The Rewards for Excellence Scholarships enable Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe to effectively recognize the students in the community who will be pursuing further education or training after high school. Selection is based on academics, special talents, leadership, obstacles overcome, communication skills, unique endeavors and community service.
Each spring Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe completes this process and each spring the talent and potential within the community is amazing. The recipients, their school and amount of scholarship are:
Kimberley Burns, South Tahoe High School, $1,000; Lindsey Campbell, STHS, $1,000; Alicia Fuller, STHS, $1,000; Ryan Gleason, STHS, $2,000; Ben Brockman-Hawe, George Whittell High School, $1,000; Gregory Head, STHS, $2,000; Martina Pavelko, STHS, $2,000; Arlyle Shaw, Whittell High School, $2,000; Amber Ward, STHS, $1,000; Brian Ware, STHS, $700; and Carole Taylor, Lake Tahoe Community College, $700.
–Burns is ranked second in her class at STHS. She plans to pursue a degree in political science with a concentration in international relations from the University of California, Los Angeles. Burns has learned to work with others and lead effectively. She also has learned to think on her feet, evaluating and expressing ideas quickly while trying to present logical arguments that support her point – all traits of a future diplomat. Active in youth Christian activities this creative young lady is also a National Merit Scholarship finalist and was a Soroptimist Young Women of the Month. Burns acknowledges sticking with the high school swim team as the accomplishment she is most proud.
–Campbell is most proud of the fact that she knows exactly what she wants to do for the rest of her life. She wants to be a chef. To realize this ambition she will attend the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York. She has been working at Harrah’s for the past year, first in the American River Cafe and now in the bakery. She is described as determined and hard working and one day will most likely have her own show on the Cooking Network.
–Fuller cites attending college as a long term goal and will attend California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo this fall to major in mathematics. It is important to recognize that this determined young lady will graduate from high school with a 4.0 grade point average, while simultaneously earning enough credits at Lake Tahoe Community College to complete her general education requirements and working part time. Fuller said that the lack of math and science teachers is a motivator for her to become a teacher.
–Gleason is student body president and is very proud of the many community service projects he was able to initiate enabling the student body to give back to their community. He will attend Northern Arizona University to pursue a career in dentistry. Gleason has learned the importance of teamwork and listening to others. He said that through his life experiences he has gained confidence and become more assertive – all tool that have prepared him for the future.
Brockman-Hawe plans to meet the challenges of the future with an open mind and a proactive spirit. He said that he comes from a family with a history of being involved with helping others, and it is his desire to continue the tradition. He will major in premedicine at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. While the next few years will be a time of great change in his life, he has a solid footing provided by family support and self-motivation.
–Head considers himself blessed with a great education that has prepared him for the challenges in college and beyond. He will attend the University of California at San Diego this fall to major in computer science. Head states that one of his greatest learning experiences was the interaction and leadership learned as a Buddy Werner Youth Ski League coach.
–Pavelko, who ranks number one in her class, will attend Stanford University this fall to pursue a degree in biology. Her interests are many and varied. She has been active in California Scholarship Federation since the 10th grade, has assisted in the creation of Viking Television productions and varsity cross country running and is an accomplished pianist. Pavelko is a poised and thoughtful young women and was selected as Soroptimist Young Women of the Month.
–Shaw’s involved in music, sports, art and academics has consumed her life. These interests will guide her through the future as she enters the University of Nevada, Reno to pursue a degree in art education. Shaw is intent on pursuing a career that will enable her to utilize her artistic, athletic and musical abilities and combine them with her desire to help others.
–Ward is a determined and independent young woman who will graduate fifth in her class. She plans to attend Westmont College in Santa Barbara to pursue a degree in theater. Her participation in school, family, work and community have prepared her to meet challenges she may face in the future. In 10 years Ward envisions herself involved in either acting or fashion design.
–Ware will attend Lake Tahoe Community College this fall before transferring to the University of California, San Diego. He aspires to be an FBI agent and feels that a degree in criminal forensics will prepare him for that career. Ware describes the past three years of his life as an obstacle course. While his family situation has been challenging, he has been able to successfully overcome any hurdles placed in his way. Ware said that his goal in life is to prove that he can be successful and is is well on his way.
–Taylor, after 13 years with the Postal Service, decided to pursue a new line of work, one where she would be both fulfilled and challenged. Her life change decision pointed her to the medical field with the goal of becoming a nurse. Taylor currently is attending Lake Tahoe Community College while working at Barton Memorial Hospital and plans to enter the nursing program at Western Nevada Community. In the future she plans to pursue a bachelor of science degree in nursing at California State University, Chico. In 10 years she sees herself in a nursing supervisor position and would like to teach classes to the new nursing students.
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