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Friendship Club grad completes her second bachelor’s degree – and with honors

Cheyenna Brock Jimenez

Friendship Club (2016) graduate Cheyanna Brock Jimenez has earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Chamberlain University and received a national award for her academic excellence.

Cheyanna, who graduated Summa Cum Laude, recently received the McAuley Nursing Award from Mercy/Dignity Health.  Cheyanna, who has also earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Sonoma State University, credits a scholarship from The Friendship Club and board member Susie Bavo and her husband, Dave, who paid for her nursing degree and helped with Sonoma State. 

The Bavos met her “as a quiet but driven high schooler,” Susie Bavo says. “By graduation, she was outgoing and confident. It was a pleasure to help getting her through college. She worked so hard. She chose her nursing program because it gave her time for family and a life. TFC was the boost that Cheyanna needed to realize the future she wanted.”

She is the first in her family to attend college, let alone earn a bachelor’s degree.

She balanced school and a full-time job as a child-care worker with a focus on behavioral modification and counseling for young boys who have experienced trauma. 

We are very proud of Cheyanna’s accomplishments and her commitment to school and helping others.

Check out Cheyanna’s remarks on KNCO radio from our celebration of Friendship Club 2020 graduates. (Scroll down on the page)