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CAWG Foundation Scholarship Recipients Cont...
Melisa Magana, Lodi, Lodi High School
As the child of immigrants from Jalisco, Mexico, Melisa Magana is a first-generation college student and
ESL speaker who learned how to navigate the world at a young age. Before she was ten years old, Melisa
learned how to translate for her parents, who could not speak English. These experiences ultimately led to
her goal of pursuing a career in criminal justice at San Joaquin Delta College. Her instructors describe her
as " kind and tenacious " with the " desire and ability to find common ground while standing strong in what
she believes in. " Melisa dedicates much of her time to volunteering while maintaining a 3.7 GPA, excelling
in various AP courses, and running cross country.
Esmeralda Mendoza, Shandon, Shandon High School
Esmeralda Mendoza is the daughter of immigrant parents who are proud to see her excel at school.
Although she admires her hardworking parents, she is hopeful that higher education will give her access
to a well-paying job that will provide her and her family with greater financial support. As a compassionate
leader, Esmerelda has proven her intelligence and dedication through academic success amidst a busy
schedule. Esmeralda is involved in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, including varsity volleyball,
varsity basketball, softball, Future Farmers of America, of which she is vice president, and the Associated
Student Body, where she has served as class commissioner, treasurer, and president. She has maintained
a 3.7 GPA in addition to working in the vineyards on weekends and summers and plans to attend Cuesta
Makena Martin, Atascadero, Templeton High School
Makena Martin is a driven, motivated, and hardworking student who maintained a 4.0 GPA in addition
to playing varsity volleyball all four years of high school. She is a proven community leader who became
captain of her team, mentored first-year students, planned various student activities, and participated in
a variety of volunteer services. Makena has planned to attend Cal Poly ever since she learned it was her
mother's alma mater. Her long-term goal is to become a director in winemaking, specializing in rosé wine
after college. Speaking of the challenging transition to virtual learning, her teacher wrote, " Many students
found it difficult to maintain motivation, but that was not Makena. I believe Makena's work ethic will serve
her well in college. "
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