The Community Scholarship Foundation of La Canada Flintridge held its 39th Annual Scholarship Awards Presentations honoring nine students from La Canada Flintridge. A total of $23,000.00 in scholarships were awarded during a ceremony and luncheon held May 19. The ceremony was attended by the recipients, their families, Community Scholarship Foundation members and directors, LCUSD superintendent, Wendy Sinnette and school board members Susan Boyd, Ellen Multari, and Joel Peterson. Wendy Wyatt led the awards ceremony.
The Community Scholarship Foundation (CSF) has been an integral part of La Canada Flintridge since 1964. Nearly one thousand students have benefited from CSF scholarships. Over the past 40 years, CSF has provided nearly $1 million in scholarships to support resident students in pursuing education beyond high school.
“I am truly in awe of the generosity and efforts of the CSF. The commitment to, and belief in, the potential of our town’s young people that the CSF scholarships represent is a wonderful manifestation of the heart and soul of our special community,” said Sinnette, who was a guest speaker at the presentation.
A CSF selection committee, led by Scholarship Chair, Darleen Peterson, identified the nine potential recipients, where certain key factors, including financial need, were prerequisites. Based on a review by the CSF membership of all nine students, scholarship amounts were awarded based upon CSF member input, merit, and assessed need. Award amounts ranged from $1,200.00 to $3,500.00. Scholarships were awarded to high school and post high school students.
High School Recipients:
Billy is senior at LCHS and an Eagle Scout who enjoys volunteer work. Last summer he spent four weeks as an intern at a hospital in South Korea shadowing and assisting nurses. Throughout his high school career, Billy has volunteered at his church working with autistic children. He also spent time performing numerous laboratory tasks for Amgen analyzing recombinant DNA and studying gel electrophoresis and E. Coli. Billy co-founded the Young Entrepreneurs Club at LCHS and is involved with the Liberty in North Korea Club. He played on the LCHS football team throughout his junior year, switching to tennis his senior year, making the varsity team. Billy will be attending Johns Hopkins University in the fall.
Sharon Kim (no relation to Billy)
Sharon is the recipient of the CSF’s John and Jeanne Edwards Memorial, honoring the memory of these two long time LCF residents, leaders, and contributors. Sharon is a senior at LCHS. During high school she served as an intern conducting research at USC’s Norris Cancer Center and their molecular and computational biology lab. Sharon is an accomplished musician. She is the cello principal chair in the LCHS orchestra. Additionally, she has performed solo concertos the last two years and has been a student conductor for the orchestra. She also plays the Gayageum – a Korean traditional string instrument – with the Los Angeles So Yul Orchestra, which has performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Ford Amphitheater, the Korean Cultural Center and for charity events at various hospitals. Some of her other activities include the La Canada City Youth Council, the Assistance League, and the All Nations Church, through which she spent summer mission trips in Tijuana, Mexico building houses for families in need. Sharon also finds time to work at Descanso Garden’s Patina restaurant as a waitress and cashier. Sharon will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in the fall, planning to study pre-med, with the goal of becoming a surgeon.
Joshua is a senior at LCHS and an accomplished musician. He plays the trumpet in the LCHS marching band, orchestra, and Jazz band. He also had the distinction of playing with the Pasadena City college official Tournament of Roses Honor Band. As a freshman, he was the youngest member of the band and, as a senior, he was chosen to march in the Rose Parade as one of the nine elite Herald Trumpets. Joshua also plays as a professional – working with the Untouchables Jazz Ensemble. He is also in the choir at LCHS, serving as the baritone section leader his senior year as well as one of the few chosen to sing with the Chamber Singers. Joshua is active in his church (La Canada Presbyterian), participating in the ROOTS Youth Leadership Team and playing in the praise band and led worship in the youth service. Joshua plans to attend Gettysburg College, aspiring to gain a Bachelors of Music in Trumpet Performance.
