Two undergraduate students, Sonya Tillman and Stephanie Leon, have been awarded Fudge Scholarships, which go to students who have excelled academically, are self-motivated and who support themselves financially.
Tillman is junior studying criminology, law and society. When she was 12 years old, Tillman had to take on the responsibilities of her family' household because her mother was diagnosed with leukemia. She studied for two years at American River College in Sacramento, while also volunteering more than 100 hours per year at the Woodland Police Department. She then transferred to UCI, and now works two to three part-times jobs to make ends meet. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2018, earn a Master's degree in criminology and join the FBI.
Leon is majoring in criminology, law and society and psychology. Growing up in a dysfunctional home, she ended up on the streets and in the juvenile justice systems as a young teenager. During her first college semester, she committed herself to sobriety, and set a goal of becoming an honors student, eventually earning membership in the Alpha Gamma Honor Society. The committed community volunteer and mother of three children plans to graduate in the spring of 2018, go to medical school and pursue a career as a psychiatrist helping people with mental illnesses.