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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.”