to local students
Seventy-seven recent high school graduates from 41 local high schools have each been awarded $500 scholarships by the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF).
Scholarships amounting to $38,500 were raised by VCCF’s Scholarship Fund for Ventura County in partnership with the Ventura County Star and more than 180 donors, including HAAS Automation, which contributed $25,000.
"The scholarship fund for Ventura County represents an investment in our future leadership," said Mary Leavens Schwabauer, chair-elect of VCCF’s board of directors and chair of the scholarship advisory committee. "We are pleased to be able to work with a large number of donors and the Ventura County Star to provide this opportunity for these talented and deserving students."
The scholarship winners were chosen through the scholarship program honoring some of the county’s top students based on criteria such as grade point average, school activities and community service. The winners included:
Vamsidhar Chavakula and Mala Mandyam of Agoura Hills; Clarmyra Hayes of Calabasas; Andrew Cantwell, Samantha Groden, Aubrey Guthrie, Julie Newberry and Eric Salas Sandoval of Moorpark; Kaitlin Horan, Mee Ko, Matthew Lee, Jared Perrin and Zoe Raleigh of Newbury Park; Cary Finkelstein and Kelly Gelpi of Oak Park; Karen Brown, Kyle Fitz-gerald, Hayley Goerisch, Michelle Koenig, Dmitriy Kolodin, Aseem Vyas, Hillary Wilkinson and Whitney Wirth of Simi Valley; Melody Hsiou, Melissa Lee, Kimberly Nakashima, Ozmayda Reyfa, Heather Sand and William Wu of Thousand Oaks; and Keira Hertz and Bret Perry of Westlake Village.
In June, VCCF awarded 189 scholarships totaling $199,340 to 162 local students through its annual community scholarship programs.
The additional 77 scholarships awarded through the scholarship fund for Ventura County bring to nearly $315,000 the amount that VCCF has invested in the youth of Ventura County in 2004 to help them pursue their educational dreams.