2016 AAUW/San Mateo Scholarship Recipients
The Kathleen A. Smith Memorial Scholarship:
Caitlin Horn (Cañada) is this year’s recipient. She is one of five children and works thirty hours a week to pay for her college education. She has been on the Dean’s List every semester, received the History Department’s 2015 Academic Achievement Award and membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Caitlin enjoys tutoring her peers in English and History. Her goal is to pursue a single subject teaching credential in social science and become a high school history teacher.
The Ethel Gayman Endowment Scholarships:
Leslie Castillo-Ortiz (Skyline) is a first generation college student who held a full-time position while working part-time on week-ends and attending community college full time. She has been on the Dean’s list and awarded membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She will be majoring in Kinesiology, with the goal of working in health care.
Ingrid Shalom Diaz (Skyline) grew up in Costa Rica. She is now a resident of the Bay Area, and a single parent of two children. Ingrid will be majoring in business, with the goal of working in public service. She has earned membership in three honor societies, one of which is international.
Vitoria Araujo Goncalves (Skyline) has a 4.0 GPA in the Honors Transfer Program and earned membership in two honor societies while working. She served two terms as a senator in Associated Students’ Government. Vitoria has been accepted at UC Berkeley and will be majoring in business.
Rawshan Omar (Cañada) was born and raised in Northern Iraq and came to the United States for a better life and education. She is married, and has a young child. Rawshan is on the Dean’s List, and a member of the STEM Center and Pre-health Society. She completed a six-month internship at the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Pharmacy in San Diego. Her long-term goal is to become a pharmacist.
Yijia Ren (Skyline) emigrated, from Shanghai in 2014. She has a 4.0 GPA in the Honors Transfer Program, majoring in economics and mathematics. She earned the Math, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) award, as well as membership in two honor societies. Yijia works part-time to support herself and help her family. Her volunteer activities include tutoring at Thomas Edison Elementary School and as the Honors Transfer Club’s finance officer.