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ESL Scholarship Information

​Two Scholarships are Given each Year!


John Coates Memorial ESL Scholarship

The John Coates Memorial Scholarship is given each year to one outstanding ESL student. Named after John Coates, a long-time OCC instructor who played a key role in forming the ESL department, this scholarship is given to students with excellent performance in ESL classes and positive interaction with others of various nationalities and cultures.


So Nguyen Memorial Scholarship

The So Nguyen Memorial Scholarship is given each year to one outstanding ESL student. Named after So Nguyen, a long-time OCC instructor who inspired his students and colleagues to do their best at all times and to persevere in challenging circumstances, this scholarship is given to students with excellent performance in ESL classes and positive interaction with others of various nationalities and cultures.


We encourage ESL students to apply!

In order to apply, get an application from an ESL advisor or download theESL Scholarship Application.pdf.


You will need to follow these steps:

  1. Complete both sides of this application form.
  2. Ask a current or former ESL instructor at OCC for a recommendation.
  3. Submit the application and recommendation to Dr. Diane Colvin (Lit & Lang 134) or Dr. María Lerma (Lit & Lang 136).