Ambrose R. Nichols Jr. Scholarship
Music Education Major
Established in 1976, this scholarship is named for Ambrose R. Nichols, Jr., the founding president of Sonoma State University. The Nichols scholarship is awarded annually by the Alumni Association for outstanding contributions to the campus community. It is intended to encourage the recipient's continuing intellectual development and advanced academic instruction. The Nichols Scholarship is provided through funds generated by our Life Members.
2013 Nichols Scholar Angelina Gomez
School of Performing Arts
Angelina is very aware that attending Sonoma State University has changed her life in ways she could never imagine. Through opportunities and activities, especially through the SSU Music Department, she discovered a passion she never knew existed. Her experiences at Sonoma State have resulted in a new sense of accomplishment, confidence, and happiness. Her experiences have also taught her the important lesson that hard work pays off—and can be fun in the process.
Her activities and involvement are many and varied, one of which was to serve as secretary for the Music Education Club, Sonoma State University’s chapter affiliate with the National Association for Music Education (NAME). In that club she gained the skills and knowledge necessary to be a future music educator. She helped organize and run music festivals held at Sonoma State through the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) as well as being a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Society.
Angelina is a Sonoma State University Presidential Scholar. This prestigious scholarship is offered to freshmen with an incoming grade point average of 4.0 or more in high school and is renewable each year a student meets the requirements. President Ruben Armiñana established this scholarship to recognize high achieving students like Angelina and to reward them for their diligence throughout their high school and earlier years of study.
She is also a member of many performance groups in Sonoma State’s Music Department including the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Chorus, the Chamber Wind Ensemble, and the Wolf Pack Pep Band.
Outside of the Sonoma State University campus she volunteers at Saint Elizabeth Seton Church every year in preparation of their Christmas festivities and she has directed the instrumental ensemble that performs in the Christmas masses as well as other performance ensembles in the community. In March 2012, Angelina guest conducted the Rancho Cotate High School Symphonic Band at their annual concert at the Spreckles Performing Arts Center. That summer, she also performed with and guest conducted the Rohnert Park Community Band at their annual Fourth of July concert.
Angelina graduates from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2014. She will then begin in SSU’s credential program working toward fulfilling her lifelong goal of becoming a music teacher. She hopes to later earn her Master’s degree or a Ph.D. in music education or musicology.
“I want to instill great knowledge to my students of the future and inspire them to achieve success and happiness in their lives, just I myself have found,” says Angelina.
Outstanding Student Athlete of the Year Scholarship
Each year the SSU Alumni Association sponsors two scholarships specifically honoring SSU student athletes for the school year. Nine years ago, the SSU Alumni Association Board of Directors established these athletic scholarships for two deserving student-athletes, one male and one female.
Each student-athlete that is selected for the scholarship receives a framed certificate and a $750 athletic scholarship provided by the SSU Alumni Association to be awarded for the following academic year. Please note that the scholarship recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student for the Fall semester to be eligible to receive the scholarship award.
To be considered for this scholarship and the accompanying athletic scholarship, a student-athlete must submit a one to two page essay describing his or her outstanding achievements relative to intercollegiate competition, academics and community service. Click here to view the guidelines for the scholarship.
The SSU Alumni Association Board of Directors select a male student-athlete scholarship recipient and a female student-athlete scholarship recipient. The scholarships are presented at the Annual SSU Sports Awards Night, "The Wolfies."
This year's recipients are Nathan Bernstein, baseball and Spencer Heller, women's golf.
2013-14 Outstanding Student Athlete Scholarship Recipients
Sport: Women's Golf
Past Winners of the Outstanding Student Athlete Scholarships are:
Patrick Maloney, Travis Newman, Steven Pratt, Keala Peterson, Jesse Talaugon, Scott Gaynor, Lindsay Brown, Morgan Rodriguez, Danae Wellander, Andrew Bailey, Christina Maher, Danielle McDavid, and Nestor Bernabe.