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Scholarship Recipients 2012

ARIANA DIAZ – Ariana has been accepted to Chapman University as a Communications major. She will graduate from St. Lucy’s Priory High School with a grade point average of 4.0.  Ariana has held several leadership roles in Assisteens, an auxiliary of the Assistance League, and active in their Operation School Bell Literacy program. She successfully applied for a competitive $500 Youth Literacy Grant to purchase books for underprivileged children. At school she has also been a leader in Cinderella Concept, a club that provides slightly used formal dresses to foster girls so they can attend their proms.

MACIEL GONZALEZ – Maciel will be attending the University of California Los Angeles in the fall. She will graduate from Leuzinger High School in Hawthorne with a grade point average of 3.97. Maciel has a long-held goal of becoming a nurse, and she actively gives back to her community by volunteering at Torrance Memorial Medical Center and in the Health Professionals Club on campus. A dedicated and highly motivated student, Maciel is proud to be the first generation in her family to attend a university and is looking forward to being the first female to graduate.

AKSHAY KOHLI – Akshay is a student at Emory University, where he is studying Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. He graduated from Reseda High School with a 4.108 GPA and holds a 3.224 at Emory. With the aspiration to become a doctor, Akshay is dedicated to the principle that every human being deserves access to basic, affordable health care. He is a reporter for the South Asian Health Initiative, volunteers with Yerkes National Primate Research Center and also plays saxophone in the Emory Wind Ensemble.

BRIANNA LOO – Brianna plans to attend Yale University with a major in Electrical Engineering. As a student at South Pasadena High School, she maintains a GPA of 3.98. Over the past four years, Brianna held several elected positions in student government and served on the South Pasadena Youth Commission in a variety of leadership roles. She has been an active volunteer in many organizations helping children, including therapeutic horseback riding for disabled youngsters. Robotics is another of Briana’s interests, and she is planning to use her engineering degree to improve the lives of people in need.  

EMILY LOWE – Emily is completing her second year at Harvard University with a joint concentration in Earth and Planetary Science and Archaeology, earning a GPA of 3.637. In high school she was active in the Volunteer Center Youth Coalition and in her senior year chaired their Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Through a church event, she was introduced to the plight of foster youth, then partnered with the Torrance Department of Children and Family Services and created two user-friendly guides for foster youth as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project At Harvard, Emily volunteers with a mentoring program for children from a local low-income housing project. She also recently wrote a children’s book for boys at an Ethiopian orphanage, which will be published and given to them this summer.

KAI RIDENOURE – Kai will enter UC Berkeley this fall with a major in Media Studies. She attends Marshall Fundamental Secondary School and will graduate with a 3.95 GPA. In high school Kai has been an Honor Roll student, AP Scholar, Asian Club member and cross country athlete. A youth group leader in her church, last July Kai planned a bible school curriculum and taught on a Navajo Indian reservation, which was a transformative experience for her. She was awarded first place in Art Center’s No Boundaries Contest, and her artwork will be turned into a window design in her school’s library.

JESSICA SCHLARBAUM – Jessica has been accepted into the Chemistry program at UC Davis. She will be graduating from Canyon High School with a cumulative GPA of 4.64. Last summer Jessica had the opportunity to work as a volunteer in Thailand, where she vaccinated stray dogs against rabies, taught English, cleaned Buddhist temples and worked in rice fields. As president of her school’s Student Organization for Animal Rights, she is currently fundraising for the Worldwide Veterinary Service. Jessica’s goal is to become a veterinarian and donate her skills to clinics in rural villages of third-world countries.

KYLE TEJADA – Kyle will be graduating from Ruben S. Ayala Sr. High School, where he has a 4.22 GPA, and entering California Institute of Technology this fall. He is a member of the National Honor Society and involved in numerous extracurricular activities including District Honor Band and is an officer of the Chess Club. Kyle is proud to be a founding member and protest leader of Hope for the Hills.org, a non-profit grassroots organization fighting the establishment of 200-foot-tall, 500 kilovolt power lines that Southern California Edison is building throughout the community of Chino Hills.