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AFRA established


the


Scholarship


Awards Program in 1996 for all eligible dependents of active and retired Relief


Association members. We’re proud to grant financial assistance to students who exemplify academic and personal achievements. Each year, the Relief awards college scholarships to the children of deserving members. These in- clude:


• The Leo K. Najarian Memorial Schol-


arship of $5,000 • The Bill Goss Scholarship of $2,500 • Three Relief Scholarship awards of


$2,500 • Memorial Scholarship of $5,000


The following are the winners of the 2016 scholarship awards:


AMANDA PALACIOS


Daughter of Engineer Patrick Palacios A senior at Grace Brethren High


School, Amanda is involved in the student body government in which she is the head of the Encouragement Committee. She is respon- sible for organizing food drives, pep rallies, and various fundraisers. She has leadership experience through her school leadership com- mittees, playing on the high school volleyball


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team, being a youth leader in her church min- istries program, and Girl Scouts. Amanda has been honored with the Girl Scouts USA award, Senior Girl Scout Leadership award, Girl Scout Silver & Bronze award, Silver Leader- ship Torch award, Junior & Senior Community Service awards and is a member of California Scholarship Federation & National Honor So- ciety. She also has received her Certified Nurse Assistant license and Healthcare Providers CPR & AED certification.


NIKKI WILKINS Daughter of A/O John Wilkins Nikki will be attending San Diego State


University in the fall. She is pursuing a degree in health science with the aspiration of going into the medical field. Nikki has volunteered helping philanthropic groups such as Special Olympics, Hope for Hannah, Loaves and Fish- es, and Monster Game Basketball. At SMCHS she is also part of the student ambassadors and link crew programs. Nikki earned a 4.0 GPA her academic achievements include academic awards for English and Environmental Sci- ence. She has also received an award of excel- lence through the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.


GARRETT SAMPSON BROWN son of Firefighter Gerald Brown Garrett, graduating as an AP Scholar,


will attend Arizona State University where he will major in Business/Media and Sports Man- agement. He has been an officer in Student Sen- ate and is currently the vice president of ASH, and will graduate with four years distinction in the California Association of Student Leaders. Captain of his hockey team, Garrett is also the co-chair MY’s Relay for Life program which raises money and awareness for ALS and Can- cer Research.


CORBEN HARRIS


Son of deceased member Brett Harris Corben will be attending Sonoma State University where he will be depending upon his hard work and ethics to get him through. In high school, he campaigned for office, wres- tled, ran track & field, and cross country. His coaches and teammates helped to contribute to his sense of hard work and commitment which sparked his interest in Political Science. His father’s firefighting passion carries on in Cor- ben’s pursuit of a Basic Life Support certifica- tion and classes in Fire Technology.


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