On June 13, two $2000.00 Maria Cavallo Scholarship awards were presented. This awards one or more graduating high school seniors who has served at least 100 hours in the auxiliary, has maintained a 3.50 GPA or better, and who will be attending an accredited college or university and taking courses in the healthcare field.
Delyla Rivera joined the program in July, 2013, and has worked 362.5 hours in the Gift Shop. While attending Buena High School she had a 3.77 cumulative GPA. At Buena, she has played on the varsity tennis team, receiving the most valuable player award in 2015. Additionally, she has been a member of the mock trial team as well as a Red Cross volunteer and a math tutor. Delyla has been accepted at the University of California at Santa Barbara as a biology major. Her career goal is to become a clinical pathologist.
Casey O’Neil became a Junior Volunteer in September 2013 and served 241 hours as a Desk Receptionist/Flyer. She has been active at Foothill High School as a member of the Bioscience Academy, and has been on its leadership team which coordinates several bioscience events. She has been a Renaissance student every semester. She is a member of the National Honors Society and the Society of Women Engineers. She will graduate with a 3.8 cumulative GPA. While active in her church, she gone on a mission to an orphanage in Nicaragua and served as a volunteer at Vacation Bible School every summer. Casey has had the unique experience of working at Coastal Marine Biolabs, which is a graduate level research facility. She has been accepted at the University of Portland in Oregon where she will major in biology. Upon the completion of her education, she plans to become an Occupational Therapist.
On July 11 Ameet Rahane received his $2000.00 award. He joined the Junior program in July 2013. Ameet has served over 417 hours both in the Critical Care Unit and as a Desk Receptionist/Flyer. He attended Foothill High School where he has a 3.9 cumulative GPA. As member of the Bioscience Academy he served on its leadership team. He is the founder and president of the school’s programming club. Ameet has volunteered in the school library, has played in the jazz band, and participated on the swimming and water polo teams. He is a member of the California Scholarship Foundation and is a member of the National Honor Society. Ameet speaks four languages and has trained himself in multiple programming languages. he has held a Navy engineering internship and has worked at the Ventura County Medical Center, Ventura County Library and Abednego Book Shoppe Ameet will attend the University of California Berkeley where he will major in molecular and cellular biology. He plans to become a neurosurgeon.