2 Merced grads join Fresno State honors program

August 29, 2013 

Two June graduates of Merced's Golden Valley High School are among 49 students at California State University, Fresno, to be admitted to the Smittcamp Family Honors College.

Ridge Bertuccio and Kaitlin Molaison, both of Merced, are in the college's 15th class of high-achieving high school graduates. Both were valedictorians in the June graduation ceremony at Golden Valley, Principal Constantino Aguilar said.

Honors College students receive an annual President's Honors Scholarship for their undergraduate degree program up to a maximum of eight semesters.

Scholarships cover in-state registration and an optional credit for university housing, with an approximate value of $10,000.

Bertuccio is majoring in mechanical engineering and Molaison is a liberal studies major, Shirley Melikian Armbruster, CSU Fresno associate vice president of communications, said.

The Smittcamp Family Honors College is unique in the CSU system because president's scholars are admitted as a group, take a series of specially designed honors courses and interact through educational as well as social activities.

Applicants must score 1,800 or above on the SAT or 27 or above on the ACT, be in the upper 10 percent of their graduating class or have a minimum 3.8 GPA in college-prepatory classes, Armbruster said.

Bertuccio was the Cougars' varsity football quarterback last year and Molaison was involved in basketball and aquatics, Aguilar said.

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