2021 Friends of the Solana Beach Library Scholarships
This year the Friends of the Solana Beach Library
Board of Directors will award at least three $1,000
scholarships for education beyond the high school
Scholarship applications and answers to frequently asked questions can be downloaded using the links below.
Starting March 19, applications and FAQs will also be available as printed forms from the staff at the Solana Beach branch of the San Diego County Library. Visit www.sdcl.org/locations_SB.html for current library hours.
Applicants can be:
graduating high school seniors
career/technical/vocational school students
community college students
undergraduate college or university students
graduate or medical or other professional students
adult re-entry students
To qualify for a 2021 Friends Scholarship, an
applicant must meet all of these criteria:
Live within the Solana Beach city limits
Plan to attend a community college, four-year college or university, career/vocational/technical program, or graduate/professional school program within the United States
Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
Need financial assistance to help with school expenses
Submit an application, short essay, permission form and two letters of recommendation by May 31, 2021
CONGRATULATIONS, 2019 FRIENDS SCHOLARS!
May 29th | 2019
2019 Friends of Solana Beach Library Scholarship winners (left to right): Diana Hernandez, Wendy Mendoza and Ella Chambers
On Wednesday evening, May 29, the Friends of the Solana Beach Library recognized three Solana Beach residents with the organization’s 2019 Scholarship awards at a celebration at the Library.
The recipients of the three $2,000 scholarships — Ella Chambers, Diana Hernandez and Wendy Mendoza — were recognized for outstanding academic achievement; intelligence, integrity, hard work and determination; dedication to their family and peers; and service to their school, their community and the world beyond. All three scholars this year are graduating seniors at Torrey Pines High School.
Ella Chambers attended a Spanish immersion program in elementary school, became fluent in Spanish, and in high school volunteered as a tutor for the North County Immigration and Citizenship Center’s Pathways to Citizenship program. Ella emerged as a natural leader and a source of good ideas for improving the program, so the Center hired her. Under her leadership as Citizenship Volunteer Coordinator, the Pathways program has to date produced 57 new citizens, with a 100% passing rate. Ella will study political science at Miami University of Ohio in preparation for a career in law and public policy.
Diana Hernandez will study chemistry in college — it’s her favorite subject, especially the math component of chemistry. During her high school years she has also pursued interests in painting, photography and music. She will begin her college career at MiraCosta College this fall and then transfer to University of California, Merced. She plans to become a pediatrician. Diana credits community programs such as the mentoring program at Casa de Amistad, and Boys and Girls Club internships, community service programs and college trips, with helping her learn English, gain self-confidence and succeed in her education. She has given back to the community by volunteering for events in La Colonia and at the library, at Father Joe’s Village, and the Boys and Girls Club.
Wendy Mendoza will study behavioral neuroscience at University of San Diego and plans to become a doctor of medicine. As a child Wendy was part of the tutoring program at Casa de Amistad, where she observed the positive influence of the program’s tutors on herself and others. Like many of the students who have benefitted from Casa de Amistad’s program, when she reached high school Wendy became a volunteer herself, and she now tutors elementary students in math, reading and writing. She has also served as a volunteer through St. Leo’s Mission, the AVID club at Torrey Pines High School, and the Boys and Girls Club.
At the May 29th ceremony Linnea Dayton, chair of the Friends of the Solana Beach Library Scholarship Committee, introduced the students and welcomed their families, current and former teachers and mentors, and other celebrants from the community. Vickie Driver, president of the Friends, presented the students with their scholarship certificates and checks, Friends coffee mugs, congratulatory bouquets and gift cards for use in the Friends Title Wave bookstore at the library
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