As part of its support of students in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, the Saddleback Valley Educational Foundation (SVEF) presents several scholarships to deserving graduating seniors in local high schools.
Walter Cascell Memorial Scholarship
The Cascell Scholarship is given to a deserving student attending one of the high schools in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. The scholarship is endowed by the Cascell family to thank the district for educating their children.
2019 Walter Cascell Scholarship for $1,000 awarded to Kaitlyn Grabiecvick from Trabuco Hills High School. She was chosen not only for her academic success as a student, but for her passion to help others. She plans to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to pursue a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, both in design and construction of infrastructure for industrial facilities. She also intends to specialize in structural transportation and water resource engineering. Kaitlyn feels passionate about the infrastructure of developing countries and the critical role it plays in improving the condition of humankind, sanitation, and developing resources. Her ultimate goal is to continue helping to improve people’s lives around the world. The application process and interviews were conducted by “Saddleback Valley Educational Foundation” board members.
Stephen Wallace Memorial Scholarship
The Wallace Scholarship is given to a deserving student attending Mission Viejo High School in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. The scholarship is endowed by the Wallace family.
2019 Wallace Scholarship for $1,000 awarded to Jeffrey Rinehart from Mission Viejo High School. This scholarship is awarded to a high achieving college-bound senior student planning to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math. Jeffrey showed himself to be an outstanding hardworking student. In addition, he had the unique ability to conceptually understand solid object modeling together with its related application in laser cutting and CNC. He was also involved in helping his Engineering teacher, Mr. Miranda, on numerous projects and even helped recruit incoming freshman into the schools engineering program, while tutoring his other peers. Jeffery plans to pursue a career in Science and plans to attend Youngstown State University in Ohio, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. The Scholarship was awarded by Jeff and Greg Wallace, sons of the late Stephan Wallace.
Mission Viejo Company Scholarships
The Mission Viejo Co. Scholarship is given to one student from each of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District high schools located in Mission Viejo.
2019 Mission Viejo Co. Scholarship for $500 each awarded to Jayline Savala from Silverado High School, Simar Boparai from Mission Viejo High School and Jenna Chu from Trabuco Hills High School.
Jayline was chosen as an outstanding student by the faculty and counselors at Silverado High School. Jayline is a conscientious student who proved that she could accomplish anything she set her mind to and is a determined to succeed. Award presented by Ms. McDermott.
Simar was chosen by the staff and counselors for her high accomplishments and ability to succeed. Simar is a Bhangra dance teacher for younger children and gives back to her community by tutoring elementary students. Simar is a passionate strong young woman who set the bar high for herself in the pursuit of accomplishing her goals. Simar plans to attend USC in the fall, to pursue a degree in Business Administration and plans to continue her education to become a Dermatologist.
Jenna is a well-rounded student who has consistently performed at the highest levels across a multitude of platforms. She is a hardworking and competitive individual with a love for learning, especially in the STEM fields. At THHS, Jenna’s teachers explain that she consistently brings unconventional approaches, positive energy and creative ideas to the forefront to engage the classroom. Her Chemistry teacher describes Jenna as having an incredible work ethic and is pretty much like a machine when it comes to science. Jenna plans to pursue a career in the STEM field. After discovering a passion in Chemistry, she wants to one-day develop environmentally friendly substances such as, biodegradable plastic.
Bailey Daugherty Scholarship
The Daugherty Scholarship is given to a deserving student attending Silverado High School or Mira Monte High School in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. The scholarship is endowed by the Daugherty family.
2019 Daugherty Scholarship for $300 awarded to Anthony Del Rio from Silverado High School. Anthony was chosen by the faculty and counselors of Silverado High School. He demonstrated perseverance, tenacity and the desire to develop the skills necessary to attend college. Anthony is still undecided on his major, but plans to attend Saddleback College in the fall.
Foundation Scholarship for 2019
Every year the foundation board members interview many outstanding students all exceptionally qualified not only for their academic abilities but for their sheer determination. This year the SVEF decided to award a further scholarship for $500 to Maria Ramos for her outstanding accomplishments.
Maria attended El Toro High School and plans to attend Cal State University Fullerton in the fall to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. Chosen for her abilities to overcome adversity and even though English was not her first language, by mastering the art of resourcefulness she was able to navigate her path to success and will be first generation to attend college. Maria was part of the Advanced via Individual Determination program (AVID). The program was set up for high achieving first generation students who wish to attend a four year university and Maria meet and exceeded all of those qualities.