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Big Rock
Cannabis Education Scholarships


As the cannabis industry continues to develop new business opportunities, medical advancements and academic evolution, Oaksterdam University continues to lead the way in educating, training and developing a workforce equal to the task. The labor force needs quality programs that provide the keys to business success, consumer safety and regulatory compliance.

Celebrating 10 years of cannabis academic excellence, OU maintains the highest academic and faculty standards. Programs and courses are developed and taught by the professionals who actively participate in research, legislation, regulation and industry development.

Big Rock has created and funded a scholarship to continue to build this important workforce within disadvantaged demographics. Oaksterdam University serves  these demographics and will continue to cultivate leaders and drive innovation and advocacy to the cutting edge of training, education and business evolution in the cannabis industry.

Applicants representing these categories and who exhibit the following will be considered for the Big Rock Scholarship:
Categories
  • Seniors
  • Veterans
  • Black Americans
  • Latinos
Criteria
  • A strong desire to become more knowledgeable in the cannabis industry
  • Represent one of the identified categories
  • An identified need
*Applicants may only apply to a single scholarship category
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JIM GONZALEZ – Latino Award


Jim Gonzalez is a public policy consultant and political strategist for elected and appointed policymakers, private sector leaders, international companies, and nonprofit organizations.

Jim Gonzalez is the Chair and founding member of Cien Amigos-Working for California and Mexico. He is a recipient of the Mexican Government’s highest honor, The Ohtli Award, bestowed on an individual for service to Mexicans living abroad.

Jim Gonzalez is a stalwart supporter for social justice and has been a dynamic force in the legalization and evolution for the cannabis industry.

GAYLE TICE – Senior Award


Gayle Tice was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years ago at age 78. A care provider suggested she try CBD to help alleviate her symptoms and limit the negative impacts of the disease. New to the concept of cannabis, she looked to her daughter, Carrie, to help build her knowledge and guide her protocol.

The results were remarkable, and cannabis therapy continues to help Gayle on a daily basis.  Gayle’s success inspired her daughter to create Octavia Wellness, an organization dedicated to providing education and safe, trusted access of cannabis products to multiple generations of people wanting to feel better.

ALICE HUFFMAN – Black American Award


Alice A. Huffman is a grassroots leader at the local and national level, a manager, a consultant, a community bridge between government policy makers and the community. She was elected president of the California Hawaii NAACP in 1999 and has won 8 consecutive elections. She is also a member of the National Board of the NAACP. She runs her own consulting firm founded in 1988, AC Public Affairs, Inc.

Alice A. Huffman is a past appointee of three democratic and republican governors. She currently assists the Governor in a volunteer capacity in his appointment of African Americans in state government and judiciary positions. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the American University of Antigua and a founding member and President of the Board of Directors of the Center for Democratic Participation.

Alice A. Huffman has many national and state distinguished awards. The most recent received was the CA Legislative Black Caucus Heritage and Legends Award; numerous awards awarded to her community work, work on behalf of the gay community and efforts to regulate cannabis.

BRUCE SCOTT – Veterans Award


Bruce Scott has been a lifelong resident of the East Bay. He grew up in Richmond, California and watched the Bay Area grow to what it is today. He dedicated three years of service to the U.S. Army on the 38th Parallel in South Korea.

As an Ironworker Local 378, (now retired), Bruce constructed local bridges, schools, and buildings. He knows that training for his Ironworkers was an extremely important aspect to the growth of his trade. In fact, as a leader as Business Agent for Local 378, he helped build one of the country’s best apprentice programs for ironworkers.

Bruce Scott as a dynamic example of dedicated commitment to work, training and country. He is honored to represent the Veterans Award for Oaksterdam University.