[Posted May 31, 2015] The Uni Hi Education Foundation delivered three scholarship awards to deserving seniors in the Class of 2015. Applicants for two of the awards wrote essays specific to those programs, and the awardees were selected by the UHEF Board of Directors. The awards were presented at the annual awards ceremony on May 20.
- The UHEF Outstanding Community Service Award ($1,000) was made to Abigail Diaz. She has worked with Prime Time, an after-school program for kids with developmental disabilities, sponsored by UCLA, as well as at Arlington Heights Elementary, where she attended primary school. In addition, she has recently graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Cadet Academy, and is planning to pursue a university degree in criminal justice.
- The estate of Sharon Mednick, a Uni college counselor from 1995-2003, bequeathed $10,000 to establish a fund to help a student who demonstrates an interest in pursuing a career in education. Thanks to your ongoing support, the Mednick Fund was grown and continues to award $1,000 annually. The 2015 recipient of the Sharon Mednick Scholarship is Ashley Drew. She realized that teaching drew her to help others and saw the impact of a “spark of inspiration” that helps people want to achieve. Ashley will be attending the University of California. Riverside in the fall.
- For 2015, the UHEF inaugurated the Jack Moscowitz Principal’s Award in honor of the much-loved former Uni principal who inspired the creation of the UHEF. The selection of the award is made by the University High School Principal and Eric Davidson selected Gabriela Rodriguez. He describes her as well-liked, a great role model and someone who leads by example. “She gives 100% to everything she does, is wise beyond her years, puts family first, is goal-oriented but also patient,” noted Davidson. “She is someone you would want your own child to befriend. She’s a wonderful part of the Uni family.”
UHEF Foundation co-President Judy Wolfenstein noted “The ongoing support of the UHEF allows the Foundation to continue awarding these scholarships. Please donate generously to the Foundation and our annual awards funds. You can direct your donation to the scholarship of your choice. We are striving to fund other scholarships and can do so with your help.”