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NMJC Student Receives Coca-Cola Scholarship

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Angelica Saenz

9/26/2008 2:41:37 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. To be awarded a scholarship is always an honor, but to be one of only 400 recipients of the Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship is an outstanding honor, and that is what one outstanding New Mexico Junior College student has received.

Angelica Saenz, a sophomore nursing student and Hobbs resident, was recently honored with the $1000 scholarship.
It was good news! The scholarship helped not only financially, but also, I didn't have to worry about how to pay for tuition and books," said Saenz. "I was encouraged by [NMJC Counselor] Pat Gorman to apply for it and I did, but didn't really think I would get it."

Through the Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards a total of 400 scholarships annually to students attending two-year institutions such as NMJC. Like all recipients, Saenz has demonstrated academic success and participated in community service. A second-year nursing student, Saenz has already received her LPN and passed the state board exams. When she is not in class she assists at Nor-Lea General Hospital.

Now that I've gone through my first year, I work at Nor-Lea," she said. "It's rewarding to work with the patients - they are appreciative. I always try to go into the room with a smile."

As part of the Scholarship's application, Saenz was required to write an essay. She wrote about how the award would not only be helping her financially at the moment, but also would help her with her future.

"I think it is amazing," said Nursing Instructor Delores Thompson about Saenz's award. "It says a lot about her; the essay must have impressed them. She is smart, kind, polite, and respectful. All the qualities you want to see in a nurse."

Gorman echoed these sentiments. "This award not only recognizes her outstanding accomplishments as a student, but it will also help Angelica complete her associate degree in nursing."

Gorman continued, "New Mexico Junior College is honored to have worked with Coca-Cola to recognize Angelica Saenz as one of 400 two year college students in the USA as a Coca-Cola Scholar. To work with a worldwide company of 90,000+ employees in over 200 countries and the Hobbs Coca-Cola Bottling Company is indeed a great partnership.

Ruben Cordova, general manager of the Hobbs Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and the local office have always worked with NMJC to welcome students at the college's orientation programs, have hired students to work part and full time for them, have supported our athletic programs, and have contributed to the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation. Coca Cola is a great supporter of education and students."

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