More than 100 students from four local high schools received scholarships and academic achievement awards during the Rotary Club of Menlo Park's scholastic achievement awards ceremony at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on May 13.
Scholarships worth $145,000 were awarded to 23 local high school students, including seven who received Alice Kleeman Community College awards, named after the longtime guidance counselor at Menlo-Atherton High School.
Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation president Lisa Cesario said the scholarship funds are derived from contributions by club members, investments from former members and donors, and club fundraising events such as the annual Tour de Menlo bicycle ride held in August.
In addition to the Alice Kleeman awards, other scholarships in varying amounts were given to 16 students who were chosen by the Rotary's scholarship committee, which interviewed all applicants.
The scholastic achievement awards went to students from Eastside College Prep, Menlo-Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School.
The evening began with a rousing concert by the Menlo-Atherton Jazz Band, and a talk by Menlo College President Steven Weiner titled "Make a Difference."
The scholastic achievement awards were presented by representatives from each high school.
The college scholarships were presented by Lisa Cesario, Michelle Tsui (Tsui-Tsiang Family Math and Science Scholarship), and Drue Kataoka (the Drue Kataoka Arts Scholarship).
Following are the names of the scholarships, the recipient's name and high school, and the college the recipient plans to attend.
● Menlo Park Rotary Foundation Scholarship: Sal Argueta, Menlo School, Arizona State University.
● Robert G. Paroli Family Scholarship: Samantha Castaneda, Menlo School, Williams College.
● Menlo Park Rotary Foundation Scholarship: David Civil, Eastside College Preparatory, UC Riverside.
● Business and Professional Scholarship: Gabriella Guttierez, Sacred Heart Preparatory, Santa Clara University.
● Doris and Orm Rector Scholarship: Sandra Guttierez, Menlo-Atherton, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
● Menlo Park Rotary Foundation Scholarship: Nery Roman Hernandez, Eastside College Preparatory, USC.
● Menlo Park Rotary Foundation Scholarship: Joseph Hill, Sacred Heart Preparatory, Arizona State University.
● Barbara and Tom Borden Scholarship: Cindy James, Sacred Heart Preparatory, St. Mary's (Moraga).
● Menlo Park Rotary Foundation Scholarship: Isabelle Maennle, Sacred Heart Preparatory, UC Santa Cruz.
● Crittenden Family Scholarship: Christopher Mansilla, Eastside College Preparatory, UC Santa Barbara.
● Menlo Park Rotary Foundation Scholarship: Gladys Monje-Landeros, Eastside College Preparatory, UC Santa Cruz.
● Menlo Park Rotary Foundation Scholarship: Carlos Nunez, Eastside College Preparatory, UC Riverside.
● John D. Russell Scholarship: Eric Perez, Eastside College Preparatory, Georgetown University.
● Tsui/Tsiang Family Math and Science Scholarship: Guadalupe Sahagun-Velasco, Eastside College Preparatory, UC Riverside.
● Drue Kataoka Arts Scholarship: Ninarose Roybal.
● Alice Kleeman Community College Awards (given to M-A students only): Cynthia Alvarenga, Rosemary Barajas, Abraham Guerrero, Emily Linares, Daniel Maldonado, Lesly Posada and Madelyn Trujillo.
Submitted by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park.