Candis Cuevas, Vanessa Marquez, and Aimee Zvinakis of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School were named the recipients of the 2009 Guerrier “Hope” Scholarships. The “Hope” scholarships are awarded to credential students who demonstrate the sense of personal courage and hope that Vivian Guerrier embodied as a stalwart member of the Gevirtz School community. Cuevas and Zvinakis are Single Subject Teaching Credential (Art) candidates and Marquez is a Multiple Teaching Subject Teaching Credential candidate in the Gevirtz School’s Teacher Education Program.
This recently endowed scholarship honors longtime Gevirtz School staff member Vivian Guerrier, who died in August 2007 after more than a decade of service to the GGSE and Credential students. Faced with great personal challenges, Guerrier dedicated her life in the GGSE to serving students and exemplified how one person can make a difference in the lives of others. In the ordinary circumstances of her daily work she provided a gracious and welcoming environment for students and was an inspiration for everyone. Through the “Hope” scholarship the School recognizes and encourages students who, like Guerrier, persevere in spite of hardships to accomplish their vision to become educators, and who inspire others with their courage and integrity. Guerrier is remembered as a model of hope to all who knew her. In 2004 she was recognized for her achievements and was awarded the “Unsung Heroine Award” sponsored by the UCSB Professional Women’s Association.
[The 2009 Guerrier Hope Fellowship recipients are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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Photo Caption: Members of the Guerrier Family with the Hope Scholarship recipients: (from l-r) Steve Caron, Amy Caron, Rachel Mello, Jon Mello, Scholarship Recipient Candis Cuevas, Scholarship Recipient Vanessa Marquez, Ken Guerrier, Scholarship Recipient Aimee Zvinakis, Ron Kok of the Teacher Education Program.