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Students win 'Excellence' scholarships

Twenty-eight local students were recently awarded college scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 each under a program called Pursuit of Excellence, started by Jerry and Dick Smallwood of Palo Alto.

The scholarships are seen as a "tipping point" for these students in terms of helping them go to college.

Since 1985, about 330 students have received grants totaling more than $2 million. The program includes a mentoring program to help with future economic needs. Recipients are recommended by school counselors and teachers.

Below are recipients from high schools in the Almanac's area, with the college they plan to attend.

Menlo-Atherton High School: Jessamine Zamora, UC Santa Cruz; Shanissa Armand, Holy Names University, Oakland; Daniel Estrella, California State University, East Bay; and Victor Alvarez Chavez, San Francisco State.

Woodside High School: Christian Cuevas, UC Santa Barbara; Marlene Rosales, Canada College; Karina Zapata, UC Santa Cruz; Martin Esquivias, UC Santa Cruz; and Pierre Abdel-Malek, Cal Poly.

Summit Prep: Janice Bonello, California State, Monterey.

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— Allison Silverman


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