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Burbank Assn. of Realtors’ Community Services Foundation Gives Scholarships

High school seniors considering careers ranging from engineering and medicine to politics and law received scholarships from the Burbank Assn. of Realtors during a recent breakfast meeting at the Burbank Realtors Hall. The $42,000 distributed to the students was raised by the Burbank Assn. of Realtors’ Community Services Foundation.

Burbank students received monetary awards from the Burbank Assn. of Realtors' Community Services Foundation at a recent breakfast. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Burbank students received monetary awards from the Burbank Assn. of Realtors’ Community Services Foundation at a recent breakfast. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Included in that total were scholarships provided by longtime association member Ray Adams and his wife, Bonnie. Those scholarships were presented to students Francesca Florindez and Robert Ristine. Adams also granted an additional scholarship to college student Kevin Zhang who received a financial gift last year.

The Realtors foundation raised the funds at its annual auction held in September and numerous other fundraisers throughout the year, said scholarship committee co-chair Marion Chase.

“It’s heartwarming to influence these young adults’ lives,” Chase said. “They have proven themselves in high school by their scholastic grades and their commitment to community service. We get more applicants than we can provide for and its heart-wrenching not to be able to give to all who apply. This all would not be possible without the fundraising efforts of the Burbank Assn. of Realtors and its foundation.”

Scholarship recipient Julia Newton of Burbank High School struggled with a speech impediment early in life but having a wonderful therapist has inspired her to follow a career path in speech and language pathology. She has logged 300 hours of community service participating in the Hoof & Woof Walk and Operation Christmas Child, and her family has rescued 17 dogs. At Burbank High she has earned a 3.9 GPA.

Francesca Florindez of John Burroughs High School and her family are facing a challenge following the passing of her father. Her mother is raising Francesca and her two sisters alone. Francesca has a 4.02 GPA, holds membership in many campus clubs and is a volunteer soccer coach. She wants to become an advocate or educator.

Roger Rochart of Providence High School is being raised by his grandfather and hopes to become a doctor like his grandfather. Roger has a 3.9 GPA, plays the piano and volunteers time to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and the Burbank parks department.

Students from John Burroughs High School receiving scholarships from the Burbank Assn. of Realtors' Community Services Foundation are, from left, Madeline Aragon, Francesca Florindez, Lili Hooshivar, Davonte Matthews, Hannah Mersch and Elizabeth Gunn with Principal Deborah Madrigal. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Students from John Burroughs High School receiving scholarships from the Burbank Assn. of Realtors’ Community Services Foundation are, from left, Madeline Aragon, Francesca Florindez, Lili Hooshivar, Davonte Matthews, Hannah Mersch and Elizabeth Gunn with Principal Deborah Madrigal. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Lili Hooshivar of Burroughs has a 4.63 GPA and is #1 in her class of 597. She is a member of many school clubs and has received many awards for achievement. She has volunteered throughout her school years. She desires to work in the field of neuroscience.

Elizabeth Gunn of Burroughs High School has a 4.6 GPA and is second in her class of 597. She is a member and officer of many clubs at school. She performs volunteer hours at her church and for the Burbank parks department. She has been accepted to USC and hopes to become a sports broadcaster.

Davonte Matthews of Burroughs has a 4.03 GPA. He is a high achiever, likes acting, poetry and volunteers in a mentorship program at the Burbank Community YMCA. He has been accepted to UC San Francisco and he hopes to work at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Hannah Mersch of Burroughs has a 4.1 GPA. She volunteers at her church and Burbank Temporary Aid Center. She is a member of the girls volleyball team and many school clubs. She will attend Rivendell Sanctuary in Minnesota with hopes of becoming an elementary teacher, possibly in special education.

Madeline Aragon of Burroughs High School has a 4.0 GPA and is active in school clubs where she holds several officer positions. Her career goal is to work with a government agency promoting equality.

