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

· Veronica Garcia, graduate of McFarland High School, attending Chico State with the goal of becoming a nurse 

· Angelique Rangel, graduate of McFarland High School, attending Chico State with a major in Psychology

· Patricia Garcia, graduate of East Bakersfield High School, attending UC Merced with a major in Psychology 

· Maria Median, graduate of McFarland High School, attending UC Santa Barbara with a major in Sociology 

· Diana Vanezuela, graduate of McFarland High School, attending University of Southern California with a major in Civil Engineering


Kern Community Foundation is a vibrant nonprofit enterprise with the powerfully simple mission of growing community and growing philanthropy.  The Foundation is in business to serve as a charitable resource for local donors and corporations, and to generate capital that provides philanthropic solutions to help make Kern County a better place to live, to work and to visit. Since its establishment in 1999, the Foundation has grown to hold more than 100 charitable funds with assets of more than $18 million, and has awarded more than $11 million to improve Kern County’s quality of life.

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