The Rotary Club of Santa Maria Breakfast recently completed its scholarship application process and made awards from $500 to $1,000 to 21 local students, totaling $14,000. There were applications made from all the local high schools including St. Joseph High School, Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria High School, Valley Christian Academy, Righetti High School and Orcutt Academy High School.
"We were pleased by the large number of applicants this year," said Mike Gibson,a member of the scholarship committee. "With 93 applications to consider, the large number speaks to the need that is out there. While we were happy to give out 21 scholarships, we only wish we had more dollars to award. The quality of the applications was outstanding."
The categories of scholarships include $500 in Vocational Scholarships, $1,000 for the Breakfast Rotary Memorial Scholarship given in memory of deceased members of the club, $6,500 in Special Recognition Awards and $5,000 in Support Awards. Additionally, the club established an endowment at Cal Poly to award $1,000 annually to a Cal Poly architecture student in memory of Jared and Davie Hurley. Numerous members of the community contributed to this fund in memory of the Hurleys. Jared was a prominent local architect and Cal Poly alumnus. This year’s recipient was Stephen Hubert.
Scholarship winners were honored at its meeting on May 21 at the Santa Maria Inn.
Vocational Scholarship -- $500: Stephanie Villalovos -- Righetti High School.
Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Memorial Scholarship -- $1,000: Hannah Hurd -- Righetti High School.
Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Special Recognition Awards -- $1,000 each: Madalynn Cross -- Orcutt Academy High School; Jonah Mau -- Pioneer Valley High School; Maria Mendoza -- Righetti High School; Brigid Rigali -- St. Joseph High School; Lauren Hunt -- Santa Maria High School; Abigail Correale -- Valley Christian Academy.
Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Support Awards -- $500 each: Chanel Diaz -- Orcutt Academy High School; Jacquelynn Sharp -- Orcutt Academy High School; Jazmin Sanchez -- Orcutt Academy High School; Vanessa Sierra Rojas -- Pioneer Valley High School; Miguel Garcia Aguillar -- Pioneer Valley High School; Teagan Ellsworth-- Pioneer Valley High School; Susel Garcia-Gijon -- Righetti High School; Millicent Angulo -- Righetti High School; Edgar Rodriguez -- Righetti High School; Jisu Yoon -- Righetti High School; Victoria Tonascia -- Righetti High School; Brooke Crowley -- St. Joseph High School; and Gerardo Nevarez -- Santa Maria High School.