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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.”