Congratulations to Samantha Rushing, this year’s President’s Medallion Award winner from Berkeley City College. Rushing knew early that she wanted to be an English teacher. Growing up just outside Stockton, she wished her teachers were more inspiring. At age 16, she decided that teaching would be her professional goal and, although there were a few bumps along the road, that goal has never wavered.
The future teacher was hired as an English tutor her first semester at BCC and has helped dozens of students. She has also served as the secretary of the Associated Students at Berkeley City College. A single parent of a 4-year-old girl, Rushing was accepted to UC Santa Cruz, Sacramento State University and California State University, East Bay, and she is waiting to hear from UC Davis and UC Berkeley.
BCC’s Graduation will be at 7 pm on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at Zellerbach Hall — visit the Graduation website for details.
View the full list of Spring 2016 Peralta Colleges Foundation Scholarship & Award Recipients