Scholarship Winner Katherine Goldstein and Hancock Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers hold a framed copy of her award.
Katherine Goldstein, recipient of the Marian Hancock Scholarship, holds a framed copy of her award, as she poses for a photo with Hancock Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers. Credit: Courtesy photo

The Allan Hancock College Foundation this year awarded 446 scholarships totaling $525,000 to 293 Allan Hancock College students. Students and donors gathered in-person May 24-25 to honor the recipients at Joe White Memorial Gymnasium.

“Of all the events that Hancock holds during graduation week, the scholarship awards are a favorite for many faculty and staff,” said Jon Hooten, executive director of college advancement and the Foundation.

“We expanded the ceremony to two nights this year so even more people could gather and celebrate these students,” he said.

Hancock class of 2023 graduate Katherine Goldstein received the prestigious Marian Hancock Scholarship. Named in honor of the late wife of Capt. G. Allan Hancock, the $10,000 scholarship is awarded to one outstanding student each year who exemplifies service to the school, scholastic achievement and personal conduct.

Goldstein, who is the 59th student to win the Marian Hancock Scholarship since 1967, is graduating from Hancock with an associate degree in agricultural plant science.

A local student who returned to Hancock after a number of years to finish her degree, Goldstein said she was inspired by her love of gardening and agriculture to pursue a four-year degree.

“When I first started at Hancock my primary goal was to finish my degree after years of starting and stopping community college,” said Goldstein. “I had no idea my experience at this school would be so transformative and expansive. It led me to where I am now.”

Hancock alumnus and 2021 Marian Scholarship winner Rafael Valdovinos, Jr., gave the keynote address at the awards. Valdovinos, who recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, shared his story with attendees and offered advice to this year’s scholarship recipients.

“When I received a scholarship, it affirmed that I am of value and that I am enough. That I am worthy of someone else’s investment,” said Valdovinos.

“For those of you who have received a scholarship, remember to pay that back by investing in your peers, investing in your community and giving back what has been so freely given to you,” he sid.

A scholarship committee comprised of 15 Hancock faculty, staff and foundation board members chose this year’s recipients from nearly 600 applications.

The Allan Hancock College Foundation has been a resource for thousands of Allan Hancock College students since 1977.

To learn more about the AHC Foundation, visit