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July 3, 2018 > Local girls earn STAR Scholarships

Local girls earn STAR Scholarships

Submitted By Karen L. McCready

For the third consecutive year, nominees from Fremont high schools have earned the highly competitive STAR Scholarship. This year outdid all previous, however, by producing three winners of the $2,500 scholarship. Sponsored by Fremont P.E.O. Chapters UF and RJ, the scholarship is publicized in all of Fremont?s public high schools, seeking eleventh grade girls with a 3.5+ GPA and outstanding leadership performance in extracurricular and community service activities.

Application materials are submitted at the end of the eleventh grade, finalists are interviewed in early September, and the chapters? nominees complete the online application with P.E.O. International by early November. In September 2017, the two Fremont chapters narrowed their choices to three applicants, and then, because each chapter may nominate only one, they sought Hayward Chapter NO to nominate the third girl. When the April announcement came from P.E. O. International, all three had been awarded scholarships?not only a three-peat for the consecutive wins but a unanimous victory for all the local girls.

This year?s winners, all 2018 graduates of Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, are Ruchika Mahapatra, Lavanya Singh, and Anna Wadhwa. In the fall, these top scholars will be attending, respectively, U.C. Berkeley, Harvard, and New Jersey Institute of Technology. Both Miss Mahapatra and Miss Wadhwa plan to attend medical school, Miss Wadhwa having been accepted to Rutgers for her medical training. Miss Mahapatra is spending her second summer as an intern at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD.

Last year?s recipients from the two Fremont chapters, both American High School graduates, are attending U.C. Berkeley and Harvard.

Applications for the 2019-2020 STAR Scholarship will be available in April 2019. Contact Karen McCready,, for application instructions.

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