The Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees awarded scholarships to two continuing students who demonstrated strong academic performance and are returning to Foothill College or De Anza College next year.
Foothill student Heidy Boch and De Anza student Khalid Rasti received $1,500 Trustees Scholarships and certificates recognizing their accomplishments.
Current and former elected trustees fund the scholarships, which the board established in 2003. Trustees Joan Barram and Bruce Swenson served on the committee to select this year’s winners.
Boch, a 2010 graduate of Los Altos High School, is the daughter of Jose and Maria Boch of Mountain View. She studied written and film communication at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology.
At a recent board meeting, Boch described struggling with the sudden death of her older brother in 2009 and her subsequent decision to enroll in the Honors Program at Foothill College.
“I always saw Foothill as a place to learn, but I never thought it would also be a place of personal growth,” she told trustees. “I am really happy here at Foothill.”
Boch’s academic goal is to transfer to a four-year university to study filmmaking. She is majoring in video arts production at Foothill and will study film production next fall at De Anza College. She plans to pursue a career as a screenwriter or director.
Rasti was among the top 10 students in his class when he graduated from Washington High School in Fremont in 2004. He was accepted to several colleges but put those plans on hold because he needed to work full time. He entered De Anza in fall 2010 after working for six years as a real estate agent and now works part time for an attorney while attending De Anza.
Rasti plans to transfer to a four-year university to earn an accounting degree and eventually pursue a graduate degree in business, with a goal of one day becoming the chief financial officer of a major company or starting his own company.
Rasti is the son of Ghulam and Mary Rasti of Fremont.
Speaking to trustees, Rasti said his father, who served as ambassador to India when his family lived in Afghanistan, inspired him to return to school. When his father came to the United States, Rasti said, he had to let go of his past. He returned to school at age 45 while raising three children.
“When I saw how determined he was to finish school – not once, but twice – it gave me the same motivation,” Rasti said. “I am so honored to have a father like that.”
“Heidy and Khalid are outstanding students with great futures ahead of them,’” said Board of Trustees President Pearl Cheng. “Like so many of our students, they have had to overcome obstacles to reach their educational goals and have worked hard to distinguish themselves. We are proud to have them attend our colleges.”
The Trustees Scholarship is one of dozens of scholarship funds administered by the Foothill-De Anza Foundation.
For more information, visit foundation.fhda.edu/scholarships.