Burbank High School students receiving scholarships from the Burbank Assn. of Realtors' Community Services Foundation are, from left, Madigan Roll, Candace Kim, Julia Newton, Manny Ilasco and Nune Hakobyan with their Principal Michael Bertram.

Burbank High School students receiving scholarships from the Burbank Assn. of Realtors’ Community Services Foundation are, from left, Madigan Roll, Candace Kim, Julia Newton, Manny Ilasco and Nune Hakobyan with their Principal Michael Bertram.

Manny Ilasco of Burbank High School has a 4.6 GPA and is #1 in his class of 659 students. He is a member of many school clubs including Key Club and the National Honor Society and volunteers for such school activities as cleaning the beaches and making sandwiches for the homeless. He would like to follow a career in physics.

Candace Kim of Burbank High School has a 4.5 GPA, and is fourth in her class of 659. She worked with children at the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley, which has been the impetus for her decision to become a pediatrician. She has volunteered hundreds of hours with the Burbank High School Key Club and for Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.

Madigan Roll of Burbank High has a 4.28 GPA. She is a competitive swimmer and has volunteered many hours to Special Olympics in the swimming division. She is still deciding on a career choice.

Nune Hakobyan of Burbank High School has a 3.6 GPA. Nune has volunteered at the Burbank Animal Shelter filming pets which has helped increase the adoption rate there. In addition, Nune has volunteered at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and for the Hope Club. Nune is pointing toward a career in film production.

Also receiving scholarships from the Burbank Assn. of Realtors' Community Services Foundation are, from left, Araceli Najar, who received the Burbank Adult School scholarship, and Robert Ristine, who received the Ray and Bonnie Adams scholarship, with Julie Grair, Adult School counselor.

Also receiving scholarships from the Burbank Assn. of Realtors’ Community Services Foundation are, from left, Araceli Najar, who received the Burbank Adult School scholarship, and Robert Ristine, who received the Ray and Bonnie Adams scholarship, with Julie Grair, Adult School counselor.

In addition, two students who have graduated from the Burbank Adult School received scholarships. Robert Ristine attends Los Angeles Valley College. Araceli Najar is a mother of three and grandmother of three. She attends Los Angeles Valley College and wants to transfer to Cal State Northridge and earn a teaching credential.

Serving on the scholarship committee with Chase were co-chair John Scarff, Shelley Valencia, Linda Roberts and Julian Munoz.

Members of the Burbank Assn. of Realtors Scholarship Committee, from left, Marion Chase, co-chair; John Scarff, co-chair; Shelley Valencia, Linda Roberts and Julian Munoz.

Members of the Burbank Assn. of Realtors Scholarship Committee, from left, Marion Chase, co-chair; John Scarff, co-chair; Shelley Valencia, Linda Roberts and Julian Munoz.

Realtors Give Six Students Scholarships

Six students receive scholarships from the Burbank Board of Realtors to continue their education on the next level. Recipients want to pursue health and scientific career goals.

 

By Joyce Rudolph
BurbankNBeyond

 

From left, are Alisa Cunningham, Saverio Ficocelli, Erin Flynn, Lorena Navarro, Kevin Mark, Irina Kyarunts, Nydia Meneses; front row from left, Karen Volpe and Marion Chase. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Board of Realtors presented six scholarships during the Caravan Breakfast Thursday at the board of Realtors hall.

Marion Chase, chairwoman for the awards, explained the importance of the awards.

“These awards in a way is a way for us Realtors to contribute to the community and pay it forward,” she said.

 

Recipients are:

 

Valery Vasquez ranks #3 in her class of 662 at Burbank High School and has chalked up 440 hours of community service. She has served in leadership positions in the National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Key Club, Medical Association and she and a few friends as freshmen founded Club Marine to raise awareness about Marine Life Protection. Valery is serving as vice president. She will continue her education at Stanford University with plans to become a pediatrician.

