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Sanger Foundation

Senior Scholarship Award Recipients

2021 Academic Year

The Foundation distributed a record $21,500 in Senior Scholarships in 2021.  This was made possible with the support of Granville Homes, and individual donors in the community. Please take a moment to learn more about our recipients.


The Foundation distributed a record $21,500 in Senior Scholarships in 2020.  This was made possible with the support of Granville Homes, and individual donors in the community. Please take a moment to learn more about our recipients.

WILLIAM HENG
William has a 4.54 GPA and ranks 1st in his class. He is planning to major in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering and currently is strongly considering attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, but has yet to receive replies from all of the many top Universities to which he has applied. William was awarded the Foundation’s $5,000 student scholarship.

His co-curricular activities included Boys Volleyball, Taekwondo as a student and junior instructor, Asian Club, Website Designing Internship with Reedley College, Upward Bound Program, and playing piano at local nursing homes.

In addition to being an AP Scholar with Honors, earning Block “S” Award, Scholar Athlete Award and Good Citizen Award, he still found time to help out by tutoring his classmates and volunteering for a Congressional Campaign.

While sharing his experience of becoming a Junior Level Instructor in Taekwondo, he states, “Every time I walked through the doors and bowed my head, I felt an invigorating sensation; not only was I able to advance my passions, but being a leader and helping others accomplish their goals gave me a sense of pride….and allowed me to be more connected to my community.”


FRANCINE VELASCO
Francine has a 4.51 GPA and ranks 4th in her class. She has been accepted to several top universities and has chosen to attend California State University, Fresno to pursue Architectural Studies. Francine was awarded the Foundation’s $4,000 student scholarship.

In addition to her academic achievements, she was involved with Apache Closet, California Scholarship Federation, Senior Student Council, Asian Club, and church volunteer work, among many others. She earned several awards including AP Scholar with Distinction, President’s Volunteer Service Award, Hands Across the Valley Youth Group Award, Academic Block “S” Award, and Scholar Athlete Award.

Francine was once a young girl with an inferiority complex living with her family in the Philippines. Their very small home created trapped feelings of claustrophobia. These circumstances motivated her to work tirelessly toward overcoming any disadvantages and breaking down walls, which she ultimately did by literally driving a sledgehammer through her childhood home’s concrete walls and building a new improved structure in its wake that now accommodates underprivileged families in her village.  Turning walls of confinement into walls of healing, she comments, “I’m no longer a young girl with an inferiority complex trapped in the past, but a proud Filipino immigrant exhilarated for a future in Architectural Design.”


OLIVIA BORSCH
Olivia has a 4.35 GPA and ranks 20th in her class. She plans to attend Grand Canyon University to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education and possibly a Master’s Degree in Business. Olivia was awarded the foundation’s $3,000 student scholarship.

Olivia has participated in Future Farmers of America, California Scholarship Federation, Floral Club, Dance and Youth group, while also being awarded Block S all 4 years, receiving Greenhand, Chapter and State FFA degrees, Benz School of Floral Design certification, and AST in Plant Science through Reedley College and the Wonderful Company pathway.

Olivia’s commitment to helping others is clearly demonstrated by her generous time devoted to volunteering. “To me community service is way more than just a requirement to check off on my graduation requirements. It is sharing joy and kindness to others when they need it most.” As a part of Future Farmers of America she has worked with SPCA, Toys for Tots, and gathering various needed items for a local veteran’s home, which she hopes has helped these veterans feel the honor and respect they deserve from their community. She also donates time with an after school program for children of local farm workers, and credits this experience as being instrumental in helping her make the decision to pursue a career in elementary education.


SYDNEY REIMER
Sydney has achieved a 4.0 GPA and ranks 1st in her class. If accepted, she plans to attend UCLA with a potential double major in musicology and art, and eventually earning her Ph.D. Sydney was awarded one of the foundation’s $2,500 student scholarships.

