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May 15, 2018 > Kiwanis Club awards Turnaround Scholarships

Kiwanis Club awards Turnaround Scholarships

Submitted By Shirley Sisk and Marsha Badella

On Tuesday, May 22, at a special evening meeting, members of the Kiwanis Club of Fremont will host a ?Turnaround? Scholarship awards banquet. These scholarships are in recognition of at risk high school seniors who have ?turned around? their lives after disastrous beginnings in high school and before.

Program recipients are honored because they have confronted and overcome problems such as abusive parents, gang violence, depression, sexual assault, poverty, homelessness, family substance abuse, addiction and more. These scholarship recipients are courageous young people and are now looking forward to completing college or trade school. All recipients were nominated by counselors or teachers from their schools.

Receiving these awards of $1,500 each are:

Priya Bajaj ? John F. Kennedy
Abraham Duenas ? American
Breanna Finney ? Decoto IS (Independent Study)
Gabrielle Laporte - Newark Memorial
Liliana Moreno - Conley Caraballo
Jazzy Shegal ? James Logan

Receiving her fourth-year scholarship is Angel Klyce from John F. Kennedy High who is at UC Berkeley working on her BA in Computer Science. Her goal is a PhD and working with students with learning disabilities.

Jesus Leon from Decoto IS, is in his third year and transferring to UC Davis. His goal is a Bachelors and Masters degree in math and scientific computation

Victoria Herrick, from Newark Memorial, will be entering her third year at Chabot with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher.

Archana Sharma & Hari Suresh are in their 1st year. Archana is at Ohlone studying biology and Hari is at UC Davis studying chemical engineering.

Each student has been assigned a Kiwanis Club of Fremont mentor who will be there for them in their college years whenever they are needed and will monitor the students? progress giving advice and encouragement so their goals are realized.

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