2018 Scholarship Recipient

Haolin Zhu

Haolin Zhu is a graduate of Jefferson High School, current student at UC Berkeley, and aspiring Civil Engineer with a focus on building infrastructure in low-income communities. When his family immigrated in elementary-school, they had little English or income. Haolin endured bullying for his language barrier, but used it to fuel his drive to learn …

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Areeta Wong

Areeta Wong is a senior at San Mateo High School who plans to study Computer Science and Business Administration at a four-year college. She is involved in multiple organizations to increase opportunities for women in technology and founded an award-winning local event towards that goal. She also gives back through tutoring under-achieving elementary students. Areeta’s …

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Christian Wood

Christian Wood is a senior at Jefferson High School who will attend City College of San Francisco in the fall and plans to transfer to a four-year university and study Marine Biology. He is motivated to achieve as a way to honor his grandmother, who was his primary caregiver until she passed a few years …

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Hur (Luna) Teoh

Hur (Luna) Teoh is a senior at Mills High School who is excited to explore an array of electives in college, from pre-med to philosophy, or complete her mastery of Mandarin and Spanish for a career facilitating communication as a translator. She volunteers hundreds of hours with community organizations including athletics, youth tutoring, and food …

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Natalie Siu

Natalie Siu is a junior at Westmoor High School who hopes to become an Environmental Scientist and work to protect animals from endangerment and extinction due to human impact. Her love of nature has fueled Natalie’s community volunteering, and driven her to succeed in the classroom so she will be able to have an impactful …

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Samantha Sandoval

Samantha Sandoval is a junior at El Camino High School who plans to attend a four-year university with a goal of becoming an Ecologist focused on increasing our understanding of human-caused climate change. She is a life-long volunteer, currently with the San Francisco Zoo and St. Andrew Parish. Samantha has balanced her studies with supporting …

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Melanie Segura

Melanie Segura is a senior at San Mateo High School who plans to attend the medical assistance program at Cañada College before transferring to University of San Francisco and becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife to help babies born to parents battling addiction.  She has overcome significant financial hardship, personal loss, and a trouble-filled teenage rebellion. …

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Joaquin Preciado

  Joaquin Preciado is a current student at the College of San Mateo and Supported Training & Employment Program (STEP) intern with the San Mateo County Probation Department who hopes to become a therapist for foster children. As a former foster youth who battled addiction, Joaquin has overcome incredible personal challenges. Today he uses his …

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