Diana is a resident of LCF and is a doctoral student at New York University in food studies. Specifically, she is focused on obtaining a deep and meaningful understanding of what food insecurity looks and feels like for underprivileged people in the developing world. Diana’s ultimate goal is eradicating hunger and malnutrition among the world’s most vulnerable populations. She has worked all over the world during her college career from Iraq to Tanzania — all of which have given her firsthand experience as she continues in her research and academic studies at NYU.
Katherine is a resident of LCF majoring in International Relations/Economics and Spanish at U.C. Davis. Her career goals center on International Law and public service. Katherine has been very active in the Delta Gamma sorority. As a member of the Pan-Hellenic Council at U.C. Davis, she has assisted in revising the recruitment process to make “rushing” more comfortable and inviting to all. In addition to her college studies and activities, Katherine has been active in the community, including helping with the Special Olympics, blood drives, Senior Center dances, creating Braille flashcards and coloring pages for children, and volunteering with the Yolo County Animal Shelter.
Evan is a resident of LCF and currently a Communication Studies major at Azusa Pacific University. He has plans to attend graduate school, followed by a career in the entertainment industry. Evan achieved his Eagle Scout award while at LCHS and continues his involvement with the Boy Scouts as an assistant Scoutmaster. Scouting has given Evan a chance to see the world, from Siberia and Mongolia to a recent 100th Anniversary Scouting Jamboree in England and the United States, where he met scouts from 28 different countries, gaining insights to the synergy that comes from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Evan is a member of the National Leadership Honor Society and participates in group discussions and service projects.
Adrien Peltzer is the recipient of the CSF’s Lt. Todd Bryant Memorial Award. Lt. Bryant was a LCHS graduate and a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point. He served his country in Iraq, where, in 2004, he made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life for our country. Adrien received his Bachelor of Science from U.C. Riverside in 2011, graduating “Cum Laude”. He’s now pursuing graduate studies in Mathematics at U.C. Irvine, with the goal of becoming a statistician or university professor in mathematics. At U.C. Irvine, he tutors freshmen calculus students and held a supplemental instruction course to provide additional support to these students. During summers, he works for the Youth Employment Services at LCHS, tutoring students in Algebra, Geometry and French 2. Adrian has been involved in the Amnesty International school club, the CALPIRG club, plays intramural basketball, and works at the campus convenience store.
Bradley is the recipient of the Don Seastrom Memorial Scholarship Award, honoring the service and contribution of Don Seastrom, a long time resident and leader in LCF. Bradley is a LCF resident attending California Lutheran University, majoring in Criminal Justice and a minoring in Environmental Studies. His ambition is to become a park ranger or a warden with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. His love for the outdoors took him on a pre-orientation trip to Yosemite with 22 other Cal Lutheran freshmen. Activities such as climbing Half Dome and sharing life stories around the nightly campfire, created some deep and rewarding friendships from a diverse group of students. This adventure led to his involvement with Cal Lutheran’s Republican Club as Vice President. On campus, he works for the Conferences and Events Department, where he is involved with set-up and take down of athletic, cultural and spiritual events. Bradley also plays intramural sports and is a mentor in the Residential Life Program, where prospective students visiting campus spend the night with current students.
Kevin Stoner (twin brother of Bradley Stoner)
Kevin is a resident of LCF and is Business/Finance major at Loyola Marymount University and aspires to work in accounting. He is a member of the Alpha Delta Gamma Fraternity, which is the oldest fraternity at LMU and founded on 5 basic principles: Spiritual, scholastic, service, school spirit and social. Kevin participates in the Leadership Seminar, a weekly class designed to help students hone their leadership skills throughout their college years. He is involved in Intramural sports and is a participant in LMU’s program for prospective students, opening his room to potential LMU students to share with them the experience of college life. Kevin participates in the USC Twin Project along with his brother, Bradley. This is a study of over 750 sets of identical twins, with its primary goal to understand the roles of heredity and environment in producing individual differences in human behavior.