Graduating Las Lomas High School senior Sarah Borchardt was this year's recipient of the Michael W. DeSa Memorial Scholarship, administered by the Walnut Creek Education Foundation.
Borchardt gets $2,000 from the foundation and plans to attend the University of Oregon in the fall.
"Her achievements exemplify the scholarship criterion, which seeks a well-rounded graduate of the Walnut Creek schools (attending K-12) who has nurtured life's passions both in school and outside the confines of academia, through service in the community and other pursuits," a foundation news release said.
Borchardt was honored at the Las Lomas High School Senior Awards Night on May 30.
Borchardt, part of the school's wind ensemble, has played women's lacrosse all four years of high school, as well as recreational soccer, and has through ministries at her church has volunteered as a mentor to middle school girls, according to the release. She plans to work in journalism when she graduates.
The DeSa family specifically choose Borchardt out of 10 applicants. When Walnut Creek Superintendent Mike DeSa passed away in 2006, his family requested that donations be made in his name to the Walnut Creek
Education Foundation. DeSa's family, wife Lisa and children Caitlin and Sam, proposed using a portion of the funds to start a memorial scholarship fund to be administered by the foundation and awarded to seniors at Las Lomas High School.
For more information about the Michael W. DeSa Memorial Scholarship or to make a donation, please contact Liz Davis, WCEF Executive Director by calling 925-933-WCEF (9233) or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.wcefk12.org.
And the news keeps coming for the Walnut Creek Education Foundation. On March 29 Wells Fargo presented a check for $10,000 to the foundation. It is one of 16 school districts or foundations that received a supporting grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation, according to a news release.
"In addition to the countless hours that our team members spend volunteering in local schools, we are proud to provide funding to schools throughout Contra Costa County," said Mount Diablo president for Wells Fargo Bob Ceglio in the release. "By hosting this event and providing funding to schools, we want to personally say 'thank you' to the educators in our communities and provide resources to help purchase schools supplies or other pressing needs."
Wells Fargo has donated over $1.4 million in education funding in Contra Costa County since 2010. This is the third year that the foundation has been a recipient of this grant which goes into the general fund to support academic programs and personnel for all students at Buena Vista Elementary, Indian Valley Elementary, Murwood Elementary, Parkmead Elementary, Walnut Heights Elementary, Walnut Creek Intermediate and Las Lomas High School.
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