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.