For the 17th straight year, the Silicon Valley REALTORS® Charitable Foundation is awarding scholarship awards to 18 graduating high school seniors in Silicon Valley at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. Scholarship recipients each receive $1,000 and are selected from public high schools in communities served by members of the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS®. The Silicon Valley REALTORS® Charitable Foundation 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 the local trade association.

“We are happy we are able to assist our youth with their education. Thank you to the teachers and staff for their help in making this program the success that it is. The scholarship program is truly a partnership effort between the Silicon Valley REALTORS® Charitable Foundation and the wonderful educators in our service area,” said Nina Yamaguchi, Charitable Foundation scholarship program chair.

Students receiving scholarships, the schools from which they are graduating, and the colleges and universities they will be attending this fall are Kelly Jiaying Chen, Cupertino High School (UC Berkeley); Alexandra Tan, Fremont High School (UC San Diego); Audrey Cheng, Gunn High School (Princeton University); Angela Grace Wang, Homestead High School (USC); Sara Lucero, Leigh High School (UC San Diego); Bailey Thayer, Los Altos High School (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo); Molly Ilana Ball, Los Gatos High School (Barnard College); Sally Zhengyuan Wan, Lynbrook High School (University of Chicago); Ritwik Kesavath, Menlo-Atherton High School (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo); Woo Chul Kim, Monta Vista High School (West Point); Samantha Rubinstein, Mountain View High School (UC Berkeley); Lavanya Mahadevan, Palo Alto High School (Stanford University); Shravan Davuluri, Prospect High School (University of Texas at Austin); Ajaipal Chahal, Santa Clara High School (Dartmouth College); Isha Mangal, Saratoga High School (UC Berkeley); Nguyen Dang, Westmont High School (University of San Francisco); Yu-Bin Moon, Wilcox High School (UC Irvine); and Frederique Corcoran, Woodside High School (UC Santa Barbara).

Members of the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® who presented the scholarship awards to the recipients at their respective senior award ceremonies include Chris Alston (Keller Williams), Sue Bose (Referral Realty), Mark Burns (Referral Realty), Davena Gentry (Sereno Group), Mary Kay Groth (Sereno Group), Theresa Loya (Coldwell Banker), Cassie Maas (Alain Pinel Realtors), Russell Morris (Coldwell Banker), Bill Rehbock (Coldwell Banker), Robert Reid (Keller Williams), Amy Sung (Pacific Union), Susan Sweeley (Alain Pinel Realtors), Mary Tan (Coldwell Banker), David Tonna (Alain Pinel Realtors).

The scholarship awards presented by the Silicon Valley REALTORS® Charitable Foundation are made possible by donations from Realtor and affiliate members. Since its creation, the scholarship program has provided $306,000 in scholarships to high school seniors in Silicon Valley.

Gunn scholarship presentation

At this morning’s Palo Alto District tour meeting, SILVAR member Davena Gentry presented the last of 18 $1,000 scholarships awarded by the Silicon Valley REALTORS® Charitable Foundation to graduating seniors from public high schools to Audrey Cheng. Cheng graduated this week from Gunn High School.