Youth on Course distributes $150,000 to deserving high school graduates

The mission of Youth on Course is to provide youth with links to a better future – and on Wednesday, thirty-seven futures got a whole lot brighter.

Nearly 150 people gathered at Lake Merced Golf Club for the inaugural Youth on Course Scholarship Luncheon, where 37 high school seniors formally received Youth on Course scholarships. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom was in attendance to congratulate recipients. Awards totaled $150,000 given in recognition for students’ outstanding community stewardship, academics and personal achievements.

Each YOC scholarship recipient was handed an official certificate from Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom

Each student received at least $4,000 towards college education.

But that wasn’t all.

Thanks to generous donations from First Republic Bank and Sony, each recipient went home with a brand new Sony Xperia tablet to help them on their way.

Each award recipient was selected out of a pool of more than 400. The candidates had to submit extensive applications, letters of recommendation and demonstrate academic excellence. 50 Finalists were interviewed before the final selection of 37 scholars.

Of the 37 awardees, 20 will be the first in their family to attend college. 19 have connections to the golf industry, and the average GPA for the award winners was 3.91. In total the group had more than 4,000 hours of community service in high school.

This scholarship luncheon was the first of it’s kind for Youth on Course, but will continue as an annual event.

Charlotte Woo pictured with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom

Newsom addressed the crowd stating the importance of finding a passion and learning lessons from failure, reminding them of the old adage, ‘Success is often defined as the ability to move from failure to failure with enthusiasm.’

“Life is not about being something, it’s about doing something,” Newsom said.

Joining Newsom on the stage was 2010 Youth on Course scholarship recipient, Veronica Zavala, who will graduate this month from Santa Clara University as a first generation college graduate and is currently working for Google. 2014 scholar Kelsey Wong also spoke, thanking donors and describing her journey towards higher education.

“Receiving this Youth of Course scholarship, it feels like people are holding my hands,” Wong said. “Thanks for that hand. Thank you for letting me take the first step toward pursuing my higher education.”

Introducing, the Youth on Course Class of 2014:

  • Alberto Alvarado of Santa Rosa will attend UC Santa Barbara to study Economics (Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund)
  • Annika Anderson of Sacramento will attend UC Berkeley to study Molecular Biology (Linda Y. Rindt)
  • Elizabeth Azevedo of Merced will attend University of Michigan to study Communications (Thompson Family Scholar)
  • Kelsey Belli of Vacaville will attend Chico State (Honors Program) to study Foreign Linguistics (Thawley Family)
  • Angela Brown of Oakland will attend American University in Washington DC to study International Studies (George Miller)
  • Sammy Carey of Clovis will attend UC Davis (Honors Program) to study Political Science (Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund)
  • Zaria Clemmons of San Francisco will attend Agnes Scott College in Georgia to study Communications (Amelia Thornton)
  • Zenay Clemmons of San Francisco will attend Agnes Scott College in Georgia to study Business and International Studies (Dr. Bettye Saxon)
  • Noe Garza of Selma will attend Fresno Pacific University to study Biology (Tom Carter)
  • Stephanie Giori of Arcata will attend UC Davis to study Genetics (Linda Y. Rindt)
  • Eulalia Gutierrez Garcia of Hollister will attend Cal Poly to study Business (Chevron)
  • Craig Kampen of Visalia will attend UC Davis to study Medical Engineering (Cheryl & Dan Hansford)
  • Vanessa Li of San Francisco will attend UC Berkeley to study Public Health (Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund)
  • Eric Medina of Fort Bragg will attend UC Santa Cruz to study Political Science (Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund)
  • Jacqueline Medina of Salinas will attend Fresno State to study Agricultural Business (Paul Porter Memorial)
  • Emanuel Nunez of Gustine will attend UC Merced to study Biology (Chevron)
  • Kishan Patel of Santa Cruz will attend UC Davis to study Biology (Chevron)
  • Paulina Prasad of Sonoma will attend Boston University to study International Relations (Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund)
  • Max Reichart of Forest Hill will attend Cal Poly to study Communications/Journalism (Mike Cinelli)
  • Dreama Rhodes of Merced will attend UCLA to study Mathematics (Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund)
  • Palmer Runberg of Willits will attend UC Santa Barbara to study Film (Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund)
  • Lilavaline (Tina) Saensombath of Fresno will attend Fresno State to study Biology (Chevron)
  • Christopher Seruge of San Francisco will attend UC Santa Cruz to study Computer Science and Robotics (Linda Y. Rindt)
  • Anthony Speer of Merced will attend Fresno Pacific to study Pre-Physical Therapy (Chevron)
  • Zhicong (Brian) Wang of San Francisco will attend UC Berkeley (Linda Y. Rindt)
  • Samuel Waterstone of San Anselmo will attend UC Santa Barbara (Stephanie & David Baker)
  • Jantel Wells of Sacramento will attend UC Merced to study Applied Mathematics (Nancy & Bill Hammonds)
  • Frances Wilson of Hanford will attend Fresno State to study Criminology (Anne Kezirian)
  • Kelsey Wong of Fremont will attend UC Berkeley to study Political Science (Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund)
  • Charlotte Woo of San Francisco will attend New York University to study Computer Science (Chevron)
  • Theresa Woods of Sonora will attend San Diego State to study Biomedical Engineering (Mark Cooley)
  • Desirae Woodson of Yuba City will attend Chico State to study Liberal Studies (Paul & Diane Morton)
  • Xiaofan Wu of San Francisco will attend Wellesley College in Massachusetts to study Political Science (Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund)
  • Min Ying Yang of Oakland  will attend UC Berkeley to study Applied Mathematics (Stacey Baba)
  • Jasmine Yiggins of Clearlake will attend California State University East Bay to study Nursing (Bill Hauck Memorial)
  • Michael Yussuf-Mounthault of Oakland will attend UC Santa Cruz to study Legal Studies (Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund)
  • Xiao Yan (Kelly) Zhao of Tai Shan, China will attend UC Berkeley to study Linguistics and Education (Jaunich Family)

 

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