As part of its support of students in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, the Saddleback Valley Educational Foundation (SVEF) is proud to present many scholarships that are offered to deserving graduating seniors in our local high schools.
Walter Cascell Memorial Scholarship
The Cascell Scholarship is given to a deserving student attending one of our Saddleback Valley Unified School District high schools. The scholarship is endowed by the Cascell family in memory of Dr. Walter Cascell, in thanks for educating their children.
2021 Walter Cascell Scholarship for $1,000 was awarded to Ming Li from Trabuco Hills High School.
Ming Li attended Trabuco Hills High School with a 4.29 GPA. She plans to pursue a BS in Biomedical Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MD at SUNY Upstate Medical University to become a vascular surgeon. She was one of the five students selected for the RIT/Upstate Medical BS/MD program. Medicine has always been her strong interest and is excited to make it a reality. Also, she is interested in providing support as a physician to advocate for the rare disease community.
Ming is a well-rounded extraordinary young woman who constantly demonstrated her determination towards her education and community service. To develop her communication and public speaking skills, she participated in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Team for 4 years. She showed leadership by creating the Art Therapy Club to work on art projects with kids with special needs. As a Young Women in Bio Ambassador, she helped inspire young women to explore STEM. She also volunteered for international non-profit organizations like Chari TEA Foundation and PERIOD. Also, she was a student leader in Youth-In-Action Volunteer Program for high school students and was a Junior Auxiliary Volunteer at Hoag Hospital Cancer Center.
Ming Li was selected to receive the 2021 Walter Cascell Scholarship because of her outstanding contributions and scholastic achievement while at Trabuco Hills High School.
Stephen Wallace Memorial Scholarship
The Wallace Scholarship is given to a deserving student attending Mission Viejo High School, in honor of Stephen Wallace and endowed by the Wallace family. The recipient for this scholarship is selected by the school counselor. It is awarded to a high achieving college-bound senior student planning to pursue a career in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Math).
2021 Stephen Wallace Scholarship for $1,000 was awarded to Kimberly Cortez from Mission Viejo High School.
Kimberly Cortez is a high achieving student who maintained an impressive 4.6 GPA during her 4 years at Mission Viejo High School. In addition to her academics, Kimberly has a drive to make a difference in the community which is clearly illustrated in her involvement not only in school activities but also numerous volunteer programs. She participated as a member of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF), National Honors Society (NHS), Model United Nations (MUN) Secretariat Board, and Online Editor-in-Chief for the Diablo Dispatch. She has also been a member of Congresswoman Katie Porter’s Youth Advisory Board. She also volunteered at Pretend City Children’s Museum and at the Wellington Senior Living Residence. As a first generation college student, Kimberly will use the scholarship towards paying for tuition.
Kimberly will be attending the University of Portland in the fall and hopes to pursue a career in data science /data analytics pertaining to politics. She believes that data plays an important role in our society and hopes to start a blog or journalistic endeavor providing information regarding accurate data in a more accessible way for people to access.
Mission Viejo Company Scholarship
The Mission Viejo Co. Scholarships are given to one deserving student from each high school in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, residing in Mission Viejo. The recipients for this scholarship are selected by their school counselors.
2021 Mission Viejo Company Scholarship was awarded to Jessica Espinosa Cervantes (Mission Viejo HS), Jezabel Sanchez (Trabuco Hills HS) and Madison Miller (Silverado HS), $500 each.
Jessica Espinosa Cervantes is a hardworking, high achieving student attending Mission Viejo High School. She maintained a 3.95 GPA while also being in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program for 4 years. She has a drive to make a difference in the community, which she has shown through her 109 community service hours such as organizing books for the Mission Viejo Library, creating coloring books with Project Sunshine, adopting dogs with The Little Red Dog organization, helping with AVID Freshman Orientation as well as stuffing jars for cancer patients. Jessica has a passion to assist individuals and plans to use all her experiences to accomplish these goals.
Jessica will be attending California Baptist University in the fall to study Speech Pathology. She herself encountered speech problems when she was younger and fully understands what it is like to have been a child with communication problems, unable to express how you feel. She plans to work as a speech pathologist for children, teaching them how they themselves can reach their full potential by overcoming all limitations.
Jezabel Sanchez attended Trabuco Hills High School. She is a hard working student who strives to succeed academically and who maintained a 3.76 GPA while competing in year-round soccer. Although she was accepted to many colleges, she will be attending Saddleback college in the fall to study International Business.
Jezabel was able to accomplish this by the habits she committed to, such as always being early, completing her homework and group assignments thoroughly and on time, and by focusing on the bigger picture by methodically completing all tasks. Not only is she a committed student athlete but loves providing service to others. Jezabel combines her athletic-ability, solid work ethic, sweet personality and a commitment to making the world a better place.
Madison Miller is a motivated young woman who attended Silverado High School. She will be attending Saddleback College in the fall to study and earn a degree/certification in Early Childhood Development. Her dream is to continue her studies at a four-year University to pursue a degree in Education and/or psychology/counseling.
When Madison transferred to Silverado High School she was someone who was making poor life choices and only cared about the social part of her life. Since attending Silverado High School her grades, attitude and outlook changed dramatically. Instructors observed Madison become an active participant in lectures and comfortable in leading classroom discussions, and as a result she was on the honor roll consistently!
Every year the foundation board members interview many outstanding students all exceptionally qualified not only for their academic abilities, but for their sheer determination.
2021 SVEF Scholarship for $1000 was awarded to Aidan Rezner from Trabuco Hills High School.
Aidan Rezner attended Trabuco Hills High School with a 4.97 GPA. He is an impressive young man who plans to attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall majoring in Neuroscience. Not only is he an outstanding student, but immersed himself in many extracurricular and community service activities, such as Associated Student Body, School Site Council, National Honors Society, Mock Trial and many more. He also played Varsity Tennis and was part of the CIF Semifinals team in 2019.
Notre Dame offers a holistic view of people with studies in psychology, philosophy, and theology, which Aidan plans to take advantage of to further his educational goals. He has a unique interest in geriatric medicine and realized this area of study after his own grandma’s death. Aidan wants to have an impact on a worldwide basis, making sure the elderly are no longer subjected to lower quality medical care compared to their younger counterparts.
Aidan states, “I would make it my mission to close the gap and effectively fight for a world where medical treatment is given equally, regardless of age.” He also feels specializing is not a choice, but a calling! Aidan is a compassionate individual who constantly looks for inclusion and plans to apply this quality in the field of healthcare.
He was awarded the Saddleback Valley Education Foundation Scholarship because of his exceptional abilities and outstanding accomplishments.