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Cuesta College awards more than $340,000 in scholarships to 239 students

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Cuesta College. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

San Luis Obispo County

Cuesta College awarded 239 students with scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year, disbursing $340,564 in funds to support student success.

The college recently hosted nearly 250 scholarship donors and student recipients at the 28th annual scholarship reception. A total of 449 scholarships were awarded this year; some recipients received more than one.

Recipients are current students at Cuesta College, incoming transfers and high school students who are attending the college in fall 2017. Scholarship monies may be used for tuition, books and other expenses.

“Although attending Cuesta College is much more affordable than a four-year university, the cost to attend is still a financial challenge for many of our students,” executive director of the Cuesta College Foundation/Advancement Shannon Hill said. “The support of individual donors and public organizations is a testament that the community is behind our students, cheering them on as they pursue higher education.”

The scholarships do not include the Promise Scholarship, which offers a fee-free fall and spring semester to SLO County high school graduates. Last year, 720 students received the Promise Scholarship.

Cuesta College counted 910 graduates at its commencement ceremony on May 19, 2017, in San Luis Obispo. Cuesta Superintendent Gil Stork said that the graduating class is "breaking barriers."

San Luis Obispo

Tolosa Winery recently held an art and wine reception to support San Luis Obispo county artisans. A total of $3,400 was collected from ticket sales for the Art, Wine and Music Encounter, benefiting ARTS Obispo and the San Luis Obispo Symphony.

June McIvor, general manager of Tolosa, presented $1,700 to Angela Tahti, executive director of ARTS Obispo, and $1,700 to Catherine Lansdowne, executive director of the San Luis Obispo Symphony.

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