FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2007
Scholarships to Honor Two of College's Best
Two scholarships have been established by College of the Canyons, one in memory of John J. O'Brien, one of the college's first instructors who died on January 19, 2007, and one in memory of student and hockey team member, Jerrod Miyaki, who died on November 9, 2006.
O'Brien taught administration of justice classes and traffic school as a part-time instructor for more than 30 years. O'Brien retired from the California Highway Patrol as a lieutenant in 1980 after 28 years of service. He was very active in the Santa Clarita community and was involved in the efforts to incorporate Santa Clarita in 1987. Married for 54 years to Pauline "Mimi" O'Brien who pre-deceased him in 2005, the O'Brien's raised their family in Saugus where their children attended Hart High School and COC.
"J.J. taught traffic school here for many years, " said Sue Bozman, Dean, District Communication, Marketing and External Relations at College of the Canyons. "Through his great teaching skills, he was personally responsible for improved driving awareness and attitudes in thousands of drivers. He lived in, supported and cared for this community and COC for more than 40 years."
The John J. O'Brien Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a career in law enforcement in honor of O'Brien's commitment to the community and service.
Jerrod Miyaki was a COC student and member of the hockey team when he was fatally injured by an apparent drunk driver, at the age of 18. A loved and valued friend, especially by his hockey teammates, Miyaki is remembered for his outgoing and enthusiastic approach to life, his generous personality and sense of humor.
The Jerrod Miyaki Memorial Scholarship, which was established by his hockey coach and teammates, will be awarded annually to a COC student who is a member of the hockey team.
Contributions for both scholarships can be sent to the COC Foundation, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355. Checks should be made payable to the COC Foundation/J.J. O'Brien Scholarship or to the COC Foundation/Jerrod Miyaki Scholarship. For more information call (661) 362-3435.