By Samwell Favela / Social Media Editor
Cameras, textbooks and art supplies are some of the possibilities that the Pepsi Auxiliary Student Success Grants are giving clubs and organizations at LBCC the opportunity to buy when applied to their generous grant.
The Auxiliary program is a non-profit incorporation that oversees Bookstores, Food Courts and vending machines to serve students, employees and guests at LBCC. The Auxiliary has teamed up with Pepsi to offer a $10,000 grant for six employees, clubs and organizations on campus that have projects geared toward student success and will coincide with the College’s Educational Master Plan.
Applications can be picked up at the Fish Bowl in E117 at the LAC and turned into counselor Jeri Florence at PCC in MD129 by Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. Each application must be typed, signed and submitted with five stapled copies. Associate director of public relations and marketing, Richard Garcia, said, “This is the first year that student organizations have the opportunity to apply.” The maximum amount that can be asked for is $10,000 and if granted, the projected must be completed and paid for by May 31, 2014.
If the grant is awarded to a student club, the organization must be chartered the time the service is completed or items are purchased or the funds will be forfeited. When third-year film major, Vu Tran talked about how the Auxiliary Pepsi grant would benefit the video broadcasting program, he said, “It would get students more motivated to learn with restored or updated equipment. “In the control room, we often guide or teach the newer team members how to operate or utilize certain equipment and sometimes it’s a hassle because the equipment isn’t reliable or fast enough to keep the ball rolling during a show, recording or editing.”
When talking about how the grant will affect students outside video broadcasting, Tran said, “With the money we can upgrade to new, more local channels on cable TV itself where everyone is able to access and get more coverage. We can expand.” Fashion merchandising major Sierra Jennings agreed it would help her club Sankofa, a scholars program dedicated to African-Americans. “We have events we want our club to attend, but can’t because we don’t have that kind of money,” Jennings said.