 

Lorena Navarro-Guillen has spent the last two years earning her high school diploma at the Burbank Adult School and has achieved at 3.14 GPA. She has worked for the last seven years as a nurse’s assistant and is pursuing a career in nursing. She will attend college and eventually become a Registered Nurse. She managed to balance a full school schedule, her job as a nurse’s assistant and extensive community service helping to deliver food and clothes to the Midnight Mission.

 

Mariam Kyarunts is in the top 4 in her class of 662 at Burbank High.  For the past five years there were only As, some plusses and only three A minuses. She has held leadership positions in Key Club, California Scholarship Federation, National Honor Society, Academic Decathlon and completed 150 Service Learning Hours with Key Club.  Mariam is going to Stanford to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology in order to enter medical school. She loves to learn and pursue knowledge of medical discoveries.

 

Marin Sklan is a student at Burroughs High School but has also studied at Oxford University. At Burroughs she has been a member of the Vocal Music Association where she has performed with the Sound Waves and Sound Sensations. She is also part of the production team for the Dance Department. She is a seal bearer and has continued membership in the California Scholarship Federation. She tutors students in Advanced Placement calculus, AP European history and chemistry. She also volunteers at the American Cancer Society thrift store.

 

Kevin Mark has known what he has wanted to do as a career since age 4. He wants to pursue a career in the nation’s space program. He has a 4.43 GPA and scored 2390 out of 2400 on the SAT test. He participates in his school’s annual math, science and techology fair and in the 2012 competition received first place for physics, first place in calculus and second place in game programming. He plans to attend UCLA.

 

Enrique Meneses came to the United States from Guatemala and he an his mother would test each

Enrique A. Dominguez Meneses

other while learning English. He finished #1 in his class at Bubank High School with a GPA of 4.55. He has more than 100 hours of community service at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center volunteering in the Intesive Care Unit. He is a member of the Medical Association, California Scholarship Federation and National Honor Society. He will attend Harvard University and would like to be a doctor, engineer or research scientist.

 

Chase said the scholarship program was started in 1986. Those serving with Chase on the selection committee were Karen Volpe, co-chairwoman; Alisa Cunningham, Sharon Fane and Saverio Ficoceli. There were 16 applications submitted and the committee narrowed it to six recipients. Funds are raised by the Realtors auctions. In addition to scholarships, the board also donates funds to Family Promise, Burbank YMCA, Kids Dental Clinic and Habitat for Humanity.

 

Burbank Realtors Support YMCA Child Development Center

Burbank Realtors accept cards and gift following donation to YMCA Child Care Center. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Community YMCA Child Development Center (CDC) received a contribution from the Burbank Association of REALTORS Community Service Foundation on Thursday, December 22.

Burbank Realtors hold up check in the amount of $ 1000.00 for use in the addition to the Child Care Center. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“This grant will help the (CDC) complete work on their Outdoor Classroom” said, Mary Cutone, CDC Director.  “Because of the Realtors Association’s generosity, we will be able to realize our vision. This is a very exciting time.”

The original toddler yard has already been renovated. The final phase of construction is underway now in the CDC play yard. The construction of the new sandbox and bike path will begin, followed by the installation of a tire swing, and three young shade trees being planted. Finally, the remaining outdoor areas will be resurfaced with Fibar Engineered Wood Fiber playground chips. The Outdoor Classroom is scheduled to be finished by the end of January.

Thank you to The Burbank Realtors Assocation for donation of $ 1000.00. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The project’s goal is to increase the quantity, quality and benefit of outdoor activity for children ages 0-5. “Helping children learn ‘how the world works’ through environmental awareness and providing extended outdoor exercise that fosters the establishment of a lifelong pattern of physical activity are but a few of the goals of the Outdoor Classroom,” said Cutone.

For more information about the Outdoor Classroom and other activities at the Burbank Community YMCA Child Development Center visit us at www.burbankymca.org.

Plans for the addition to the YMCA Child Care Center. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)