We caught up with some of the past recipients of the Lincoln Center scholarship to see where they are now. One answer from Mariel Montes caught our attention. She said, “Receiving the Lincoln Center Scholarship was the best way to begin my undergraduate career. It has helped me cover the financial aspects of college, making it possible for me to focus on the wonderful things UCLA has to offer. In addition, attending the award lunch introduced me to multiple students who I still keep in contact with today. As a result, it contributed to my network of talented students from Stockton who strive to make our city and world a better place!” Read on to hear more about the impact that other recipients
Brady Banks – Lodi High School, Class of 2015
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Mechanical Engineering Major
I absolutely love my school and the program I’m a part of, and San Luis Obispo is an amazing town. I’m currently in the last quarter of my sophomore year, and I’m just starting to get into my harder engineering courses. Even though they are a lot of work and take up most of my time, I find them all incredibly interesting and I feel I’ve learned a lot even in my short time here. I’m hoping to graduate in four years and return to Northern California to work on developing advanced renewable energy systems that can be implemented to reduce our negative impact on the environment.
Joey Blanchard – Tokay High School, Class of 2014
California State University, Fresno, Agriculture Business Major
I am a full-time student, managing a full school schedule, while working part-time for Proplant. In my spare time, I’m a Fraternal officer in Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity where I manage the scholarships for my chapter. After college, I plan on starting my career in Agriculture.
Dana Brady – Linden High School, Class of 2015
California State University, Chico, Animal Science Major
During my first two years at Chico I have worked hard to get on, and maintain my standing on the Dean’s List. I am an active student in the College of Agriculture where I have worked in the farm’s swine unit, been an active member in the Agriculture Ambassadors and have volunteered at Chico State FFA Field Day. I am a member of the Chico Barbell Club and Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.
Nicholas Dentoni – Tokay High School, Class of 2016
San Joaquin Delta College, Undeclared Major
I am fulfilling all the transfer requirements in hopes of transferring to a four-year university. Right now, I am a redshirt freshman on the Delta College Baseball team. The scholarship money paid for my first semester. I am very grateful to have been awarded the scholarship money and would like to thank you once again.
Samantha Heinrich – John Kimball High School, Class of 2015
Excelsior College, Liberal Arts Major
After my second year of college, I will be graduating this July. I am currently working as an outreach coordinator for InquisitHealth, a company that provides peer mentoring solutions to people with chronic health conditions. Since receiving the Lincoln Center scholarship, I have started a community American Sign Language course and started a preschool American Sign Language immersion program. I have also worked with The Holton Institute, a company that works with Autism Speaks to provide courses on Autism. I worked as a learner support representative, curriculum design assistant, and marketing assistant.
Kinsei Imada – Lincoln High School, Class of 2016
University of the Pacific, Biology Major
I am currently spending my time working on research projects, marathon training, and meeting great people every day.
Alec Knowles – St. Mary’s High School, Class of 2016
San Diego State University, Business Finance Major
At SDSU, I have adjusted well to the college lifestyle and enjoy attending classes as well as the many social activities, such as sporting events. I try to get involved as much as I can on campus and plan on continuing to do so as I further my education in Southern California.
Adela Celine Lopez – Stagg High School, Class of 2016
Stanford University, Undeclared Major
I was recently selected for a fellowship through Stanford in Government as a policy research intern for the Office of Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs. This summer I will also lead a team of high school journalists in a journalism program called Newsroom by the Bay, based at Stanford University. I am thankful to everyone involved with the Lincoln Center Scholarship for giving me and countless other students this opportunity to realize our dreams, goals, and passions by lowering the barriers we will face on the way.
Anthony Madrid – St. Mary’s High School, Class of 2014
University of the Pacific, Business Administration Major
The vision of my future is becoming clearer and I am able to see how my academic studies and extracurricular activities are shaping the world ahead of me. My professional goals include promotion of athletics through teaching, coaching, or sports management. Personally, I aspire to become a leader in my community, sharing the experiences I have gained to help others.
Mariel Montes – Franklin High School, Class of 2016
University of California, Los Angeles, Sociology Major
As a freshman at UCLA I am involved in various activities: some of which include UCLA’s Regents Scholar Society, College Honors Program and the UCLA Volunteer Center. Being a part of these activities has enriched my first-year college experience and has allowed me to immerse myself in my new environment. I look forward to seeing what the coming years have to offer!
Maryalice Rosa – Lodi High School, Class of 2016
University of Southern California, Business Administration (International Relations) Major with a Minor in Human Rights
I am currently interning at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on the LGBTQ, Gender, and Reproductive Justice Project. I work on the implementation of The California Healthy Youth Act, which requires comprehensive sex education in California schools. I also work on Your Health Your Rights, an ACLU project that seeks to provide information and resources on sexual and reproductive health rights in California.
Emily Schneider – Tokay High School, Class of 2014
California State University, Fresno, Agriculture Business Major
I am finishing up my third year at Fresno State and am very involved on campus. I have interned at the Fresno State Swine Unit, as well as the Fresno State Winery Office Assistant Intern, served on the Fresno State Field Day Committee, the Fresno State FFA Conference committee and was a Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Ambassador. I am currently a member of the Alpha Zeta Professional Agricultural and Honors Society as well a member of the Delta Zeta sorority where I served on the executive board for two years.
Jack Stephens – St. Mary’s High School, Class of 2016
Santa Clara University, Computer Science Major
I am currently studying Computer Science at Santa Clara University. I am very interested in Data Science and Machine Learning and hope to pursue that path in the future. I am also playing Division 1 water polo at Santa Clara. In addition to this, I am a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike) Fraternity.
Joey Traverso – St. Mary’s High School, Class of 2016
University of Arizona, Pre-Business Major
I am a new member in the fraternity Zeta Beta Tau and I am also working hard in school so that I will be able to get into the Eller College of Business.
Nicholas Traverso – St. Mary’s High School, Class of 2015
University of Kansas, Psychology Major
I decided to join a fraternity for my fall semester of sophomore year, and it really helped to branch out and meet lots of great people. School is going well and being in a different part of the country has really opened my eyes to what the mid-west is all about!
Matt Tudor – St. Mary’s High School, Class of 2014
San Jose State University, Business Marketing Major
I am currently attending San Jose State University and I am an active member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. I was recently accepted into the internship I applied for at Rockwell Collins in Iowa this summer.
Charles Udeze – Weston Ranch High School, Class of 2016
University of California, Merced, Public Health Major and Double Minors in Management and Community Research/Service
I’m currently a member of the school band, African Students’ Union and Medical Society. I volunteer for Compass Health Career Pathways, an organization that encourages middle/high school students interested in health careers to stay and practice within the Central Valley.
Vanessa Viramontes – Edison High School, Class of 2014
University of California Irvine, Double Major in Psychology and Social Behavior & Education
I am currently in my third year at the University of California Irvine (UCI) and on track to graduate at the end of this school year. I hope to attend either UCI’s Masters of Arts in Teaching program or the University of the Pacific’s Masters of Arts in Education program.
Past winners of the Lincoln Center scholarship not featured here: David Alvarado Rivera, Sophie Hernandez, Margarito Meza, Joseph Salazar and Tyler Arismendi.