Nine graduates win Kelly Kolozsi Scholarships


By Caitlin Moyles

Special to the Almanac

Nine high school graduates from the Sequoia Union High School District recently received Kelly Kolozsi Scholarships, which are awarded to seniors for their academic achievements, contributions to their schools and communities, and demonstrated financial need.

The winners must also attend one of the branches of the University of California in the fall, said Tita Kolozsi of Atherton, the mother of Kelly, for whom the scholarship was named.

Kelly Kolozsi was killed in 1988 by a drunken driver in North Lake Tahoe. He graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School in 1982 and from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1986.

The scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 depending on financial need, Ms. Kolozsi said. She added that a committee of eight members selected the winners based on a transcript, essay, teacher recommendation, and interview.

Four students were named Kelly Kolozsi Scholars, allowing them to apply for a one-year renewal of their scholarship. They are: Sophia Fries and Melissa Mahood of Woodside High School; Matteo Porcedda of Sequoia High School; and Carly Reed of Carlmont High School.

Awards of merit were awarded to Erica Balderrama, Fiona Kirby and Jennifer Neider of Menlo-Atherton High School; Matteo Porcedda of Sequoia High School; and Ahuitz Romo-Gonzales of Woodside High School.

Chelsea Braun of UCLA, Courtney Durdle of UC Davis, Alena Mclucas of UC Santa Cruz, and Victoria Tinoco of UC Riverside received scholarship renewals after being named Kelly Kolozsi Scholars last year.

"These students are all unbelievable," Ms. Kolozsi said. "They always restore my appreciation for the younger generation."

This year's scholarship winners will be recognized with certificates at their respective high schools' awards night ceremonies, she said.

Contact Tita Kolozsi at for more information regarding the scholarship.

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