2018 Kiwanis Scholarhips and Hope of America Awards
Serra HS, Hoover HS and Charter School Graduating Seniors

The Kiwanis Club and Foundation of Tierrasanta awarded scholarships and Hope of America Awards to graduating seniors at Serra High School, Hoover High School and the Tierrasanta campus of the Charter School of San Diego.  The club established a scholarship program in 1982 and annually awards three scholarships through the club foundation to graduating Serra High School students bound for college who best exemplify the high ideals of Kiwanis service including character, leadership, academic and athletic achievement and service to school and community.  The foundation selects the recipients based on a review of applications submitted for the awards, including an essay, school transcripts and documentation of school and community activities, service and leadership. The awards are to be used to defray the costs of tuition, fees, books and supplies and room and board at a college or other institution of higher learning.  The awards also honor former outstanding Kiwanis members now deceased.

Serra High School Scholarship Recipients 2018
L to R: Hannah Marquez Macias, Vy Nguyen, Ryan Tran and Kathryn Peterson

Hannah Marquez Macias received a Kiwanis scholarship named in honor of Vernon D. Bowman in 1986. Hannah graduated at the top of her class with a 4.89 GPA and Valedictorian. She was an outstanding student all around.  In the community she has volunteered extensively with the American Red Cross, served as a San Diego Youth Ambassador for the International Rescue Committee and been a Summer Reading Program Youth Mentor with the San Diego Public Library.  At school she was president of the American Red Cross Club, served on the San Diego District Attorney’s Youth Advisory Board, on the Governance Team, co-founder and secretary of the Multicultural Club and a member of the Serra Students for Environmental Action.  She was also a member of the Kiwanis Key Club.  Hannah will attend college at San Diego State University in the fall. The Bowman scholarship awards $1000 per year for four years of college, a total of $4,000.

Vy Nguyen and Ryan Tran tied for Kiwanis scholarship named in honor of Thomas G. Cherniss in 2000.  They will share the scholarship with each receiving $500.  Vy graduated near the top of her class with a 4.79 GPA.  In addition to membership in several Serra High School clubs, she was very active with the Red Cross’s Services to the Armed Forces and was in the Serra High School Kiwanis Key Club serving the club and then at Key Club Lieutenant Governor with administrative responsibility for 14 other Key Clubs in her division.  Vy will attend college in the fall at the UCSD.

Ryan Tran also shared the scholarship named in honor of Thomas G. Cherniss in 2000. Ryan was also at the top of his class with a 4.89 GPA and Valedictorian along with his twin brother Nathan.  Ryan was a Sharp Hospital volunteer, served as an assistant tennis coach at a Murphy Canyon foundation, a leader and assistant for youth discussions at his church and a Serra High School teacher’s aide in physics. At Serra High School he was also a co-founder and co-president of the Multicultural Club, treasurer of the Red Cross Club and Speech Club and a member of the Key Club. He was captain of the varsity tennis team and participated in junior varsity cross country.  Ryan will attend UCLA in the fall.

Kathryn Peterson received a $1,000 Kiwanis scholarship named in honor of George V. Paluso in 2006, a member of the club for over 29-years and instrumental in the initiation of the club’s scholarship program.   In addition to the general criteria, the Paluso Scholarship awards participation, leadership and excellence in athletic activities.  Kathryn achieved a 4.56 GPA. Kathryn was an outstanding student and athlete at Serra High School. She was ASB class president for her classes from 2014 through 2018 and member of several other school clubs. She was on the varsity field hockey, cross country, soccer, and lacrosse and water polo teams.  She served as captain of the varsity field hockey and cross country teams in 2017.  She served as captain of the varsity track and field team in 2017 and 2018. She received numerous athletic awards and recognitions including 2017 High School National Field Hockey First Team All-American by MAX Field Hockey. Kathryn will attend the University of Michigan in the fall.

Corinne Gerstein received the Hope of America award and scholarship at the Charter School in Tierrasanta.  The Serra High recipients were Jake Garnier, Sarah Ruhe and Nathan Tran. The Hoover High recipients were Cortney House and Daniel Villasenor.  Kiwanis initiated the Hope of America Award program for all the public schools in Tierrasanta and Murphy Canyon in 1979, now expanded to include all schools assisted by the club and the Tierrasanta campus of the Charter School of San Diego. The California-Nevada-Hawaii District of Kiwanis International has presented Hope of America Awards since 1984.  The award recognizes students selected by school faculty members and administrators to honor and encourage students who have demonstrated academic accomplishment, leadership and good ethical and moral character- all traits of leaders who have sustained our democratic way of life.  Such outstanding citizenship traits and consistent devotion to the acquisition of learning skills as exhibited by the award recipients are very important to help guarantee the future of the United States of America. The awards include a plaque, an award letter, a certificate featuring the American’s Creed and a $250 scholarship

Charter School Hope of America Award: L to R: Foundation President Mike Pent, Corinne Gerstein, Club President Jim Knox, Froundation Treasurer Jeff Ott

Serra HS Hope of America Awards L to R: Nathan Tran, Sarah Ruhe and Jake Garnier

Hoover HS Hope of America Awards L to R: Past Kiwanis President Mike George, Cortney House, Daniel Villasenor and Principal Jason Babineau

Past Scholarship Awards

2014-Scholarship & HOA Awards-Serra & Charter HS.pdf

2013-Scholarship & HOA Awards-Serra & Charter HS.pdf

2012-Scholarship & HOA Awards-Serra & Charter HS.pdf

2011-Scholarship & HOA Awards-Serra & Charter HS.PDF

2010 Scholarship & HOA Awards-Serra HS & Charter HS.pdf

Judge William D. Mudd Scholarship- May 2010.pdf

2009 Scholarship & HOA Awards-Serra HS & Charter HS.pdf

2008 Scholarship & HOA Awards-Serra HS.pdf

2007 Scholarship & HOA Awards-Serra HS.pdf

2007 Scholarships & HOA Awards: