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2017 John Brock Scholarship Recipients

Elizabeth Hamlin

Elizabeth HamlinMy name is Elizabeth Hamlin; I am a senior pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Agricultural Business. I transferred to CSUB from Bakersfield College during the winter quarter in 2016. I was a part-time student at BC since 2007 while working multiple part-time jobs and providing care for my grandparents. After my grandparents passed away in 2013, I decided it was time to explore career paths. In the spring of 2015 I enrolled in an agricultural economics course after work; this was the first time during college experience that I became entirely engaged by the challenge. After that course, I decided to quit my job and pursue my degree path. 


At CSUB I have been exposed to a vigorous curriculum and intellectual challenges that in the past I may have shied away from. Since becoming a full-time student in the fall of 2015, I have been on the Dean’s list at both BC and CSUB. I have become involved in my community working with the Kern River Valley to clean up our river-ways and planning the development of our community garden. Last school year I became the Treasurer of the newly chartered Ag Business Club. Due to recognition and support from multiple professors, I am looking forward to pursuing a MBA after I graduate in the spring of 2018. Although I work seasonally for a local whitewater rafting company, I would not be able to pursue my education without the support of financial aid and this generous scholarship. The affirmation from receiving this recognition supports my belief that pursuing higher education was the correct decision.


Lexis Hanssen

Although I was not born in Bakersfield, I have grown up here– raised by two loving parents and I have three sisters, two older and one younger. I graduated from Liberty High Lexis hanssenSchool in 2013 and started college at CSUB immediately after. At first, I was pursuing an engineering degree. I soon found that engineering was not for me, so I switched my major to business and found accounting to be interesting. Despite taking engineering classes for the first year of college and my family dynamic changing quite a bit (my parents adopted two baby girls at this time), I was able to graduate in just 3 years. In June of 2016 I achieved my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. That same month I began working full-time as an auditor for a local accounting firm, Daniells Phillips Vaughan & Bock. In August of 2016 I came back to CSUB to pursue my MBA degree. I have been working full-time and will graduate with a MBA this upcoming May.


Yuchao Hu

My name is Yuchao Hu, and I am majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. I transferred to CSUB from Bakersfield Yuchao HuCollege where I earned my A.A. degree in Architecture. Architecture is a subject I liked since I was a young kid, however, I realized that I needed to have a career which is more motivating in my life. In 2016, I earned my A.S. degree in Accounting, which is a subject I am also very interested in.


For the past several years, I have been working full-time while attending CSUB as a full-time student. Even though I’ve been very busy and tired at times, I have always believed that my hard work would eventually pay off. My first goal after graduating from CSUB is to become a CPA. I am very grateful that I can attend CSUB as a business major, and I also believe that I will build a strong foundation for my future career by studying in this school.


Songping Yan


My name is Songping Yan. After moving to Bakersfield five years ago, I attended the ESL program at Bakersfield College and graduated with an Songping YanAssociate's Degree in Liberal Studies. I then transferred to CSU, Bakersfield where I am a senior majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and plan to graduate in spring of 2018.


I'm extremely interested in the field of accounting, where I have prior accountant work experience from China. I am currently the University Accounting Association (UAA) Membership Coordinator and am a member of several honor societies such as: Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) and Alpha Chi. While attending Bakersfield College, I was a Supplemental Instructor Leader (Tutor) for the subject of Financial Accounting. My ultimate goal, upon completion of my bachelor's degree, is to become a CPA and work for an International Corporation and eventually pursue my Master's degree.


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