Melissa Hooper, a first-generation Mexican-American and the first in her family to go to college, currently works full-time and takes a full course load at Cal Poly Pomona. A graduate of Riverside Community College, Hooper said in a news release that she is “emboldened to show my family that their work ethic, their love and their support helped change my life.”
At RCC, Hooper served as president of the Student Veterans Association and worked to secure a $10,000 grant to revamp the campus’s Veterans Resource Center.
Hooper, mother to a 4-year-old, was RCC’s 2016 Student of the Year.
She is studying management and human resources.
The donation was part of the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program, which pairs collision repair industry businesses to repair donated cars for those in need of reliable transportation.
Caliber Collision and its industry partners have repaired and donated nearly 300 cars over the past six years.