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CCCCD Students Receive Scholarships

CCCCD Students Receive Scholarships

June 25, 2004 --Three students at Collin County Community College have received scholarships to pursue their dreams at major universities. Bree Barton, Elicia Garcia and Vanessa Testoni-Corder, recent CCCCD graduates, will be attending Amherst University, the University of Memphis and SMU, respectively.

Bree Barton, a resident of McKinney, will be completing her educational career at Amherst University in Massachusetts, a premier liberal arts college, ranked No. 2 in the nation overall this year by U.S. News and World Report. Barton's full scholarship will allow her to work towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and European studies. At CCCCD, Barton was on the President's List with a 4.0 G.P.A. She was a student leader of the Civic Engagement Team, a member of Psi Beta, an honor society for Psychology majors, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year college students. Her personal interests include theatre, piano, vocal training, dance and writing.

Elicia Garcia, a resident of Plano, will study music education at the University of Memphis in the renowned Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. She received a full, four-year scholarship, the last two years of which she will apply toward a graduate degree in music performance. At CCCCD, Garcia co-founded a chapter of LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and served as a student ambassador. She mentored students in a bilingual reading program at several elementary schools. Her personal interests include singing opera and playing jazz.

Vanessa Testoni-Corder, a resident of Allen, will study guitar performance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She received a considerable scholarship for her guitar skills, and the rest was based on her grades, a steady 3.89 G.P.A. At CCCCD, Testoni-Corder made the president's and deans' lists every semester she was here and was a member of the CCCCD guitar ensemble. Her personal interests include "anything to do with music,"--playing in the praise band at her church in Allen, for example--and making a home with her new husband.