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May 14, 2013 > Turnaround Scholarships awarded by Kiwanis Club

Turnaround Scholarships awarded by Kiwanis Club

Submitted By Marsha Badella

On Tuesday, May 28th at a special evening meeting, members of the Kiwanis Club of Fremont hosted a "turnaround" scholarship dinner. These scholarships are in recognition of at risk high school seniors who have "turned around" their life after a disastrous start in high school. The program's recipients are honored because they confronted and overcame problems such as substance abuse and addiction, abusive parents and guardians, poverty, homelessness, physical handicap or illness challenges.

All recipients were nominated by counselors or teachers from their schools. Receiving these awards of $1,000 each are: Daniel Amadi- American; Maria Contreras - Washington; Amanda Lynch, Carmen Hernandez & Gaborela Ortiz - Irvington; Joseph Daniel Perez, Liliana Ramirez & Mary Robinson - James Logan; Rhicka-Joyce Crudo, Isaac Hanson, Haley Jones, Saul Lopez-Perez, Siera Lyn Mason, Dulce Cardenas & Cindy Vazquez - Newark Memorial. Dulce is a returning recipient who will be completing her fourth year at San Jose State University with the goal of becoming a counselor working with at-risk juveniles.

These courageous young people have overcome tremendous obstacles and are looking forward to completing college or trade school. They have indicated professional preferences in the criminal justice system, special education, medicine and other disciplines. Each student has been assigned a Kiwanis Club of Fremont mentor who will help guide, mentor and encourage them through their college years.

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