San Francisco, CA— Three college-bound students from the Bayview Hunters Point community will receive scholarships this evening as part of the Maisin Scholar Award Program
sponsored by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and its social impact partners, Carollo Engineers and Water Resources Engineering, Inc.
Seniors Deven Chan of Galileo Academy, Maritza Juarez Yoc of Balboa High School and Kimberly Ornelas, of City Arts and Technology High School, will receive the scholarships, which can provide up to $3,000 annually for up to four years for their college education. Scholarships are administered by The San Francisco Education Fund’s Maisin Scholars Award Program.
“These three seniors are outstanding examples of the young, motivated leadership we have in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “Through hard work and perseverance, they have overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams of attending college. They are truly deserving recipients of these scholarships, and we were proud to work with our social impact partners to support this great cause.”
The scholarships were broken into three categories:
- The Bayview Hunters Point STEM Scholarship supports students pursing a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) career.
- The Bayview Hunters Point Latino Scholarship will be awarded to students of Latino and Hispanic descent.
- The Dr. Espanola Jackson Scholarship was created to honor Dr. Jackson, a long-time civil rights and community advocate from Bayview-Hunters Point.
Juarez Yoc will receive the Dr. Espanola Jackson Scholarship. Along with sporting a 3.69 grade point average (GPA), Juarec Yoc co-founded a club at her high school to support undocumented students. Originally from Guatemala, she plans to major in mechanical engineering in college, likely at the University of California-Merced. She will be the first member of her family to attend college.
Ornelas took home the Bayview Hunters Point Latino Scholarship award. Outside of her studies, Ornelas is a passionate volunteer in her community, helping to tend to her neighborhood garden while teaching young children about cultivation and harvesting. Ornelas plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice at Sacramento State University and aspires to be a detective one day.
Chan will be awarded the Bayview Hunters Point STEM Scholarship. He has a 3.24 GPA was inspired to pursue mechanical engineering by taking part in the Social Engineering Project, an initiative to increase diversity in the STEM fields. He will major in mechanical engineering next year at San Francisco State University.
“Devin, Maritza and Kimberly can be very proud of what they have accomplished so far, and we know they have a bright future in store,” said Gustavo Arboleda of Water Resources Engineering, Inc. “They each have an inspiring story and we are excited to help support them as they chase their educational goals.”
“Through the Maisin Scholarship Program, we have been able to connect with so many bright, talented students who are passionate about their studies,” said Summer Bundy of Carollo Engineers. “These three students have seized upon this special opportunity to further their education and become leaders of tomorrow in this industry.”
The Maisin Scholar Award Program was designed to identify and support students who are determined to achieve their academic goals beyond high school. The award helps San Francisco public students overcome the financial obstacles that stand in between them and their pursuits of higher education.
In addition to financial support, the Maisin scholars also have access to internship opportunities, peer support and academic and career counseling. The scholarships sponsored by SFPUC’s firm partners were available Bayview-Hunters Point high school seniors in the San Francisco Unified School District who will attend college or a vocational program in Fall 2019 and have between a 2.0 – 3.5 cumulative unweighted GPA.
In addition to these three scholarships, 75 additional scholarships were made available to local students through the Maisin Award Program. The next round of applications will open in the Fall.
The sponsorships are in partnership with the SFPUC’s Social Impact Partnership Program
, which invites private sector firm partners to give back locally to the communities in which they are performing work on behalf of the SFPUC. The SFPUC is the first public utility in the country to implement a social impact program that advances corporate social responsibility as a part its competitive bidding process for professional services, alternative delivery and energy procurement contracts valued at $5 million or more.
Through this process, firms partner with local schools and nonprofits to achieve equitable community outcomes in the areas of education, environmental justice and workforce and economic development. Together, through this innovative program, the SFPUC and its Social Impact Partners are helping to build healthy and thriving communities.
About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It delivers drinking water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, collects and treats wastewater for the City and County of San Francisco, and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residents, and businesses. The SFPUC’s mission is to provide customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. Learn more at www.sfwater.org.