By Ashley Edmonds
Cuesta student Ashley Erden received an academic scholarship at the Alpha Gamma Sigma convention this past weekend.
Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS) holds an annual convention each spring. AGS, the academic honor society and service organization of the California Community Colleges, rewarded 49 student members with six different scholarships, totaling $37,900. Scholarships are for academic and service excellence.
Erden received the $700 Kathleen D. Loly Scholarship for academic excellence. Â
â€œWe are very proud of Ashley,â€ said Chris Gilbert, AGS faculty advisor. â€œThe Loly Award recognizes students who stand out academically amongst honor society members — that is, among a group of students who are already excelling academicallyâ€.
Founded in 1926, and incorporated under California law in 1940, members of AGS must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in order to be a member. Â Â
500 AGS members attended the conference representing 38 community college chapters.
â€œAshleyâ€™s achievement is particularly significant when we consider that she was competing against honor society students from 38 other colleges,â€ said Gilbert, â€œand that many of those colleges have chapters much larger than ours here at Cuestaâ€.