Santa Cruz Area Chapter Scholarships
About the Award
The Santa Cruz Area Chapter annually awards $20,000 in scholarships to high school and community college students from Santa Cruz County who elect to
attend SJSU. These students demonstrate a solid commitment to education and the community.
Michael holds three associate degrees from Cabrillo College and is currently majoring in business management at SJSU. He cites his aunt as his inspiration for setting his high academic goals. He’s maintained an excellent academic record while working 30 hours per week since high school and was a member of Cabrillo’s honor society, Alpha Gamma Sigma. Michael is involved in Oddfellows and has participated in a U.N. pilgrimage.
Alondra is a linguistics major and her interest in languages is founded in her parents’ insistence that she learn both Spanish and English to retain her Mexican culture. She has earned a Certificate of Biliteracy. She volunteers at Jacob’s Heart, a nonprofit that helps the families of children with cancer, and is proud to be the first in her family to graduate college.
Xiaoyan, a business major concentrating in accounting, plans to become a CPA. She emigrated from China three years ago and has made a successful, concerted effort to learn English and succeed in college. While at Cabrillo College, she tutored students and maintained a near-perfect GPA while working 20 hours per week.
Joel is majoring in chemistry and plans to pursue a career in pharmacy. His decision to major in chemistry was influenced by seeing current medicine be unable to diagnose a loved one’s illness. Joel has served in his community and plans to make a difference in the world.
Alberto is pursuing civil engineering and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class at Watsonville High School. He participated in Upward Bound at CSU Monterey Bay over two summers and is an avid soccer player. He plans to give back to his community and, as an engineer, build soccer fields in his community.
Melissa is a Cabrillo College transfer student majoring in child and adolescent development with a minor in atypical child studies. Her choice of major was informed by her personal experience of being in foster care and knowing the challenges this brings to a child’s development. Melissa has extensive experience in working with children with developmental disabilities and will seek an M.A. in occupational therapy after earning her undergraduate degree.
Marinelle, a graduate of Harbor High School and 13th in her class, is majoring in pre-nursing. She has a certificate in health care and volunteers with the elderly while managing a part-time job. Her immediate goal is to become a Registered Nurse and then pursue a specialization in oncology. She recently accepted an invitation from the National Academy of Future Physicians to represent Harbor High and California at this year’s Congress of Future Medical Leaders.