Ralph Bunche Scholars College [Los Angeles City College]

STUDENT Success

The Ralph Bunche Scholars’ Program is proud to showcase our talented students below.

Our students have shown that with hard work, courage, and tenacity, dreams can become a reality. 

We applaud their achievements.

 

Grad picture 2010

Graduation: Spring 2010 

 

                                                                                                                                                                   John Niroula: recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship (Fall 2014); now at MIT

John Niroula, recipient of Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship (Fall 2014); now at MIT

 

 Shant Tokatyan: at UCI's HTCC Conference (Spring 2014): 2nd place for Poster Presentation; now at UCLA

Shant Tokatyan; 2nd place at HTCC's Poster Presentation; now at UCLA

 

  

Read what our alumni say about their experience in the Ralph Bunche Scholars Program!

 

 Here is the story of DAN BAKER:

 Enrolling at LACC was an easy decision for me.  It was conveniently located, the course offerings are outstanding, and the price can’t be beat!  Most importantly, I knew that the Ralph Bunche Scholars Program would give me a strong academic foundation to prepare me to transfer into a top 4 year university.  I couldn’t have been more right!  Each class I took sharpened my writing and analytic abilities.  The professors were always willing to talk both inside and outside the classroom.  I even received a generous scholarship from the LACC Foundation which covered some of my educational expenses and allowed me to focus on my studies.  All these factors combined to create an unforgettable experience and helped propel me to reach my goals.

 After LACC, I transferred directly into the school of my dreams, The University of Pennsylvania’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies.  The research skills I learned at in the Ralph Bunch Scholars Program allowed me to excel and I recently graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. In my senior year at this Ivy League university, I received the “Dean’s Scholar” award (given to 10 out of 6,500 undergraduate students for their “academic excellence and intellectual promise”).  I also completed a Directed Honor’s thesis titled, "Crowdsourcing Business Model Innovation Using Social Media Platforms" which I’m hoping to have published shortly.  To top it all off, I was just accepted to the Wharton MBA program which is widely considered one of the top business schools in the world.  Over the next 2 years I will be studying with some of the brightest minds in business and I couldn’t have done it without the amazing opportunities provided by the Ralph Bunch Scholars Program.  Two thumbs up!

 

 

Here is the story of TRENT

 

When I enrolled at LACC, my dream was to do the very best that I could and to successfully transfer into the prestigious Cinematic Arts Production Program at USC, widely regarded as the best film school in the world.  I knew it would be no easy feat, so I sought out resources at LACC to assist me in this journey. James Trent

One of the best choices that I made was to apply to the Ralph Bunche Scholars Program.  The program not only provided me with a various selection of classes, but it also allowed me to meet other like-minded students who inspired and motivated me to excel academically.  The professors were challenging and always available and eager to help. The staff of the program is also extremely helpful when you are ready to transfer.


Being in the program opens up many other opportunities. For example, I believe that because of my involvement with the Ralph Bunche Scholars Program, I was able to be accepted in other programs and to win scholarships.  I was awarded three scholarships and named to the Dean's List and the President's List.  I also became a chartering member of the Beta Pi Kappa Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, and was elected as their first president.  I also became a member of the USC SCholars Program, selected as a Star Student in the Korean Studies Program, and became a member of the Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honor Society.  I was also honored to be the only student from LACC to be nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

 

I was admitted to the USC School of Cinematic Arts Bachelor's Production Program and was also awarded the Norman Topping Scholarship at USC. That means that I am studying at USC for free!

 

Here is the story of John Butler

 

John ButlerWhen I got the call that I had been accepted to the School of General Studies at Columbia University I was shocked to say the least. It was not shocked in the sense that I could not believe that I got in; rather it was amazement, that after only two, part-time semesters at LACC, my education was so thorough and intensive that I was accepted into one of the worlds best higher learning institutions. Now, as I am days away from starting my first classes, amazement has given way to nervousness and excitement. This is a whole new game I’ll be playing here at Columbia and the workload will be extreme. What keeps me moving forward with confidence is the education and training that I got as a Ralph Bunche Scholar at LACC. Under the tutelage of my professors I was immersed in University level workloads and standards. Looking back, I can say that it was one of the most challenging times of my life. The Ralph Bunche Scholars program has given me the tools necessary to succeed at the most demanding schools in our nation. From here, I plan to go onto Law School and from there, who knows. No matter how far I go in my educational career, the first thing I list on every application is that I am a Ralph Bunche Scholar.