Genevieve Conway was chosen as the national ABWA scholar by the national board of directors. She is employed with the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office in addition to attending Glendale Community College full time. She is shown with the family of Laurali Fey for whom the national scholarship was named. From left are Renee Thurber, Clay Fey, Genevieve Conway and Bill Fey.
In all, there were six student scholarship recipients: Jessica Ban (UCLA), Juliette Ohan (Cal State L.A.), Mary Ovakyan (Glendale College), Christina Perez (Mt. San Antonio College), Shasha Shellock (Glendale College) and Roxana Ontiveros (Pasadena and Glendale colleges).
Kiwanis Club of Montrose-La Crescenta
The Kiwanis Club of Montrose-La Crescenta, with president Lynn McGinnis, hosted its Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner on May 31. Nine scholarships, totaling $4,800, were given to students graduating from Crescenta Valley and Clark Magnet high schools.
In addition, Lt. Col. David Worley (above left), Kiwanis Educator of the Year, received a Distinguished Service Award for his work with the CVHS JROTC program. Along with the Service Award, the Kiwanis Club made a $500 contribution to the JROTC program.
Erika Johnson (above with ICF Branch Second Vice President and Scholarship Chairman Mark Mannarelli) was awarded the St. Bede Branch 374 of the Italian Catholic Federation $400 scholarship available to graduating high school seniors.
Erika graduated from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and will attend Loyola Marymount University where she intends to major in engineering.
Each year the branch and the national organization award scholarships to worthy local high school graduates whose families are a part of Italian heritage. ICF Branch Second Vice President and Scholarship Chairman Mark Mannarelli presented the award after the 11 a.m. Mass on the altar of St. Bede the Venerable Roman Catholic Church in La Cañada Flintridge on Sunday.
The Crescenta–Cañada Lions Club held its annual scholarship dinner recently, awarding $1,000 to four Crescenta Valley high school students and three La Cañada high school students.
The La Cañada High School winners were Abbey Neat, Meghan Fuelling and Natalie Wilson. Abbey plans to go to UC Davis to major in environmental science. Natalie, who did not attend the event, will go to UC Santa Cruz, also majoring in environmental science. Meghan will attend Claremont McKenna College and major in economics.
The Crescenta Valley High School awardees were Ellen Kim, Olivia Lee, Christine Chong and Lala Grigori Yeghazarian. Ellen plans to attend Smith College and study government. Olivia wants to study human development at Cornell. Lala will attend UCLA and study either physiology or psychology. Christina, whose mother accepted the award on her behalf, will go to Biola University and study nursing and missionary.
“We work with each individual school and give them criteria,” said Crescenta–Cañada Lions Club president Art Rinaman. “Basically, our criteria [to determine recipients] are need and student involvement. Then the schools put out flyers of announcements. They have applications that the students fill out. There’s a selection committee and they actually chose the winners for us.”
The awards were presented by Jason Insalaco and Suzanne Dunwell from State Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s office.
“I was really thankful,” said Yeghazarian. “I mean, it means so much.”
“It felt very good [to win],” said Neat. “I felt very accomplished and of course I was happy for the extra help with the tuition.”
“One of the things we like working with is youth,” said Rinaman. “Youth services is a big project for Lions and a big project for our club and that’s why for many years we’ve chosen to give these scholarships to help needy kids pursue and continue their education.”