Sydney’s many accomplishments include volunteer work with Boys & Girls Club Sanger, Art of Life Cancer Foundation, and Poverello House. She’s been a member of the tennis team and Hallmark Student Advisory Council, attended Fresno Pacific University’s Summer Music Camp, performed extensively as a pianist and earned the MTAC Certificate of Merit Program award for Piano, along with numerous other honors and awards.

She states she observed the healing impact of art through volunteering with Art of Life Cancer Foundation, whose mission is to bring joy and hope to women affected by cancer. She reflects that it was a humbling experience to witness women channeling their pain into beautiful art together, and was reminded of her power to reshape and reframe difficult circumstances.


JOHN PENA
John has a 4.52 GPA and ranks 2nd in his class. He hopes to attend Harvard, Columbia or UCLA with a planned major in Political Science and Public Policy. John was awarded one of the foundation’s $2,500 student scholarships.

John’s co-curricular activities included football, basketball, and golf, and he served as class president his freshman, sophomore and junior years and also as ASB president. He has received many awards including Black S Award for 3 years, is a 12-time recipient of the scholar athlete award, a lifetime member of California Scholarship Federation, and College Board AP scholar with distinction for passing 5 or more AP tests.

John shares, “During my time at Sanger High, I’ve been blessed with abundant opportunities to become involved with different groups in our community. My experiences have shaped me into the person I am today, and I’m eternally grateful for all I’ve learned during my time as an Apache.”


BENJAMIN AWAD
Benjamin has a 4.45 GPA and ranks 7th in his class. He plans to achieve a dual major in Physics and Chemistry and would like to attend UC Irvine. Benjamin was awarded one of the foundation’s $1,500 student scholarships.

Benjamin has participated in Cross Country for all 4 years, Track and Field, California Scholarship Federation, and FCA. He has earned Block S and Athletic Scholar 6 times, and is also an AP Scholar.

In 2010 around Halloween, Benjamin and his family heard a news segment referencing the Marjaree Mason Center and their need for basic essentials, and his parents added that they also probably needed costumes for Halloween. So wanting to help out, his family started a donation drive to help bring Halloween to the people of MMC! Now 10 years later, they have exceeded all previous years’ donations including over 300 costumes and 2 truckloads of essential and non-essentials much needed items. “Doing this has taught me that helping others and giving back to those in need is extremely rewarding and humbling. It has taught me to serve without demanding recognition or expecting accolades.”


ARIANNA CHOATE
Arianna has a 3.519 GPA and is ranked 218th in her class.  She plans to attend Reedley Collage to obtain a Liberal Studies degree with a multiple subject credential. Arianna was awarded one of the foundation’s $1,500 student scholarships.

Arianna has a very impressive list of participation in several clubs and activities, including FFA, Assistant Teacher for Little Apache Preschool; membership in Interact Club, Feminist Club, GSA, and Sanger Youth Council. She’s a Lifetime Member of California Scholarship Federation, has served as Treasurer, Vice President and President for Lone Star Fowler 4-H Club, and organized countless charitable drives providing much needed toys, coats, meals and essential items for children and veterans.

Her first experience in community service was when she was only six, with the opportunity to plant trees across her elementary school campus, where they still stand today. This experience began a life-long involvement with serving her community and giving back. “My contributions to my community have shown me the value of being involved in the world around and giving back to your home. But most importantly, my dedication to community service has pushed me to be the best person I can be.”


KENNEDY NAVO
Kennedy has a 4.36 GPA and ranks 16th in his class. His planned major is Mechanical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering with a possible minor in Biology/Chemistry. He hasn’t made a final decision yet on where he will attend, but his top 4 choices include Duke, MIT, Vanderbilt, and Harvard. Kennedy was awarded one of the foundation’s $1,500 student scholarships.

In addition to Kennedy’s several awards including high School High Honor Roll, College Board AP Scholar with Honor, Scholar Athlete and being a California Scholarship Federation Lifetime Member, he has also participated in Varsity Volleyball and Golf, Apache Club Volleyball, Student Government, Interact Club, HOPE Sanger Club, and involvement in Christmas Programs, School Carnivals and helping out on food drives.

