“The American Dream is that you can come from humble beginnings and if you work hard enough, can become anybody and anything; and when you become…you shall assist others,” said George Ow, Jr., a Santa Cruz County businessman, publisher, philanthropist, and surfer.
Fittingly, the statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. located in the Cabrillo College Quad was commissioned by the Ow family and created by local artist Barrington McClean in 2003.
“We believe in Cabrillo College - it is our community’s college,” said Ow. “We come here as students when we’re 18, return as college supporters when we’re 40 and probably will be back when we’re 80.”
"The Ows are leaders in building our community in many ways,” said Brian King, Cabrillo College president. “The example George Ow and his family have set for the community is truly inspiring.”
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration and American Dream Scholarship Ceremony is open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members and will take place on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Cabrillo College Quad. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Cabrillo College Cafeteria. Refreshments and entertainment will follow.
About The Cabrillo College Foundation
The Cabrillo College Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1962 to raise private donations for the support of Cabrillo programs. Private support is used for student scholarships, research and educational programs, faculty and departmental support, facilities, and equipment. Of the 1,400 community colleges in the nation, the Cabrillo College Foundation ranks among the top 2%. The generosity of Cabrillo College supporters has resulted in top state and national rankings in an annual study of college donors conducted by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE), a subsidiary of RAND Corporation. Local citizens, college staff, faculty and Cabrillo trustees serve on the 34-member foundation board, representing all geographic areas. Over the last ten years, the foundation has raised over $24 million for college initiatives. Donations for the 2008-09 academic year were $2 million. The foundation has helped to build an endowment of over ten million dollars. A recent survey completed by the Network of California Community Colleges ranked Cabrillo College’s endowment as the sixth largest statewide.
About Cabrillo College
Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.