Another song to sing for our hero

NORWALK, Calif. – September 15, 2008 – Long Beach resident, Monirath Siv, a student at Cerritos College, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation in July. 

Through the Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program, the Foundation awards a total of 400 scholarships annually to students attending higher-education institutions granting two-year degrees.  All recipients have demonstrated academic success and participated in community service within the past 12 months.

“The Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program is an extension of our long-standing commitment to college education throughout the United States,” said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.  “This scholarship honors students who often balance responsibilities of school, work and family, but also find time to give back to their communities through volunteer service.”

Siv, a straight-A sophomore majoring in engineering, came to the United States from Cambodia in 2006 and has been giving back to his American community ever since.    

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, AmeriCorps and on-campus at Project HOPE health fair events are just a few places you can see Siv volunteering his time. 

“As a lifelong learner I want to learn more things beyond schoolwork,” said Siv.  “I extend my academics by bringing my energy and skills to the community in a form of volunteering in order to experience new things.”

Siv plans to expand his education by majoring in biomedical engineering at a private four-year university.  This year he will be applying to schools such as Cornell, John Hopkins, Columbia and Washington University in St. Louis with the hopes of taking full advantage of the opportunities this country offers those that work hard.      

The Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program is made possible with funding from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation. The Whitehead Foundation provides grants in support of human services initiatives. The late Joseph B. Whitehead was one of the original bottlers of Coca-Cola.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is supported by the financial commitment of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Downey and the Coca-Cola Company. The foundation was created in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow’s leaders. Now in it’s the 9th year of funding the Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program, the Foundation has provided $3.7 million in scholarship awards to students attending two-year degree granting institutions and more than $35 million towards the Coca-Cola Scholars Program during the past 20 years.

The Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship is awarded every year in the spring.  Applications are available in the Cerritos College Financial Aid office.  Feel free to contact Veronica Castro at (562) 860-2451 ext. 3226 or with any questions.  

Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 200 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently surpasses 20,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at


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