He feels most at home on the volleyball court, and has generously offered countless hours participating in volleyball-specific community service activities. Serving as volunteer assistant coach at WAMS girls and boys volleyball practice, and also being a leader for several youth clinics that taught elementary school students the basics, he says it has impacted his life in ways that he couldn’t have imagined. “The life lessons that I have received from volleyball are priceless; it is not only something I love to do, but also something that has made me a better person.”

AGAPITO FLORES
Agapito has a 4.19 GPA and ranks 21st in his class. He is planning to major in Political Science and has yet to decide among many top Universities to which he has applied. Agapito was awarded the Foundation’s $5,000 student scholarship.

Agapito has been very active in clubs and community service with a variety of interests including NJROTC, where he volunteered with the Sanger parade, Farmer’s Markets and elementary school carnivals; and in Track & Field by helping run youth meets. He also participated in French Club, French Honor Society, Robotics and CSF, and is the recipient of many awards including Academic Block S, Theodore Roosevelt Youth Medal, and Scholar Athlete.  

In addition to his many activities and dedication in giving back to his community, he still finds time, using his lunch hour, to tutor and help other students who may be struggling in their classes – all while maintaining his own outstanding GPA.

Agapito’s family endured great hardship in moving the family to the United States from El Salvador, with him missing an entire year of school and having to learn the English language in the process. He comments that his parents gave up everything to provide a better future for him and his brother, stating, “I hope to change the world because of the opportunities my parents gave me.”
 
HAIDYN WASHBURN
Haidyn has a 4.536 GPA and ranks 2nd in her class. She plans to initially attend California State University, Fresno to earn Bachelor’s Degrees in both Forensic Criminology and Psychology, then on to pursue both Master’s and Doctorate Programs in Criminology. Haidyn was awarded the Foundation’s $4,000 student scholarship.

In addition to her academic achievements, Haidyn has been actively involved in student government, Varsity Girls’ water polo, Sanger City Youth Council, Interact Club, Green Team Club, and FFA. More than just participating, she has also been awarded recognition and praise for her efforts in these organizations.

She has demonstrated her commitment to improving her community, and the ability to be a strong leader and example to others, through her efforts from coordinating monthly forums with the mayor to plan events and promote local community service while acting as Chair of The City of Sanger’s Youth Council; to her work with the Green Team Club in completing multiple beautification and fundraising projects that served to benefit and preserve the environment.
 
EMILY HARTSELL
Emily has a 4.326 GPA and ranks 7th in her class. She plans to attend Grand Canyon University in Arizona to pursue a Master’s Degree in Christian Studies with an emphasis on World Missions, and a minor in Worship Leadership. Emily was awarded the foundation’s $3,000 student scholarship.

Emily has accomplished not only achieving a very high academic level, but also found time to participate in Varsity Lacrosse, Basketball, Golf, and Volleyball (many of which receiving awards), and also being an outstanding member of the Apache Symphonic Band, receiving awards in 2017 as Most Outstanding Musician for Sanger High School Band, and Outstanding Performance Award in San Joaquin Jazz Festival.

She additionally volunteered extensively with her church as a Worship Leader, Youth Group Leader, Nursery Worker and Food Drive Organizer, and participated in 2 short term mission trips – to Erseke, Albania to run a children’s summer camp, and to Sumpango, Guatemala to build a house for an orphaned child. Emily states, “I believe that one of the most important qualities anyone can possess is to simply show up.” She has demonstrated to all of us just how big of an impact we can make by doing so.
 
AUDREY COCKRELL
Audrey has achieved a 4.1 GPA and ranks 38th in her class. She plans to initially attend Reedley College in the fall to begin her classes in general education, then transfer to California State University, Fresno to complete her degree in the field of Animal Science. Audrey was awarded one of the foundation’s $2,500 student scholarships.

In addition to helping in all aspects of her parents’ ranching outreach, Abundant Life Ranch, Audrey has still found time and energy to contribute tirelessly through her participation in various clubs, acting as Vice President with 4-H Club, FFA, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and is also a member of both the French Honors Society and California Scholarship Federation (CSF).  

