Students awarded scholarships thanks to California Rehabilitation Center employees

From left, Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins, Abdul Saafir, student Malikah Saafir and CRCEA President Barry Dixon were on hand for the scholarship awards.

From left, Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins, Abdul Saafir, student Malikah Saafir and CRCEA President Barry Dixon were on hand for the scholarship awards.

By Lt. James Herrera, A.A., Public Information Officer
California Rehabilitation Center

Thanks to the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) and its employees, four students are off to solid starts on their college careers. The group recently awarded $1,250 in scholarships.

CRC Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins and the CRC Employees’ Association (CRCEA) awarded one student a $500 scholarship, and three students received scholarships of $250 each.

Three of the students were aspiring college freshman, and the final recipient is continuing her college education.

Malikah Saafir is a graduate of Valley View High School in Moreno Valley. She graduated with a 4.2 grade point average (GPA) and began her college career this fall at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.

From left, Damaris Gutierrez, Prisca Diala and Malikah Saafir received scholarships.

From left, Damaris Gutierrez, Prisca Diala and Malikah Saafir received scholarships.

Saafir is pursuing a degree in psychology with a goal of becoming a Clinical Psychologist. She is the daughter of Muslim Chaplain Abdul Saafir.

Damaris Gutierrez is a graduate of Shadow Hills High School in Indio. She graduated with a 4.4 GPA and began her college career this fall at University of California, Los Angeles. Gutierrez is pursuing a degree in English, with a minor in film production.

She is the daughter of Vocational Instructor, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Jorge Gutierrez.

Prisca Diala is a graduate of Upland High School in Upland. She graduated with a 4.4 GPA and began her college career this fall at Pomona College in Claremont. Diala is pursuing a degree in biology with a goal of becoming a doctor.

She is the daughter of Correctional Licensed Vocational Nurse Florence Anyanwu.

Pamela Diala is continuing her education at Pomona College in Claremont.  She currently has a 3.5 GPA and began her sophomore year of college career this fall at Pomona College in Claremont. Diala is pursuing a degree in psychology.

She is the daughter of Correctional LVN Florence Anyanwu.

“We wish these aspiring professionals well in their endeavors to pursue higher education. The CRCEA is excited to be a part of their future success,” said Barry Dixon, CRCEA president.

“This is what CRCEA is all about, giving to our employees and their families,” said Warden Cynthia Tampkins.

 

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