Noteworthies: Kiwanis scholarships, National Merit scholars and Foothill student veterans

LA Kiwanis Club gives out five scholarships

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos recently awarded five local students scholarships to attend Foothill or De Anza community college.

The scholarship funds, which come from the Kiwanis Christmas Tree Lot fundraiser, cover the first year of tuition, fees and books. Students selected to receive the scholarships face financial challenges or other obstacles in life.

The students accepted their awards at a luncheon May 7.

This year’s awardees:

• Genesis Cauwlaert, Alta Vista High School

• Maria Fernandez, Mountain View High School

• Paolo Pimentel, Mountain View High School

• Stephanie Rodriguez, Alta Vista High School

• Katherine Upton, Los Altos High School

• Elvis Villavicencio, Alta Vista High School

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Students win National Merit scholarships

Ten local students won $2,500 National Merit scholarships.

This year’s National Merit scholarship competition recognized the 50,000 top scorers on the October 2017 PSAT, out of more than 1.6 million high school juniors who took the test. To be one of the approximately 15,000 finalists, students must also meet academic and other requirements. The students were among 2,500 scholarship recipients nationally who were picked from the pool of finalists.

Winners, their high schools and their future courses of study:

• Martin A. Cooper, Los Altos High, computer engineering

• Karina H. Halevy, Los Altos High, applied mathematics

• Henry Alex Lai, Los Altos High, environmental engineering

• Annemarie B. Foy, Mountain View High, computer science

• Tejas Sanjai Thvar, Mountain View High, computer engineering

• James Z. Peterson, St. Francis High, science

• Scarlett Akeley, Castilleja School, undecided

• Leigh Ho, Castilleja School, academia

• Kyle A. McGraw, The Nueva School, science/research

• Jaydev N. Bhateja, Basis Independent Silicon Valley, neurobiology

In addition to the recipients of the $2,500 scholarships, more than 1,000 students received corporate-sponsored merit scholarships.

Cody E. Theobald received a scholarship from Varian Medical Systems. Theobald attends Los Altos High and plans to study statistics.

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LA Rotary Club helps local student veterans

Members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos are scheduled Thursday to present the Foothill-De Anza Foundation with a check for $47,500 to support student veterans at Foothill College.

The club raised the money at its annual Cioppino Feed March 8.

Coupled with related donations – including $10,000 from the Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund – the check brings the total contributed to Foothill College’s veterans to $82,000 over just the past four months.

Since 2013, the Rotary Club has raised nearly $600,000 for Foothill’s 400-500 student veterans. Rotarians Ron Labetich and Jack Kelly have spearheaded the club’s fundraising efforts, which have provided:

• $150 book vouchers that support nearly 100 veterans annually.

• Veterans scholarships totaling $9,000 annually.

• Emergency funding for students in urgent need of food, gas or books.

• Construction of Veterans Plaza, dedicated last summer adjacent to Foothill’s Veterans Resource Center.

Foothill College will honor its student veterans at an event scheduled noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Veterans Plaza on the Foothill campus, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Los Altos Hills resident Judge Pete Manoukian, the father of the late Capt. Matt Manoukian, to whom the plaza is dedicated, is set to speak at the event on the importance of remembering and celebrating the lives of those lost while serving.

For more information on the event, call Julie Brown at 949-7001 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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