Twenty-seven graduating seniors from local high schools received scholarships at the 28th annual Rotary Club of Menlo Park scholastic awards ceremony May 19 at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center.
In addition to the scholarships, just over 100 students received academic achievement awards that were selected and presented by the principals or headmasters of their school.
Rotary Club president Glen Rojas welcomed about 300 parents and friends of the students after the Menlo-Atherton High School Jazz Band performed several numbers to the delight of the crowd.
Former Rotary Club president Tim Leary introduced the featured speaker, Dr. Charles Prober, the senior associate dean for medical education and professor of pediatrics, microbiology and immunology at Stanford Medical School.
In an uplifting speech, Dr. Prober exhorted the students to continue to strive for educational excellence and find and pursue their passions in life, and then turned the podium over to two residents from Stanford, who shared their life stories.
The need-based scholarships, totaling $128,000, were provided by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation for students attending four-year colleges and local community colleges. Members of the club's scholarship awards committee interviewed the applicants and made the final decisions on the winners.
Seventeen students who are attending four-year colleges and 10 who will attend community colleges received scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $12,000.
Here are the recipients of this year's Rotary Club of Menlo Park scholarship awards:
n The Tsui-Tang Family Math and Science Scholarship went to Menlo-Atherton student Georgia Reid, who will attend Lewis and Clark College.
n The John D. Russell Scholarship went to Menlo-Atherton student Madeleine Rostami, who will attend Northwestern University.
n The Crittenden Family Scholarship went to home schooled student Carolyn McBirney, who will attend Cal Poly. n The Robert G. Paroli Scholarship went to Eastside College Preparatory student Dayana Sandoval, who will attend UC Santa Cruz.
n The Doris and Orm Rector Scholarship went to Sacred Heart Preparatory student Diana Marin-Melo, who will attend Georgetown.
nThe Edward Mintz Scholarship went to Sacred Heart student Fabian Chavez, who will attend Santa Clara.
n The Business and Professional Scholarship went to Sacred Heart student Ruth Gomez, who will attend Loyola Marymount.
n A Menlo Park Rotary Foundation Scholarship went to Eastside College Preparatory student Ayana Bohannon, who will attend Emory.
n A Menlo Park Rotary Foundation Scholarship went to East Palo Alto Academy student Gurjeet Chahal, who will attend UC San Diego.
n A Menlo Park Rotary Foundation Scholarshp went to Eastside College Preparatory student Johanna Cortez, who will attend Connecticut.
n A Menlo Park Rotary Foundation Scholarship went to Eastside College Preparatory student Jose Sanchez, who will attend Bates.
n A Menlo Park Rotary Foundation Scholarship went to Eastside College Preparatory student Kayte Toscano, who will attend U.C. Davis.
In addition the following students received Peninsula College Fund/Rotary Club of Menlo Park scholarships: Andres Gomes, Mayra Garcia and Talmai Soto Abarca.
The Drue Kataoka Arts Scholarships went to Emily Sykes and Lucy Aaron.
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards went to Darian Andrade of Eastside College Preparatory, Angelean Johnson of Eastside College Preparatory, and Kimberly Tsiang of Sacred Heart Preparatory.
Tom Borden grants for community college scholarships went to Katy Bailon Leon, Juan Lopez Casildo, Randy Lopez, Virginia Magana and Adriana Ortiz.
Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation Awards for community college scholarships went to Constance Carrasco, Ernesto Carriel, Robert DeGeus, Mouianga Fehoko and Susan Vunga.