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June 21, 2011 > Cargill awards scholarships to Newark grads

Cargill awards scholarships to Newark grads

Article and Photo Submitted by Jill Singleton

Cargill awarded 13 Newark Memorial High School 2011 graduates a total of $22,000 in college scholarships - more than double the awards granted in 2010. Eleven students took home $20,000 through Cargill's Claire Lopez Memorial Scholarship Program, enabling them to attend the colleges of their choosing. Two $1,000 Ohlone Community College grants were also given.

Winners were Diana Ibarra ($4,000) who will study nursing at St. Mary's College, Vinit Nayak and Aaron Yang ($3,000 each), Daniela Rodriguez and Kayla Wood ($2,000 each), Lena Chaitesipasuet, Stephanie Dizon, Ahalya Nalamothu, Delight Nwangu, Loraine Wong and Elizabeth Venegas ($1,000 each). Ahalya Nalamothu also took home a $1,000 Ohlone College scholarship along with Diem Huynh.

"These are such great kids and there is so much need," said Aileen Fox, Human Resources Manager for Cargill. "We stepped it up this year and only wish we could do more."

Since initiating its Newark Memorial High School scholarship program with a top grant of $1,000 in 1999, Cargill has awarded $58,500 to Newark High School graduates in honor of Claire Lopez, the former chief engineer for the salt company. Despite an 8th grade education, Claire was a lifelong learner, who oversaw operations of 40,000 acres and construction of three salt plants. He also served on the Fremont School Board and dedicated much of his time to mentoring young people. In addition to the Claire Lopez awards, Cargill directed two $1,000 grants to students entering Ohlone Community College.

Cargill employs 200 union and management workers at its Newark solar salt and refinery where the company produces 500,000 tons of salt each year to supply food, agriculture and industry throughout the Western United States. For more information, visit www.cargill.com.

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