Friends of the Solana Beach Library
2018 Scholarships

On May 22, the Friends of the Solana Beach Library Board of Directors recognized four Solana Beach scholars with the organization’s 2018 Scholarship awards.

The four student recipients of the awards were recognized for outstanding academic achievement; intelligence, integrity, hard work and determination; dedication to their family and peers; and service to their schools, their community, and the world beyond.

President Vickie Driver presented the awards on behalf of the Friends of the Library in a ceremony at the library, with the students’ families and some of their former teachers in attendance.

2018 Friends of the Solana Beach Library Scholarship recipients
(left to right)
Daniela Conde, Lucia Saldivar, Keila De La O, and Jose Becerra

Scholarship recipient Daniela Conde credits her first-grade teacher, Jill Cooper at Solana Vista Elementary, with seeing her potential and encouraging her to succeed in school. Daniela has a completed BA degree at University of San Diego and an MA at the Teaching College of Columbia University. She was planning to enter a two-year teaching certification and Master’a degree program at New York University this fall, which would qualify her to teach at the community college level while she works on her PhD in literature. But she has instead deferred her scholarship award and will use it to enter the PhD program directly in 2019. Daniela’s resumé includes numerous honors, awards, and service and leadership roles in campus and community activities, as well as an impressive employment history in San Diego and New York.

A dedicated student at Torrey Pines High School, Lucia Saldivar sought out Casa de Amistad’s tutoring program. Her tutor, Emily Hester, recalls that Lucia was often the last to leave the tutoring room as she stayed to finish one more math problem or type one more paragraph. Through her volunteer work and employment experience, Lucia has confirmed what she already knew from her family life — that she loves helping people, is eager to learn new things, and is willing to stay until all work is completed. Lucia will begin her post-secondary education at MiraCosta College, transfer to complete a nursing program, and then begin a career as a nurse.

Life-long Solana Beach resident Keila De La O’s ties to the community include both volunteering and employment at the San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club, Solana Beach Soccer Cub, Study Buddies (a program of AVID [Advancement Via Individual Determination]), Reality Changers, and the St. Leo’s Youth Ministry. She was Secretary of the Torrey Pines High School Junior Optimists Octagon International club for two years, and this year served as President. She has organized several community service projects, a book drive and a membership campaign. Keila plans to attend University of California at Merced, studying human biology in preparation for medical school and a career in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Jose Becerra, through his work at the San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club, has helped younger kids in Solana Beach by teaching bike safety, helping with homework, and assisting with special events in the community. Working in the Torrey Pines High School PALS program, he and his team produced a winning public service announcement on suicide prevention for the Fifth Annual Directing Change Film Contest (you can see their “Light at the End of the Tunnel” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LnnxWETTkw&amp=&feature=youtu.be). Jose will start at MiraCosta College in the fall and plans to transfer to California State University at Chico to earn a degree in Construction Management.

Congratulations, 2018 Friends Scholars!