Staff Report

Generous donors continued to change the odds for Allan Hancock College students this year by donating more than $500,000 to hundreds of Hancock students through the Allan Hancock College Foundation Scholarship program.

This year, 304 students received 451 scholarships totaling more than $503,000. In lieu of the foundation’s annual scholarship banquet, recipients utilized Zoom to meet and thank their donors in a safe and socially distanced format.

“These students worked tirelessly to overcome an unprecedented challenge this year and our donors really stepped up to help them,” said Hancock Executive Director of College Advancement Jon Hooten. “It’s a testament to the investment our community makes to supporting our students.”

Hancock student Jacquelyn Huebner received the prestigious Marian Hancock Scholarship. Named in honor of the late wife of Captain G. Allan Hancock, the $10,000 scholarship is awarded to one outstanding student each year who exemplifies service to the school, scholastic achievement and personal conduct. Huebner is the 55th student to win the Marian Hancock Scholarship since 1967.

Huebner is graduating from Hancock with a liberal arts degree in mathematics and science for transfer. In the fall, Huebner plans to transfer to Cal Poly where she will major in animal science with an emphasis in equine science. In addition to her studies, Huebner is a member of Hancock’s new Rodeo Club, participates in riding competitions, and operates her own business giving riding lessons. Despite her busy schedule, Huebner maintained a 4.0 GPA during her time at Hancock. 

“As soon as I was old enough to know what a horse was, I was hooked,” said Huebner. “The reward of a career lies within the privilege of doing something you are passionate about, and after exploring several subjects and career paths at Hancock, it became obvious that there would be no better or more fulfilling path for me than that of a life with horses.”

A scholarship committee comprised of 15 Hancock faculty, staff and foundation board members chose this year’s recipients from nearly 1,000 applications.

The Allan Hancock College Foundation has been a resource for thousands of Allan Hancock College students since 1977. The foundation has raised funds over the years that have changed lives through education by touching every aspect of the college’s life, including scholarships, programs, projects, and faculty and staff development.