ALAMEDA -- Meriam Salem, a senior graduate at the Alameda Science and Technology Institute, has been named as the 27th annual winner of the $5,000 Ken and Shirley Van Sickle Scholarship.

Salem was a top student at ASTI, was student body president and was very active in community activities such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center and the Islamic Center of Alameda.

Salem plans to attend American University in Washington, D.C., this fall and study international relations.

The scholarship honors Ken and Shirley Van Sickle, two distinguished educators who together devoted more than 50 years to the education of students in Alameda. Applicants to the scholarship are judged on a combination of academic achievement, leadership and financial need. In addition to Salem, three other students were selected as scholarship finalists -- Amy Fann of Alameda High and Emma Finn and Dylan Tonningsen of Encinal High.

Keith Van Sickle, president of the scholarship foundation said, "We are very pleased to be able to support Meriam as she pursues her dream of a college education. We congratulate all of the scholarship finalists, who were truly outstanding and demonstrated both academic talent and leadership in their schools and community."

-- Van Sickle Scholarship Foundation



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