2009 Scholars

On Monday, May 11, 2009, at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley, we had the pleasure of presenting High Hopes Scholarship awards to the following outstanding Berkeley High School graduates.

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Photos of 2009 Scholarship Ceremony

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Arai Buendia – College Graduate

2009 Berkeley Community Fund High Hopes Scholarship recipient San Francisco State University   Arai Buendia graduated in May 2013. She received a Bachelor of Science in Health Education with a…

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Nigel Calhoun – College Graduate

2009 Berkeley Community Fund High Hopes Scholarship recipient University of California, Riverside Graduated May 2013 B.A. Sociology/Administrative Studies…

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Morris Callegari

2009 Ask.com High Hopes Scholarship recipient University of California, Riverside My mother could no longer afford to work three jobs to keep me in ASA. Her health was beginning to…

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Elizabeth Cortez Santander

2009 Marion Marshall High Hopes Scholarship recipient Humboldt State University Growing up in a single parent, low income household is not easy. From the time my parents divorce, I had

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Shahidah Lacy – College Graduate

2009 Berkeley Community Fund High Hopes Scholarship recipient Holy Names University I want to go to college because I want to help people for the rest of my life. I…

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Mika Kubo

Mika Kubo (Graduated) 

Mika graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 where she studied Media Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies with an emphasis on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution. Her…

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Brissa Mendoza

2009 Dorothy Walker High Hopes Scholarship recipient University of California, Santa Cruz I think that the most important thing I’ve learned about myself is that I have the ability to…

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Maria Mendoza Cordero

2009 Martin Paley High Hopes Scholarship recipient University of California, Davis Last year I visited my ancestral home Guatemala, a vision that brought to life a visual representation of my…

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Diepriye Olali

2009 Berkeley High School Class of 1951/Berkeley Community Fund High Hopes Scholarship recipient University of Southern California My house has been robbed, gunshots heard on a regular basis, and recently…

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Marissa Sanchez

2009 Maxwell Family High Hopes Scholarship recipient University of California, Irvine Being the oldest in my family places a great deal of responsibility on my shoulders. My mom counts on…

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Humaira Shah

2009 Meckfessel Family High Hopes Scholarship recipient University of California, Davis I was born in Pakistan, the youngest of seven children. The struggle of assimilation into this new culture was…

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Bisrat Tekie

2009 Tubach Singhal High Hopes Scholarship recipient Sarah Lawrence College I was born in Addis Ababa, but moved to Asmara after Eritrean independence. In August 2006, I left for Nairobi,…

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