“People think that only universities attract legacies. Not true. My father attended HCC and that is just one of many reasons I chose to follow his example.”

— Shawn Zamani, 2016 HCC Honors Program Graduate, 2018 USF Graduate, High Honors, Gates Cambridge Scholarship Recipient

The faculty at HCC brilliantly taught difficult-to-grasp topics in small classroom settings and my HCC mentors instilled in me a deep sense of service and leadership. A scholarship from the HCC Honors Institute helped to pay for my education and empowered me to be curious and proactive in leadership and learning. Small classes helped create meaningful relationships between the students and the professors and led to in-depth discussions on the subject matter. That doesn’t happen in a large university classroom. HCC also put me in a position to win the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship for students transitioning from a community college to a university. HCC opened my mind to new possibilities and open doors I never thought possible. I’m currently attending the University of South Florida working toward my B.S. in Public Health, while interning at Moffitt Cancer Center. My father spoke highly of HCC, and now, so do I. And for good reason.

Shawn is a 2019 recipient of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. He will begin his postgraduate studies at Cambridge University this fall.