Aerospace engineering major Daniel Mejia and political science major Jarod Lopez are among 30 community college/transfer students selected for this fully-paid enrichment and mentorship program, out of over 140 exemplary applicants. SMC is one of 22 community colleges in the nation to have a student selected for this fellowship.

Jarod Lopez said it was “an overwhelming moment” when he discovered he’d been granted the fellowship. “This remarkable opportunity signifies a tremendous leap toward my passion for global affairs,” Lopez said. “It fuels my eagerness to learn, expand my knowledge, and contribute meaningfully to the international community. I am truly thankful and eagerly await the transformative journey that lies ahead!”

Lopez’s personal goal is “to work as a conflict resolution specialist in areas affected by political turmoil. This fellowship will equip me with the necessary skills, cultural competence, and field experience to effectively mediate conflicts, promote dialogue, and contribute to the creation of a harmonious global community.”

Daniel Mejia stated that as a first-generation immigration student, he is “optimistic and excited about the opportunity.” “The CCGAF fellowship will provide me with the mentorship, skills, and perspective to achieve my goal of working in the research development field as an aerospace engineer/astrophysicist, investigating new avenues toward renewable energy and leveraging the power of the sun for a brighter future,” he added.

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