The $87,000 in need-based scholarships were shared by students planning to attend four-year colleges and community colleges, and the recipients of two arts scholarship. Students from Eastside College Preparatory, East Palo Alto Academy, Sacred Heart Preparatory and Menlo-Atherton high schools received scholarships and academic awards. Academic honors also went to students from Menlo School.
The students who received the scholastic awards were selected by their school. The awards were handed out by school principals and headmasters as parents, friends and fellow students looked on at the Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center on May 20. The ceremony was preceded by an uplifting address from Michael Pritchard, a motivational speaker well-known in the Bay Area.
Rotary Club president Tim Leary welcomed the students to the event and Rotary Club Foundation president Lee Lippert handed out the scholarships. Club member Michelle Tsui presented her family's math and science scholarship, awarded every year to a top-performing young woman, and two students received arts scholarships endowed by Drue Kataoka. In addition, six students received Rotary youth leadership awards for taking part in a training program for sophomores and juniors that focuses on leadership, citizenship, service, and personal growth.
Here are the recipients of this year's Rotary Club of Menlo Park scholarship awards:
• Tsui/Tsiang Family Math and Science Scholarship to Elizabeth Arellano, Eastside Preparatory, who is headed to Reed College.
• Judge John D. Russell Scholarship to Alex Braslavsky, Sacred Heart Preparatory, who is headed to Columbia University.
• Robert G. Paroli Family Scholarship to Alaina Pekary, who is headed to Biola.
• Doris and Orm Rector Scholarship to Daniella Sanchez, Menlo-Atherton, who is headed to Northwestern.
• Crittenden Family Scholarship to Katherine Woods, Menlo-Atherton, who is headed to USC.
• Business and Professional Scholarship to Raven Campbell, Eastside Preparatory, who is headed to Occidental.
• Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation Scholarships to: Jamauri Bowles, Eastside Preparatory, headed to Haverford College; Gladys Bustos, Eastside Preparatory, headed to UCLA; Samantha Castaneda, Eastside Preparatory, headed to St. Mary's; Cameron Merten, Sacred Heart Preparatory, headed to UCLA; Alexandria Mullings, Sacred Heart Preparatory, headed to USC; Ethan Williams, Sacred Heart Preparatory, headed to Stanford; Alexis Cole, headed to Canada College; Mathew LaDouceur, Menlo-Atherton, headed to College of San Mateo; Alexia Lozano, Menlo-Atherton, headed to Canada College; Jonathan Morataya, Menlo-Atherton, headed to Foothill College; and Linda Torres, East Palo Alto Academy, headed to Foothill College.
• Drue Kataoka Arts Scholarshps to Brian Ormondi and Kristen Wong.
•Tom Borden Grant to: Dambi Byun, Menlo-Atherton, headed to DeAnza College; Angel Cuschieri, Menlo-Atherton, headed to Foothill College; Madeline Dutton-Gillett, Menlo-Atherton, headed to Canada College; Nimsi Garcia-Sandoval, Menlo-Atherton, headed to Canada College; Cassie Sansberry, Menlo-Atherton, headed to San Francisco City College.