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 Scholarship Winners Will Pursue Careers in Education

Region 18 of the Association of California School Administrators (San Diego and Imperial Counties) and the San Diego County School Boards Association recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to five deserving high school seniors.

The scholarships provide an award for high school seniors who meet the following criteria:  1) show proven academic success with at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average; 2) are involved in community service; 3) who may not necessarily qualify for other financial aid, and 4) are pursuing a career in education as a teacher or other certificated employee.

Kassandra M Contreras, Calexico High School (Calexico Unified School District), is heading to UC San Diego to complete a four-year degree in English and Literature and become a high school teacher.

Isabella Cruz, Steele Canyon High School (Grossmont Union High School District), is heading to Samford University to complete a four-year degree in English and Spanish as well as earn a Master’s in education. She plans to become a middle school teacher.

David Miller, Liberty Charter High (Literacy First Charter Schools), is heading to California Baptist University to complete a four-year degree in history and become a high school teacher.

Lauren O’Neill, Carlsbad High School (Carlsbad Unified School District), is heading to the University of San Diego or UC Santa Barbara to complete a four-year degree in history while concurrently earning a single subject teaching credential. She plans to become a high school teacher.

Brian Velasco, Guajome Park Academy (Vista Unified School District), is heading to MiraCosta College and on to UC San Diego to earn a four-year degree in music education, and become a high school teacher.

The scholarships were possible through donations made by attendees at the annual ACSA and SDCSBA Honoring Our Own awards dinner, both organizations, and generous business partners.