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Pictured is Alber Douglawi, a graduate of Cabrillo High School and Hancock College, who is a recent ExxonMobil scholarship recipient.

The old cliche “what goes around comes around” has taken on new meaning for one Cabrillo High School and Hancock College graduate.

Recent ExxonMobil scholarship recipient Alber Douglawi has already set his sights on giving to the next generation of students in need, just as Exxon recently did for him.

“I would like to sincerely thank the people at ExxonMobil. It truly makes a major difference in my life. This scholarship has inspired me to one day donate scholarship funds so that others may have the same opportunity I had,” he said.

Douglawi, a recent Allan Hancock College graduate and current Cal Poly aerospace engineering major, received a $1,000 scholarship from ExxonMobil through the Hancock Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program that helped to pay for his tuition and housing.

Fellow Hancock grad and Cal Poly student Luz Elena Gomez received the same scholarship.

“Scholarships and services are vital to assist our students, who are educationally and financially disadvantaged, accomplish their educational and career goals,” said Christine Reed, the MESA program coordinator. “ExxonMobil’s gifts make it possible for us to offer more opportunities to our successful transfer students.”

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Four more MESA students will receive scholarships this May as a result of ExxonMobil’s most recent donation of $5,000.

“ExxonMobil is committed to investing in math and science education because we believe it is key in preparing our youth for the challenges of tomorrow,” said Troy Tranquada, ExxonMobil Santa Ynez unit operations superintendent.

“Support for the MESA program and local students furthers their math and science education and better prepares them for careers in those fields.” For more information on the MESA program, call program coordinator Christine Reed at 805-922-6966, ext. 3446, or email creed@hancockcollege.edu.

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