Abundant Life Ranch works with children and adults in overcoming trauma or difficult life events through the use of horses, and she feels it has been an honor to help those she has met in working through their life struggles and seeing their lives changed. She plans to work as a Ranch Manager and help in maintaining livestock with a long-term goal of becoming a productive contributor and impactful influencer in the agricultural world.
 
AMBERLY SANCHEZ
Amberly has a 4.174 GPA and ranks 24th in her class. She plans to attend California State University, Fresno to pursue a degree in Nursing, with a long-term goal of achieving her Doctorate of Science in Nursing. Amberly was awarded one of the foundation’s $2,500 student scholarships.

Amberly has been proactive in her career path by already enrolling in a Certified Nurse Assistant program, where she has gained hands on experience in a nursing home. Additionally, she has participated in both community and school activities including Cross Country and Track & Field where she has been awarded with 4 Scholar Athlete certificates, has earned her lifetime member status with the California Scholarship Federation, and helped with Christmas and Thanksgiving Food Drives.

She describes her experience working in the nursing home as a way to honor the mothers and fathers in her community who have paved the way for her future and are the most deserving of our time and help, and providing care for them has allowed her to become closer with her community, and learn that being a part of a community is all about helping one another.

 
MIGUEL LIRA-SILVESTRE
Miguel has a 3.660 GPA and ranks 129th in his class. His planned major is in Architecture and he will be attending California State University, Fresno in the fall. Miguel was awarded one of the foundation’s $1,500 student scholarships.

He is an exceptional student who has contributed countless hours of time volunteering, from Farmer’s Markets and many school carnivals, to his substantial contribution to the Sanger High School Robotic team. His participation in robotics has helped him learn skills in construction, welding, electrical, personal relations, Photoshop, video editing and he says most importantly – Leadership – allowing him to teach and inspire others.

Miguel expresses his deep appreciation for this scholarship, sharing “With the help of this scholarship, I will continue to grow and strive for greatness to accomplish my goals of becoming an Architect and helping others.
 
KYANA GRUNBERG
Kyana has a 4.528 GPA and is ranked 3rd in her class.  She plans to major in Food Science, with a possible double major in either Business, Environmental Science or Philosophy. She has not yet made a final decision on where to attend, but her first choice would be Vanderbilt University. Kyana was awarded one of the foundation’s $1,500 student scholarships.

For the last 4 years, Kyana has been an active member of Assisteens, a nationally accredited Assistance League, with over 100 high school students who come together to make a difference in their communities. She has volunteered over 500 hours serving at a homeless shelter, making boxes for shut-in seniors, and distributing food on Thanksgiving, among many other activities as well.

The Assistance League also operates a Thrift Store, which Kyana took on the role of Chair in her sophomore year. She shares that it was a tremendous amount of work, but she loved it and knew she was the right person for the job. She worked hard to develop a program there that would continue to thrive, even after she was gone. She dedicates so much time to volunteering because she really wants to make a difference, and knows that each task, no matter how small it may seem, does.
 
MADELINE MICHAELSON
Madeline has a 3.477 GPA and ranks 222nd in her class. Her planned major is Animal Science, Pre-Veterinary Medicine and she’ll be attending California State University, Fresno this fall, then eventually to UC Davis to earn a Degree of Veterinary Medicine Madeline was awarded one of the foundation’s $1,500 student scholarships.

Madeline has been very active in school government and held positions as Freshman Class Secretary, Sophomore Class Representative at Large, Junior Class President and ASB President. She says she really enjoys being involved in student government because it has allowed her to serve her community and be the voice of her fellow students and help resolve problems.

She endured a very difficult time in 4th grade when her parents divorced. She became depressed and lost all interest in school or any activities. Then her freshman year she discovered the Leadership program, and everything changed, sharing that it brought so much joy and happiness back into her life. She expressed, “I will always be thankful for Sanger High School and all of the people who have helped shaped my future, because if it wasn’t for this, I’m not sure I’d be the same person I am today.”