Students of Distinction 2021


DEADLINE TO APPLY: Thursday, March 19, 2021 before 5:00 pm

 

Each year twenty (20) students are honored and publicly recognized for their outstanding achievement at the Students of Distinction Awards Ceremony, sponsored by Student Life and Leadership. Each student who is selected to receive this prestigious award will receive a scholarship sponsored by Associated Students, Dr. Janet and Henry Emoto, Schlinger Students of Distinction, Fullerton College Faculty Wives, District Management Association (DMA), various donors from Fullerton College, and the Friends of the Fullerton College Foundation (funds may vary from year-to-year, depending on the availability of donations collected).

Students with the highest score overall from each category will be forwarded to the final selection committee, which will choose the final top two students who will each be awarded the “Distinguished Student of the Year” and will receive an additional scholarship. Additionally, Students of Distinction awardees will be given the opportunity to audition to be a student speaker for the annual Fullerton College Commencement ceremony. Only Students of Distinction are considered as student speakers for Commencement and it is a tradition and honor bestowed on each awardee.

 

NOMINATION CATEGORIES

Students at Fullerton College who display qualities of leadership, individuality, distinctiveness, integrity, honor, and excellence may apply for the prestigious Students of Distinction scholarship award in any of the following categories. Student scholarship applicant must submit two (2) letters of recommendation from Fullerton College faculty, staff, and/or administrators to be forwarded to the selection process. The student may compete in only ONE category and the student shall choose which category to compete in.

Each nomination category will have a selection committee of five individuals from Fullerton College campus constituent groups such as Faculty Senate, District Management Association, Classified Senate, and Associated Students.  A selection committee will choose five (5) deserving students who will each be designated as a Student of Distinction in each of following categories:


Academic Achievement

The student who competes in this category must have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 3.75 Cumulative GPA (High Honors in accordance to FC Graduation Requirements)
  • 27 units completed at Fullerton College at time of the nomination and shall be graduating and/or transferring by the end of Summer Session 2021 or completed a Certificate Program by the end of Summer Session 2021
  • Currently enrolled in credit classes at Fullerton College during Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021
  • Not a previous Student of Distinction recipient
 
Competitive Achievement

The student who competes in this category must have shown and performed outstanding performance through competitions representing a team and/or group at Fullerton College and on behalf of the College, and meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 2.75 Cumulative GPA
  • 27 units completed at Fullerton College at the time of nomination and shall be graduating and/or transferring by the end of Summer Session 2021 or completed a Certificate Program by the end of Summer Session 2021
  • Currently enrolled in credit classes at Fullerton College during Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021
  • Not a previous Student of Distinction recipient
 
Personal Achievement

The student who competes in this category must have persevered and successfully overcome severe hardships and challenges as a student at Fullerton College, and meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 2.75 Cumulative GPA
  • 27 units completed at Fullerton College at the time of nomination and shall be graduating and/or transferring by the end of Summer Session 2021 or completed a Certificate Program by the end of Summer Session 2021
  • Currently enrolled in credit classes at Fullerton College during Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021
  • Not a previous Student of Distinction recipient
 
Service Achievement

The student who competes in this category must have performed significant service to the College and/or community through leadership activities and/or service work related to a recognized Fullerton College club and/or organization and meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • 27 units completed at Fullerton College at the time of nomination and shall be graduating and/or transferring by the end of Summer Session 2021 or completed a Certificate Program by the end of Summer Session 2021
  • Currently enrolled in credit classes at Fullerton College during Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021
  • Not a previous Student of Distinction recipient

 

*Fullerton College faculty, staff, and administrators who will be writing a letter of recommendation in support of scholarship applicants will be emailed a secure link to upload a confidential letter of recommendation directly to Student Life and Leadership.

For a pdf copy of the above criteria, click on 2021 Students of Distinction Scholarship Packet

The Students of Distinction 2021 will be announced on or before May 7, 2021. Regrettably due to the pandemic, we will not be hosting a public scholarship recognition ceremony on campus this year, however each awardee will sent a celebratory care package along with the scholarship check.