Ala Tiatia dreams of one day performing on Broadway. From the small town of Ridgecrest, California, Tiatia had aspirations to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York after high school, but couldn't afford the tuition.
Instead, he moved to Oceanside and enrolled at MiraCosta College, where he has thrived.
"Coming from a background where I didn't have anything, scholarships have been such a blessing," said Tiatia. "They've helped with my basic needs so that I can thoroughly focus on my dreams."
Geoffrey Koch was strolling by the cafeteria one afternoon when he came across an individual encouraging people to fill out applications for scholarships at the school. Koch took the advice. Not long later, he learned he had been named a scholarship recipient.
“I had never applied for a scholarship at MiraCosta College before, so I was really surprised when I found out,” said Koch, a straight-A student planning to transfer in the fall of 2015 to UC Davis.