Turlock resident John Silva, a 2012 graduate of Turlock High School, has won a $7,500 college scholarship from Operating Engineers Local 3.
Operating Engineers Local 3 represents about 35,000 heavy equipment operators and other workers in construction, public works and law enforcement and will award 31 college scholarships this year.
Silva, the son of Local 3 member Joe H. Silva Jr., was chosen for his outstanding academic achievements and involvement in numerous extracurricular activities. He was the treasurer, secretary, president and captain of an undefeated speech and debate team, served as thespian president for two years and made the principal's Honor Roll six times.
Silva plans to earn his bachelor's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from UC Davis and pursue a career at a pharmaceutical company or a biotechnology firm.
Silva understands the importance of unions and was a great candidate for this award.
"Unions have given a voice to the working men and women in positions such as my father," he said.
Two academic scholarships of $10,000 each are awarded to the first-place female and male applicants. Two academic scholarships of $7,500 each are awarded to the second-place female and male applicants. Two academic scholarships of $5,000 each are awarded to the third-place female and male applicants. Twenty-five merit scholarships of $1,000 each are also awarded. Silva was the second-place male academic winner. A Local 3 representative will present him with an award at a luncheon on July 29.
Through the Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program, more than 2,200 young volunteers nationwide are being recognized for making a positive impact in their communities through volunteerism. In California, 258 youth will receive a $50 gift card and recognition certificate from Kohl's to honor their community service efforts. These winners qualify for the chance to receive a $1,000 regional scholarship for post-secondary education, which Kohl's will award this month. Of the more than 200 regional winners, 10 national winners will each receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships.
Youth from this area who have earned gift cards and certificates include: Kristyn Dexter, 10, Modesto; Emily Ewing, 11, Atwater; Marissa Flores, 11, Modesto; Kylee Crarry, 6, Ceres; Rahel Demissie, 16, Merced; Sydney Fultz, 17, Modesto; Kaitlyn Noah, 18, Turlock; and McKenna Hudson, 11, Tuolumne.
AdvancePath Academics, Inc. a national educational organization providing alternative high school instructional solutions for at-risk teens, has awarded $5,000 in scholarships to two graduates of Beyer High School. Awards in the amount of $2,500 will be provided to Monica Reyes and Estevan Flores for their post-secondary studies.
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