President Scholar Profiles
Fernando Gutierrez
Fernando Gutierrez

Fernando Gutierrez is proud of the fact that he is helping his family save money while attending West Hills College Coalinga as a President’s Scholar. “I was accepted at several CSUs but I didn’t qualify for financial aid or grants. I worked hard in high school but I didn’t get anything,” the 2012 Tranquillity High School graduate said.

Beyond the financial savings, Fernando likes the small class sizes at West Hills College Coalinga. “I came from a small school and the classes here are small. The instructors are willing to help and teachers really care about you and want you to succeed in the classroom.”  

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Elisabet Labrador
Elisabet Labrador

Elisabet Labrador’s parents understand the value of collegethey were just hard-pressed to pay for it. As a result of Elisabet’s hard work in high school, they’ll have help with tuition and books thanks to the President’s Scholars Program.

The 2012 Coalinga High School graduate enrolled at West Hills College Coalinga for fall semester. She had been accepted at Fresno State. The cost of living in Fresno or driving from her home in Coalinga to the CSU campus was just too much and her parents were also concerned that at 17, she was too young.

Her father, who attended high school in Mexico until he was 16 and has a gardening service, and her mother, who left school after completing elementary school in Mexico and works at the garlic plant in Coalinga, both wanted their daughter to stay focused on school and not get a low-paying job that might interfere with her education.

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Hayley Munroe
Hayley Munroe

Hayley Munroe is determined to attend college and the West Hills Community College Foundation President’s Scholars Program has made that possible.

The Hanford East High School graduate is now a sophomore at West Hills College Lemoore and well on the way to earning an associate’s degree in liberal arts that will eventually lead to a bachelor’s degree and becoming a teacher working with deaf students.

Hayley discovered American Sign Language during her second year of high school and came to love the community, the culture and the people associated with it. She was president of the ASL Club in high school. She had planned to go straight to Fresno State but said there was just no way that she could afford it since her mother works three jobs just to make ends meet. Instead, she came to WHCL as a President’s Scholar and has no regrets.   

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Tia Ruggles
Tia Ruggles

Tia Ruggles--West Hills College Coalinga and the President’s Scholars Program are blessings in disguise

Tia Ruggles sees spending her first two years of college close to home attending West Hills College Coalinga as a President’s Scholar as a blessing in disguise--comparing the free tuition and books she received for her first two years at West Hills to her brother’s $20,000 in student loans for his first three years at Fresno State. She figures she saved about $48,000 while she was at WHCC compared to what she would have spent if she had gone to school in San Diego where she had previously planned to attend.

Beyond the financial savings, attending college close to home provided a major benefit as she underwent treatments for thyroid cancer that did not interrupt her education at West Hills.

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