The Silicon Valley REALTORS® Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS®, presented scholarship awards to 18 graduating seniors from public high schools in Silicon Valley at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Scholarship recipients each receive $1,000 and are selected from the high schools in communities served by SILVAR members.

Now on its 15th year, the REALTOR® scholarship program recognizes students who have exemplified outstanding achievements in academics, extracurricular/employment activities and community involvement. The selection committee includes representatives from the local business community, area high schools, area colleges and SILVAR.

Students receiving the Charitable Foundation scholarships, the schools from which they graduated, and the colleges and universities they will be attending this fall are: John Kevin Ong Dayao, Cupertino High School, (UC Davis); Mason Peter McCloskey, Fremont High School, (Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo); Wonji Park, Gunn High School (Cal Poly-Pomona); Min Kyu Park, Homestead High School (UCLA); Claire Henderson, Leigh High School (UCLA); Elizabeth Ashley Bishop, Los Altos High School (Tufts University); Alexandra Wong, Los Gatos High School (Brown University); Barbara Julia Jackson, Lynbrook High School (University of Pittsburgh); Sarah Hagadone, Menlo-Atherton High School (UC Berkeley); Marisa Yang, Monta Vista High School (UC Berkeley); Kiley Anne Rucker, Mountain View High School (Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo); Lena Cuevas, Palo Alto High School (Colorado State University); Nicholas Kikuchi, Prospect High School (Santa Clara University); Julie Chen, Santa Clara High School (UC Berkeley); Manini Desai, Saratoga High School (Barnard College); Hanna Zemene Abuhay, Westmont High School (UC Santa Cruz); Jesus Covarrubias Robles, Wilcox High School (Princeton University); Florence Ortiz, Woodside High School (UC Santa Cruz).

“We are happy we have been able to assist our youth for the past 15 years. The seniors selected this year are very deserving of recognition,” said Scholarship Program Chair Nina Yamaguchi.

SILVAR members who presented the scholarships to the recipients at their respective senior awards ceremonies included Chris Alston (Keller Williams), Carolyn Miller (Re/Max Real Estate Services), Michael Hall (Alain Pinel Realtors), Nina Daruwalla (Coldwell Banker), Mary Pope-Handy (Sereno Group), Susan Sweeley (Alain Pinel Realtors), Suzanne Yost (Alain Pinel Realtors), Mark Burns (Referral Realty), Mary Tan (Coldwell Banker), Jimmy Kang (Wells Fargo Home Mortgage), Robert Reid (Keller Williams Realty), Sue Bose (Referral Realty), David Tonna (Alain Pinel Realtors), Niki Maroko (Re/Max Real Estate Service) and Nancy Domich (Old Republic Title Company).

“Our scholarship program is one way REALTORS® are able to give back to our communities and to our youth, who are the future of our communities,” added John Tripp, 2014 president of the Silicon Valley REALTORS® Charitable Foundation.

The scholarship awards presented by the Charitable Foundation are made possible by donations from SILVAR REALTOR® and affiliate members. Since its creation, the scholarship program has provided $270,000 in scholarships to high school seniors in Silicon Valley. The Charitable Foundation would like to thank SILVAR members for their generous support!