2010 Awardees

Jillian Glassett

Jillian Glassett
Major: Applied Physics

"I found out about CI from a college fair in San Diego at the end of my sophomore year in high school. It attracted my attention instantly, and it quickly became my first choice school the more I looked into it. What especially attracted me was the Applied Physics program. It seems to fit with what I want to go in my future career. What pulled me to CI more was the feeling of home and community from the school each time I visited it. I knew this school was perfect for me. The Presidential Scholarship seems to be an opportunity to not only help aid students financially, but also help students achieve more out of their experience at Channel Islands. Going through the interview process for the Presidential Scholarship and getting the call from President Rush still feels like a dream that I never want to wake from. It is a great honor to me already. I cannot wait to become a part of this amazing community."


Aline LaTurner

Aline LaTurner
Major: Biology

"CI and its President's Scholars program has allowed me to fulfill my lifelong dream to learn and teach anything and everything about the world around us. However, CI and this program would not be complete without its caring staff dedicated to student success and the hands-on programs that allow eager students to interact with the world on a deeply profound level. Fortunately, it has all this, all set on a beautiful campus AND a five minutes drive from the Pacific Ocean. I have already met many delightfully kind and upbeat people on my adventures as a CI student, and I plan to make my pathway here to graduate school and my adulthood as an explorer of many fields a fantastic one. Good thing CI already makes it so easy to indeed have a great one!"

Sundee Olson

Sundee Olson
Major: Biology

"Most people were shocked to hear that I had only applied to one college. In all likelihood, this was one of the best decisions I have made in my entire life. From the moment I stepped onto Channel Islands soil, I knew that this was going to be my home for the next four years. I couldn't help but smile at the thought of becoming part of their close-knit community. I was ecstatic when I received the news that I had been accepted into the President’s Scholars Program. I truly feel as though the faculty and staff sincerely care about the success of each and every student. As a biology major, I cannot wait to begin this new and exciting chapter in my life!"

2008 Awardee

Danika Lindsay
Major: Mathematics

“As we were driving up University Drive, we saw a deer crossing sign, and then two deer! I knew then that I would love the school, as it was unlike any college campus I had ever seen. I live right by LAX, so I’m used to seeing building upon building and no open space. I was thrilled by the thought of waking up in the morning and having the mountains and farmland all around me. The one-on-one interaction with professors at CI offers the perfect learning environment for students. Since seeing the CI campus for the first time, I have visited several times and just can’t seem to get enough of it. I can’t wait to take advantage of every math class CI has to offer!”

2007 Awardees

Ryane Cox
Major: Biology

“I am a sophomore pursuing a degree in Biology with an emphasis in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. After I get my degree I plan on getting my Masters and then perhaps my Ph.D., depending on where I am at in my career and life. In the end I want to work with marine mammals in the conservation area. My experience as a President’s Scholar has been amazing. The opportunities it has opened up for me are endless and I know this will forever help me in attaining my goals.”

Brandon Dowling
Major: Political Science and Psychology

“The Presidential Scholarship Program in conjunction with all the other remarkable aspects of CI has made my college experience one I will never forget. The air of excellence that this school possesses is reflected not only by the multitude of services it offers, but also by the esteemed faculty and staff that rise above the occasion to make sure that our learning experience is of the utmost quality. I consider it a distinct honor to be at an institution where so many individuals are committed to student success. I could not ask for more.”

Brad Jashinsky
Major: Computer Science

“I fell in love with this campus as I saw the past, present, and future of the University during a tour of campus. I believe that everyone who attends CI has the ability to be an individual instead of a number, and to create a path of education that is right for them thanks to the support of the instructors and administrators who allow for individuality.” Jashinsky is a graduate of Santa Susana High School, where he carried a grade point average of 4.14. He has experience working for a Website design company and in software development. Jashinsky plans to pursue a degree in computer science with a minor in business to prepare him to achieve his career goals in the Internet industry.

2006 Awardees

Jacob Jones
Major: Psychology

“My experience as a President Scholar has been amazing. This scholarship is so much more than just a financial relief. The faculty at CI really go out of their way to make sure that my college experience is a memorable one. Some events that I have participated at CI are, building a dirt bike tract at Casa Pacifica with the help of Boy Scouts and the Seabees, helping package gifts for kids around the world with the organization Operation Christmas Child, and helping package food for needy kids with the organization Foodshare. I know that the scholarship and the opportunities that come with the scholarship will be even more meaningful in my next two years, as I continue to grow and find out what my future will be.”

Kimberly Tacke
Major: Chemistry

“Attending Channel Islands has been very rewarding for me! Last year I had the opportunity to work on a research project with my Organic Chemistry Professor, which, although it was not entirely successful, was a great learning opportunity. I was also able to go on a trip to Japan with one of my classes over last spring break. The trip was absolutely amazing and through it I made lasting friendships with other students. After having so many wonderful opportunities presented to me over the past year, I look forward to what my future holds at CI.”

2005 Awardees

Jennifer Bonsangue
Major: Mathematics

“As one of the founding President’s Scholars at CI, I have had the unique experience of simultaneously benefitting from, and helping to shape, a program designed for student success. During my time at CI, the faculty and staff have been extremely supportive and have invested time and energy ensuring that my education is top-quality. As I begin my senior year in the mathematics department and apply to graduate schools, I appreciate both the caliber of education that CI provides to all of its students, as well as the individual opportunities that I have had from being a part of this program.”

Melody Mattingly
Major: English

“The French author Anatole France once wrote that “nine tenths of education is encouragement.” As a President’s Scholar, I have been greatly encouraged to pursue my wide-ranging educational interests--from academic conversations in the classroom to campus involvement as the President of Student Programming Board. I am very excited for this school year because this will be my fourth year as a President’s Scholar. Upon graduating in the spring I hope to pursue a career in technical writing in the Ventura County area so that I can serve my community as an alumna of CI.”