Pathfinder Chapter was pleased to award our 2 Impact Scholarships to two deserving students in a Saturday morning “coffee clache” on July 31, 2021.
The $2000 Impact Scholarship was awarded to Jenna Houle from Sunnyvale. Jenna will be attending Massachu-setts Institute of Technology (MIT), planning to major in bio-logical engineering, with a concentration in immunolological engineering and a minor in computer science. Jenna is a member of the am a member of the 49ers STEM Leader-ship Institute (SLI) having spent more than 2000 hours and a leadership role in the program. Driven and focused! Well deserved, Jenna. Enjoy your educational experience in Boston and wherever your advanced degree programs take you!
Scholarship #2 - Polly Olson Memorial Scholarship:
The $1000 Polly Olson Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Shannon Ly of Union City. Shannon will be starting her college studies at Chabot College in Hayward. Her interests are in the biological sciences and biomedical engineering. After 1 year at Chabot, Shannon plans to transfer to a UC university and continue to learn about medical technology and how it can advance medicine in the future.
We know Shannon will continue to excel in her studies and graduate programs, and be successful in all she does. Congratulations, Shannon!
Sanjana Bhanvadia ($2,000 Impact Scholarship)
Sanjana is a student with many talents. She has taken rigorous classes to achieve not only a 4.53 GPA and Top Scholar Award (4.0 and higher GPA for 3 consecutive trimesters) all four years, but knowledge and leadership skills that form the building blocks of a successful career.
Sanjana plans to pursue a degree in marketing and communications, with the goal of becoming a public relations and fundraising manager. She will be attending UC Davis in the fall to start her studies.
Claire Wiedenfeld ($1,000 Polly Olson Memorial Scholarship)
Claire earned a cumulative 4.0 GPA at Granada High School, as well as Principal's Honor Roll all four years. During her senior year, she explored her interests in the medical field and received acceptance into the Regional Occupational Program focused on Medical Occupations. While in this program, she maintained a 4.0 GPA and accumulated 180 clinical hours towards college credits.
Claire will begin her studies at Las Positas College to earn an Associate in Science degree for Public Health Science. She will transfer to a university with a nursing program to earn her BSN. Claire plans to
continue her education towards her Masters of Science in Nursing, as a Family Nurse Practitioner.