Wuzzz Up: Al Barr scholarships announced

June 18, 2014 

Art, graphics scholarships

given in honor of Al Barr

The North Modesto Kiwanis Club Al Barr Memorial Scholarship Committee has awarded college scholarships to six 2014 Al Barr Scholars. The students and their colleges are:

• Annalisa Fazio of San Ramon, a California Academy of Art University, San Francisco sophomore, $500.

• Jaimie Kim of San Ramon, a California Academy of Art University, San Francisco sophomore, $500.

• Gilberto Ruiz-Ortega of Modesto, a Woodbury University (Burbank) senior, $500.

• Maddie Pisio of San Ramon, who will be a freshman at Santa Fe (New Mexico) University of Art and Design, $350.

• Zach Aaronson of Modesto, who will be a freshman at the University of California, Santa Barbara, $250.

• Veronica Duarte of Ceres, who will be a freshman at the Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont), $250.

Al Barr Scholarships, now in their 14th year, are designed to encourage students who seek careers in graphic design or fine arts and enroll at a four-year college or university as a graphic communications or art major.

Barr, who died in 2000, was one of the first graphic designers in Modesto. He started his business, Al Barr Design, in 1974 after a 12-year graphic artist career at The Bee and the Pasadena Star-News. Barr was a past president and member of the North Modesto Kiwanis Club for nearly 30 years.

For scholarship program information, call Ron Wilkinson at Nishihara/Wilkinson Design in Turlock, (209) 668-7627.

Caltrans scholarship

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 10 awarded the 2014 Future in Transportation Scholarship to Beyer High School graduate Elizabeth Berry. Each year, Caltrans District 10 provides a $1,000 scholarship to a college-bound student living in the district who plans on pursuing a career in the transportation industry.

Berry graduated from Beyer High School with a 4.36 cumulative grade-point average, seventh among her class of 484 students. She plans to attend California State University, Fresno, with the goal of earning her degree in civil engineering.

“My goal is to get my engineering license, after earning my master’s degree at Fresno State, and eventually run my own business,” said Berry, who also played water polo, volleyball, basketball and swam on her high school teams. “I can’t wait to start designing structures. I want to see people benefiting from the work that I do.”

She is the daughter of Tim Berry, who owns a civil engineering firm in Modesto, and Joan Berry, a registered nurse.

BloodSource scholarships

BloodSource, not-for-profit since 1948, recently announced that 100 scholarships have been awarded to graduating seniors in Northern and Central California. These $500 scholarships recognize the important lifesaving service students provide.

Eligible nominees participated on their high school blood drive committees, submitted an essay and maintained a 3.0 grade point average.

BloodSource Scholarship winners from the Central Valley region:

• Stephanie Mayor, Atwater High School

• Bridget Verderber, Buhach Colony High School

• Kristen McNamara, Golden Valley High School

• Emily Raspo Central, Catholic High School

• Phaolina Valdez, Pitman High School

• Yesenia Garcia, Hilmar High School

• Kaitlyn Rose, Stockton Early College Academy

• Katie Khoshaba, Merced

• Natalie Salas, Yosemite High School

• Alejandra Jimenez, Gustine High School

– Bee staff

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