The Allan Hancock College Foundation will award 325 scholarships totaling more than $365,000 to 246 students on Thursday, May 24, at the college’s 43rd annual scholarship awards banquet.

More than 800 students, relatives, friends, donors and community members will attend the 6 p.m. awards banquet at the Allan Hancock College Joe White Memorial Gymnasium.  Scholarships ranging in amounts up to $10,000 will be awarded to students from all parts of the Central Coast, from the Santa Ynez and Lompoc valleys to Atascadero.

This year’s keynote speaker is The Honorable Rogelio R. Flores, Superior Court Judge for Santa Barbara County.

Judge Flores, an AHC alumnus, began his judicial duties in 1987 as the first court commissioner for the North Santa Barbara County Municipal Court.  He was appointed to the municipal court bench in 1997 and elevated to the Santa Barbara County Superior Court in 1998.  He received his law degree from UCLA in 1979.

Flores is currently assigned to various collaborative courts in Santa Maria including the Substance Abuse Treatment Court, Mental Health Court and DUI Treatment Court and is helping organize the first Veteran’s Treatment Court in Santa Barbara County.  He is also a guest lecturer at The National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, and has been serving as a consultant to the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Narcotics Affairs, in overseeing the creation of drug courts in Mexico.