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SILVAR gives scholarships to high school seniors

The Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation recently presented scholarships to 18 graduating seniors during awards night at the students’ respective schools.

The foundation is the charitable arm of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, the local trade organization representing more than 4,000 realtors and affiliate members engaged in the real estate business on the Peninsula and in the South Bay.

Los Altos High’s Elizabeth Ashley Bishop and Mountain View High’s Kiley Anne Rucker each received a $1,000 scholarship. Bishop plans to attend Tufts University in the fall and Rucker is headed to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Now in its 15th year, the realtor scholarship program recognizes students with outstanding achievements in academics, extracurricular/employment activities and community involvement. The foundation selects scholarship recipients from public high schools in communities SILVAR serves.

“We are happy we have been able to assist our youth for the past 15 years,” said scholarship chairwoman Nina Yamaguchi. “The seniors selected this year are very deserving of recognition.”

Donations from realtors and affiliate members of SILVAR fund the scholarships. Since its inception, the program has awarded $270,000 in scholarships.

“Our scholarship program is one way realtors are able to give back to our communities and to our youth, who are the future of our communities,” said John Tripp, 2014 president of the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

SILVAR members who presented the scholarships to the recipients at their senior award ceremonies included Chris Alston (Keller Williams), Carolyn Miller (Re/Max Real Estate Services), Michael Hall (Alain Pinel Realtors), Nina Daruwalla (Coldwell Banker), Mary Pope-Handy (Sereno Group), Susan Sweeley (Alain Pinel Realtors), Suzanne Yost (Alain Pinel Realtors), Mark Burns (Referral Realty), Mary Tan (Coldwell Banker), Jimmy Kang (Wells Fargo Home Mortgage), Robert Reid (Keller Williams), Sue Bose (Referral Realty), David Tonna (Alain Pinel Realtors), Niki Maroko (Re/Max Real Estate Service) and Nancy Domich (Old Republic Title Co.).

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, email Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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