SHANNON PAULSON - $1000 MODESTO 500 LIONS CLUB/SCBA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Shannon Paulson is a graduate of Gregori High School graduating in the top 5% of her class who will be attending University of California, Berkeley in the fall to study Environmental Economics and Policy with plans of studying environmental law. Shannon worked for the past four years as a student mentor for Teens Run Modesto (a 26 week marathon training program) and competed in Mock Trial. Shannon realized her passion for Environmental Policy while she was arguing a round of Empire Mock Trial where she argued a case about environmental contamination and its disproportionate damage to economically disadvantaged communities.
ABIGAIL VAN DIEPEN - $1000 SCBA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Abigail Van Diepen graduated from Thomas Downey High School in the top 5% of her class and will be attending UCLA in the fall. Abigail intends to get her degree in political science and to pursue a career as a social justice lawyer. Abigail feels a responsibility to advocate for those who are struggling in this world and has been a volunteer for Community Hospice, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Modesto Covenant Church and Stanislaus Youth Soccer League. Additionally, Abigail is a four year member of the Science Bowl and served as a California Scholarship Federation President for one year.
KAITLYN RIDENOUR - $1000 SCBA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Kaitlyn Ridenour is a graduate of Enochs High Schools graduting with a cumulative GPA of 3.80. Kaitlyn was born into a law enforcement family which has inspired her future career goal of becoming a district attorney. Kaitlyn will be attending the University of California Santa Barbara in the fall majoring in Sociology and then plans to attend law school after graduating. For the past twelve years, Kaitlyn has been involved in Girl Scouts and with over 50 hours of volunteering, she was able to work alongside her troop to donate money to Kate's Rescue which is a local shelter.