Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows awarded scholarships to students from Half Moon Bay High School, Pescadero High School and those continuing their education.

 Half Moon Bay High School

2017recipients

Vanesa Villegas, Miriam Salazar, Ashley O'Keefe, Yovanni Mojica, Ramiro Velazquez, Angel Ramirez, Marisela Martinez, Monika Manrriquez, Yanet Carrillo, Olivia Arreola, Armando Santos, Viviana Rodriguez

Pescadero High School

Pescadero

Kris Gonzalez Serratos, Gerardo Gonzalez Martinez, Paola Flores, Erika Bordi, Miguel Carmona, Isabel Gonzalez

Paola Flores
With a GPA of 3.93, her academic goal is to become a Civil Engineer, and already admitted to Cal Poly, Pomona for the fall of 2017, Paola would certainly be a worthy candidate for a scholarship. What make her stand out are the obstacles she had to face to reach this point. Born in California of Mexican parents, she went back and forth frequently from the age of two living in both Mexico and California. Since English was not her first language, she really had to struggle to maintain a level of academic excellence. The first in her family of six to go to college, she is also motivated “to design and create a building, a bridge, an airport, something beneficial to many people…”

Gerardo Gonzalez Martinez
He is young man with a big dream of going to a Culinary school and getting certification to become a chef, perhaps starting a catering business and eventually owning his own restaurant. His family has a very limited income and his grades were slightly less than average. Due to the long hours his mother had to work, his interest in cooking stemmed from the necessity and his later enjoyment of having to prepare meals for his younger brother. He sees cooking as an art form that can also teach teamwork, as well as potentially develop business skills.

Erika Bordi
With a G.P.A. of 3.8, Erika had to work from the age of 15 to help support her family. Having enough “hot water and electricity” were uncertainties she faced on a daily basis. So, making school a priority was doubly challenging. In addition to being the first in her family to go to college, she is hoping to become a Civil Engineer in order to help design and build more sustainable housing that is affordable. Making the environment cleaner is also a secondary goal.

Isabel Gonzalez
Coming from a single parent home with an income well below the poverty level, Isabel has two career goals that will enable her to help support her mother and grandmother. Her grades are below average, but she is practical in wanting to first get a certification in Cosmetology. Since she also loves working with animals, a later goal would include getting another certification, or even a degree as a Veterinary, to enable animals get the treatment they need to remain healthy.

Kris Gonzalez Serratos
Kris is an outstanding student with a GPA of 3.5. Unfortunately, his family of four has an income slightly above the poverty level. After attending a summer program at SFSU that exposed him to the field of mechanical engineering, he discovered he enjoyed it. Feeling this type of career would allow him to be especially productive, he is hoping to get a degree in this field.

Continuing Education

Cynthia Rangel CuevasCynthia Rangel Cuevas graduated high school in 2015 and now is enrolled at Foothill College. Her grades at Foothill are excellent.  She plans to transfer to Sacramento State to complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Cynthia’s career goal, becoming a therapist is the result of her long time interest in helping others.

conte ed2Ashley Williams is challenged by lack of reliable transportation and her current goal is to be able to afford driving lessons and ultimately own a car. In the meantime, with the help of her parents, she is enrolled in College of San Mateo, getting good grades and working as well. Although her major is undecided she is committed to continuing her education.

Elizeth Bahena GonzalezElizeth Bahena Gonzalez is a psychology major at Canada College. She has been pursuing her college degree for six years, balancing work with school. Her goal (as of her application to us) is an associate’s degree in psychology in December, 2017. She then will work on her bachelor’s. Her earlier years were challenging and this has motivated her to want to help others especially children and teens who may also struggle.

Martha Reyes CruzMartha Reyes Cruz is a student at Canada College in Redwood City. Her major is Medical Assistant working toward an Associate of Science degree. Ultimately she plans to transfer to a 4-year program and become an RN. She is married, the mother of two, and had overcome very challenging times, especially the transition from Mexico to the US. She has managed work, parenting and school for the past three years. Her ultimate goal is to return to Mexico to provide health care for those who cannot afford it.

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