July 29, 2005

Sam Walton Community Scholarships Total $37,000 in San Diego

The Sam M. Walton Community Scholarship program, now in its 25th year has awarded 37 San Diego high school graduates with $1,000 scholarships to help them achieve their dream of higher education.

The scholarship program provides financial assistance to graduating seniors for their high academic achievement and participation in extracurricular school and community service activities. “Education is a fundamental commitment of the Wal-Mart Foundation,” said Steve Markey, San Diego County District Manager. “We believe that making it easier for young people to continue their education contributes to the future of our community.”

Mauricio Perez

Each student was chosen by a panel of judges based on their active role and performance in the community and in the classroom. Mauricio Perez from Sweetwater High School will attend Point Loma Nazarene College this fall. The recent graduate was a member of AVID and CSF receiving honors for his perfect attendance and bilateral excellence. Other South County award winners were:

•Elisa Arrendono - Hilltop High School

• Nicole Campbell - Mar Vista High School

• Jadi Conkling - San Diego Senior High School

• David Felipe - Eastlake High School

• Angel Hernandez - Castle Park High School

• Kelly Lam - Sweetwater High School

• Nguyen Le - Crawford Senior High School

• Zita Medellin - Southwest High School

• Jennifer Nguyen - Serra High School

• Sarah Pierce - Eastlake High School

• Layla Rojas - Sweetwater High School.

• Thien Truong - Hoover High School

Since its Community Scholarship program began, Wal-Mart has awarded more than $50 million in scholarship assistance nationwide. More information about Wal-Mart’s scholarship programs and community involvement is available online at www.walmart foundation.org.

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