Monday, June 20, 2011

FURTHER INFORMATION:       Paula Green 626-914-8873, Stacy Armstrong 626-857-4082


Citrus College Alumna Pays it Forward
By Rachel White


Anneliese Trujillo, 22, of West Covina is so proud and grateful to be an alumna of Citrus College that she has decided to give back to her Alma Mater by contributing to the Citrus College Foundation.


Trujillo received the 2010 Latina Leadership Network Scholarship, which helped her with college expenses when she transferred to Cal Poly Pomona where she is now majoring in sociology. Trujillo chose to help fund the same scholarship so that another student could benefit as she had.


“When I received that scholarship from the Latina Leadership Network, I felt empowered,” Trujillo reflected. “It was my crowning achievement as a Citrus student. It meant that others believed in me. I want to make that same impact on someone else’s life.”


For Trujillo, her time at Citrus College was marked by considerable growth both academically and socially.


“When I graduated from Covina High School in 2007, I lacked motivation,” she said. “Citrus helped me change. The faculty and staff are amazing, especially the counselors in EOP&S (Extended Opportunities Programs and Services). They encouraged me and motivated me. I received individualized attention, and I knew that they genuinely cared about me.”


With a support structure in place, Trujillo’s self -confidence soared and she soon became involved on campus, serving as vice president of the Alpha Gamma Sigma honor society and secretary of the Associated Students of Citrus College student government board. She also joined Psi Beta, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Latina Leadership Network and worked two jobs in the Learning Center and Math Success Center.


“My grades improved and I was making the President’s and Dean’s lists every semester, eventually becoming a finalist for Citrus’s “Woman of the Year” in 2010,” she said.


Trujillo has continued to excel as a student at Cal Poly Pomona where she serves as the Alpha Kappa Delta fundraiser coordinator. Her fundraising efforts help fellow sociology students attend conferences and participate in research opportunities.


As she advances in her college education, Trujillo remains connected to the place where she got her start.


“I’m a member of the Citrus College family,” she said. “I keep in contact with students and several staff members who I now consider my friends. I take pride in being a Citrus alumna.”


As for the scholarship she is helping to fund, Trujillo said she is excited to be part of another student’s success story.


“I look at the talented young ladies in the Latina Leadership Network, and I want to tell them that they can do great things,” she said. “They can change the world. I love them and pray for them. I also want to encourage others to give whatever they can to make a difference in someone’s life. Let’s help each other!”


The Citrus College Board of Trustees and the Citrus Community College District have proclaimed May to be Citrus College Alumni Month. The college celebrates the outstanding achievements and generosity of its alumni— including Anneliese Trujillo, class of 2010.





FURTHER INFORMATION:       Paula Green 626-914-8873, Stacy Armstrong 626-857-4082