Rudnick Fund Distributes First Scholarships of $26,000
Aug 20, 2014
(Bakersfield, CA, August 18, 2014) – The Oscar and Libbie Rudnick Scholarship Fund (“Fund”) at Kern Community Foundation (“Foundation”) has awarded its first scholarships totaling $26,000. The scholarships were awarded to 11 recent graduates high schools across Kern County. The students had an average grade point average of 4.02. Many are the first in their families to attend college.
The Oscar and Libbie Rudnick Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 by Dr. David Falk to honor the memory of Oscar and Libbie Rudnick, his late wife’s parents. Mr. and Mrs. Rudnick immigrated to the United States to escape persecution and oppression in Czarist Russia. Settling in Kern County, they raised a family and through hard work, talent and skill, established an agribusiness industry of major importance to the economy of Kern County.
The scholarships were awarded to the following students:
· Matthew Whitaker, graduate of Stockdale High School in Bakersfield, attending Bakersfield College with the goal of becoming a firefighter.
· Jaycee Shugart, graduate of Liberty High School in Bakersfield, attending Fresno State with a major in Animal Science (Pre-Veterinary)
· Katelyn Johnson, graduate of Highland High School in Bakersfield, attending Cal Poly Pomona with a major in Architecture
· Marisol Gonzalez, graduate of Robert F. Kennedy High School in Delano, attending UC Berkeley with the goal of becoming an attorney
· Cornelio Martinez, graduate of Arvin High School, attending California State University, Northridge with a major in Physics
· Angelica Osorio, graduate of Golden Valley High School in Bakersfield, attending UCLA with the goal of becoming a reconstructive surgeon