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West Contra Costa Public Education Fund Scholarship finalists announced

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 2:51 pm in Education, West Contra Costa school district.

Ed Fund Scholarship Finalists

Ed Fund Scholarship Finalists

The West Contra Costa Public Education Fund (Ed Fund) has announced its 2013 scholarship finalists, who will be awarded a total of more than $230,000. The finalists may be honored at a future WCCUSD Board meeting, according to a news release.

Here are the names of the finalists, along with background information on the scholarship program, from the release:

“Between 2005 and 2012, The Ed. Fund awarded $724,000 to 225 scholarship winners from WCCUSD. In 2013, thanks to generous support from donors, including the College Access Foundation of California, the Chevron Corporation, the Irvine Foundation, the Schroeder Family Fund and others, the Ed Fund will be awarding over $230,000 in scholarships.

The 89 finalists for our scholarships hail from 9 different public high schools located in West County. A list of high schools represented and the number of scholarship finalists from each school is as follows:

DeAnza High School: 9

El Cerrito High School: 10

Hercules High School: 5

Kennedy High School: 6

Leadership Public Schools-Richmond: 12

Middle College High School: 8

Pinole Valley High School: 8

Richmond High School: 30

Vista High School: 1

Finalists will be informed of their award amount by July 2013 following confirmation of their eligibility and a review of their financial need. Scholarships will range from $1,000 to $5,000 depending on the finalist’s individual need.

All Ed Fund scholars were chosen for their vision to succeed in college and dedication to community service and leadership. They are also involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities which have made them well-rounded individuals. The Ed Fund believes these students will return to our community to serve as leaders and role models in West Contra Costa County.

Ed Fund Scholarship Finalists

DE ANZA HIGH SCHOOL:
Jin-Won Kim
Keyannie Norford
Lawrence Luckett
Lilibeth Lopez
Rohitesh Mani
Sakeema Payne
Sonam Ram
Verntzoone Roger Pharn
Yesenia Aguilar

EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL:
Ajah Fredzess
Dzidi Djugba
Jessica Segura-Hernandez
Kimberley Bocanegra
Liam Studdiford
Malik McElroy
Qiqi Tang
Sandra Torres
Yingying Li
Zihao Kuang

HERCULES HIGH SCHOOL:
Darian Wong
Gurinder Rai
Marina Queiroz
Marjorie Gatchalian
Valeria Avila

KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL:
Lavontae Hill
Muang Saephan
Oscar Smith
Sonia Perez
Susan Vilaiphone
Yaneiri Hernandez Ochoa

LEADERSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOL – RICHMOND
Alma Martinez
Andre Ernest
Barbara Maldonado
Daniela Felix
Elias Ortega
Gabriela Cervantes
Julianna Ponce
Katherine Orellana
Laura Horta
Lizette Covarrubias
Maija Arriaga
Samuel Mendez

MIDDLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL:
Alexandra Cardenas
Asma Ayyad
Beverley Saechin
Edgar Valiente
Luis Serrano
Melanie Chao
Puja Dahal
Zubia Ahmad

PINOLE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Blake Evans
Cristella Ho
Jachonet Hill
Jada Wyatt
Morvarid Mehdizadeh
Nora Vongsa
Tiffany Hurtado
William-Lea Newsome

RICHMOND HIGH SCHOOL
Abel Gallardo
Angel Hernandez
Bety Escobar
Brenda Valadez
Chaidy Lam
Christian Rodriguez-Bojorquez
Danielle Miguel
Diana Diaz
Genesis Fabian
Ingrid Serrano
Jennifer Valtierra-Rojas
Jesica Cuervo
Jessica Castro-Chavez
Jessica Maciel
Jillian Ortiz Cruz
Kelly Saefong
Kerry Viengvilai
Kissarria Johnson

More information about the Ed. Fund is available by calling 510-233-1464 or by visiting www.edfundwest.org.

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