La Mesa Woman’s Club bestows six scholarships to local students
La Mesa Woman’s Club bestowed six scholarships on seniors in the Grossmont Union High School District on May 13 in an evening ceremony at its clubhouse in La Mesa.
Parents who understand the financial hardships of paying for college tuition or college graduates who are saddled with student loans can all appreciate the significance of this.
But the La Mesa Woman’s Club annually gives $1,000 per student and this year Floyd & Howerton Plumbing of El Cajon added an additional $250 to that $1,000. Arnell Sanderlin donated monies in the name of Mary Ann Johnston. Each scholar, chosen from 47 applicants, up from 27 last year, received $1,250.
Club President Carol Dreesen said that this is the 39th year of helping students via the scholarships. While grade point average (GPA) is typically well over 4.0, which student Rita Tran has a 4.73, for many of the academic achievers another part of the judging looked at community involvement and other factors in selecting the recipients.
The recipients were Nagham Adeeb – El Cajon High School, Angela Chen- Monte Vista, Vivian Hua – Helix Charter, Dalton Jennings – El Capitan, Amanda Ly – Valhalla, and Rita Tran – Mt. Miguel.
Four of the five students are already committed to colleges with the University of California (Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Diego) for the young women and Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo for Dalton Jennings.
The meeting was a mix of handing out the scholarships and included Women in History segment that had Joan Anderson dressing the part of local legend Kate Sessions and telling her story. Kate Sessions was a University of Berkeley graduate in 1881.
A 50-year member pin was awarded to Angie Lombardo and Linda Sotello.
The La Mesa Woman’s Club, founded in 1902, to volunteer in their community and enrich their community member’s lives would have received a GPA more than 4.0 for the act of helping these students achieve their goals.