San Jose Woman's Club Scholarships 2013-14 Recipients
The San José Woman's Club is one of the oldest community organizations in San Jose. In December of 1894, nine San Jose women gathered to discuss forming a "woman's club." At the time, women across America were organizing to address issues of suffrage and temperance. The San Jose women decided to take a larger view. They formed a club where the members regardless of creed, nationality or social position could engage in cultural, philanthropic and charitable activities.
Scholarship programs for local students were instituted in the late 1940's and members of the San José Woman's Club continue to look for opportunities to support local nonprofits and downtown community groups.
"I have always thrived helping others--be it through service, fundraising, teaching, or advocating. Too many students forget the importance of contributing to their community among the stress of schoolwork and financial expenses. This scholarship relieves some of my financial burden and allows me to focus on what I consider most important: making progress for myself and those around me. I am extremely grateful for that opportunity. It helps me reach my own educational goals, and gives me the chance to help others reach their goals as well."
Patricia is currently in her third year at San José State and pursuing a B.S. in Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics. She is the recipient of the SJSU President's Scholarship and Morton Future Teacher Award for Mathematics. As an official UNICEF volunteer, she was recognized with the President's Volunteer Service Award, only one of 95 people nationwide, for her work with UNICEF. Patricia works as a math tutor and gymnastics coach and currently serves as a San Jose International Rescue Committee volunteer helping with refugee immigration workshops. Additionally, she volunteers with MedShare sorting medical supplies, and is a SOLD Project intern helping develop a campus outreach program for the prevention of human trafficking.
"This scholarship will help me pay for books and help with tuition. Being honored with this scholarship has brought such happiness and pride within the family, especially since it is my very first one being awarded."
Gabriela will earn her Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies with a minor in Psychology this spring. She is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society and was recently granted an internship with the JusticeCorps program. Since starting her journey at SJSU, Gabriela has been involved in a number of volunteer opportunities, including serving as a mentor for elementary school students through the Fuerza Escolar Mentoring Program. She also volunteers as a Legacy Tour guide to educate individuals about the cultural and diverse aspects of San José State. Gabriela plans to pursue a career as either an attorney or FBI agent.
"I am proud to have earned this scholarship from the San Jose Woman's Club because I love what this organization stands for. As a member of a Kappa Delta, I live one block away from the clubhouse, and I have always wanted to learn more about this organization. Now that I have been graciously awarded this scholarship, which will alleviate some of the tuition for my final year at SJSU, I am honored that I have been commended for my hard work and that I now have a connection with the wonderful ladies just up the street."
Laura is majoring in humanities, with a concentration in American studies. She is the vice president of operations for Kappa Delta Sorority and the director of university advising affairs with Associated Students. For 15 years Laura has been involved with Girl Scouts of Northern California. In the future, Laura plans to attend law school and looks forward to working abroad.