2018-2019 Scholarship Recipients!

June 21, 2018 - TWENTY local students got scholarships from funds at the Community Foundation, for 2018-2019.

Jocelynne Malta awarded $1,250 per year, for four years, from the Judy Anton Woman of Valor / Lupita loves to Read Project Scholarship Fund. She attended Watsonville High School and is working towards an associate’s degree in Computer Science at Cabrillo College, with plans to transfer to a four-year university to continue her education. 

Malachi Maldonado awarded $1,000 per year, for four years, from the R.H. Beel Memorial Scholarship Fund. He graduated from Santa Cruz High School. Malachi plans to attend Santa Monica College to study Computer Science. 

Angelica Ruiz  received $2,000 from the Ernest V. Cowell Scholarship Fund. She attended Watsonville High School. Angelica will attend University of California, Los Angeles to earn a bachelor’s degree in Biology, with plans to pursue a doctorate degree towards a career as a psychiatrist.  

Ashley Del Colletti awarded $1,000 per year, for four years, from the Emmett and Elsie Geiser Scholarship Fund. She graduated from Aptos High School and will attend California State University, Monterey Bay to study Marine Science with the goal of engaging in marine biology research. 

Dulce Flores awarded $1,000 per year, for four years, from the Emmett and Elsie Geiser Scholarship Fund. She graduated from Watsonville High School and will attend California State University, Sacramento to earn a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. 

Paige Dueck  awarded $1,000 per year, for four years, from the Emmett and Elsie Geiser Scholarship Fund. She went to Aptos High School and will pursue a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition at California Polytechnic State University. Paige hopes to have a career in the medical field and work towards equal access to health care for all.

Karina Gonzalez-Lopez  awarded $2,100 per year, for four years, from the Louis J. and Mary Ellen Schultz Scholarship Fund. Karina graduated from Pajaro Valley High School and will attend Santa Clara University for a bachelor’s degree in Biology towards a career in nursing.

Alejandro Estrada Berlanga awarded $2,100 per year, for four years, from the Louis J. and Mary Ellen Schultz Scholarship Fund. He went to Aptos High School and will attend University of California, Davis to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. 

Jose Villanueva Vigil awarded $2,000 per year for four years from the Simunovich Family Agricultural Scholarship Fund. He graduated from Watsonville High School. Jose will attend California State University, Fresno to earn a bachelor’s degree in Plant Science. 

Alejandra Zamora awarded $2,500 from the Barbara J. Thompson Scholarship Fund. She attended Harbor High School and now going to Cabrillo College, to follow her interest in science and biotechnology.

Josselyn Verutti awarded $2,500 from the Barbara J. Thompson Scholarship Fund. She graduated from Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering at Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

Evelyn Gonzalez awarded $2,500 from the Barbara J. Thompson Scholarship Fund. A Soquel High School graduate, she plans to attend San Jose State University to study Forensic Science & Chemistry. 

Emily Radek awarded $2,500 from the Barbara J. Thompson Scholarship Fund. She graduated from Santa Cruz High School, and will attend Portland State University. 

Leilani Perez awarded $1,000 from the John L. Turner Scholarship Fund. She graduated from Pajaro Valley High School. Leilani will study Business at Cabrillo College.

Paulina Torres Calderon awarded $1,000 from the Bob and Betsy Darrow Scholarship Fund. A Santa Cruz High School graduate, she plans to attend John & Wales University and looks forward to taking courses in communications, criminal justice and social sciences, with the goal of carving out a career in criminal justice.  

Eve DeBord awarded $1,000 from the Bob and Betsy Darrow Scholarship Fund. She graduated from Scotts Valley High School. She will attend San Francisco State University and pursue a career path in social sciences.  

Celeste Charlet awarded $1,000 from the Bob and Betsy Darrow Scholarship Fund. She graduated from Scotts Valley High School. She will  attend University of California, Los Angeles and major in Economics.  

Germain Medina awarded $1,000 per year, for four years, from the Burton Scholarship Fund. A 2017 Aptos High School graduate, Germain is currently studying engineering at Cabrillo College with plans to transfer to a four-year university. 

Veronica Anaya Cruz awarded $1,000 per year, for four years, from the Burton Scholarship Fund. She went to Watsonville High School. She will attend University of California, Berkeley to major in Political Science. 

Sean Hamrick attended Cypress Charter High School. He was awarded $2,050 from the Matt’s Climb Scholarship Fund to attend Camp Unalayee.
Jose Villanueva Vigil Watsonville High School Class of 2018. Plans to attend California State University, Fresno to earn a bachelor’s degree in Plant Science. Jose is involved with the Farms Leadership Program, a program that focuses on building leadership skills and gives students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with local businesses, as well as Future Farmers of America, through which he has built a network of peers. Aside from his focused academic and extracurricular work in agriculture, Jose balanced a rigorous course load and proved himself a successful student athlete. He was a member of the championship Central Coast Section Open Division soccer team and currently holds the school record for his Triple Jump in Track & Field.