Friedberger Educational Fund Scholarship awards $61,000 to graduating seniors

Two dozen graduating seniors from San Joaquin County high schools were awarded a total of $61,000 in scholarships from the Friedberger Educational Fund.

According to the San Joaquin County Office of Education, each senior was awarded approximately $2,750, paid out in installments over four years.

To qualify for the scholarship, nominees must meet a list of criteria which includes: need for financial assistance, excellent schoolwork, outstanding character, leadership, public service, and intent to enroll in an institution of higher learning in California.

The applications were then reviewed by a three-member awards committee, which included San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools James Mousalimas, Stockton Unified School District Superintendent Eliseo Davalos and San Joaquin County Board of Education Area 3 Trustee Peter Ottesen.

The fund, said the SJCOE, was established in 1963 by William Friedberger, a Stockton physician and medical director at San Joaquin General Hospital. He established the fund in memory of his father and mother –  19th-century pioneers to the Mother Lode and Stockton from the old country of Germany. Since the fund was created, the Bank of Stockton has been fund manager.

A big congrats to the following students:

  • Israr Ali, Tokay High School, Lodi Unified
  • Andrea Anaya, Sierra High School, Manteca Unified
  • Mariela Andrade Sanchez, Venture Academy Family of Schools, SJCOE
  • Jamie Castellanos, Pacific Law Academy, Stockton Unified
  • Kayla Davis, Stockton Collegiate International Secondary School, Stockton Unified
  • Kevin Gines, St. Mary’s High School
  • Gia Harris, Edison High School, Stockton Unified
  • Rania Ibrahim, John C. Kimball High School, Tracy Unified
  • Asia Jamosmos, Lincoln High School, Lincoln Unified
  • Sabah Khan, Stockton Early College Academy, Stockton Unified
  • Colby Leiske, Tracy High School, Tracy Unified
  • Megan McDonald, Lodi High School, Lodi Unified
  • Amairani Morales Silva, Merrill F. West High School, Tracy Unified
  • Adia Munoz, Health Careers Academy High School, Stockton Unified
  • Lejla Pepic, Manteca High School, Manteca Unified
  • Natasha Prasad, Lathrop High School, Manteca Unified
  • Emely Rodriguez, East Union High School, Manteca Unified
  • Christian Rodriguez Ochoa, Escalon High School, Escalon Unified
  • Marcos Romero Oropeza, Aspire Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy, Lodi Unified
  • Ana Saechao, Cesar Chavez High School, Stockton Unified
  • Kaylee Scholten, Ripon Christian High School
  • Mary Vang, Weston Ranch High School, Manteca Unified

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