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The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is honored to announce the winners of the Horatio Alger Northern California Scholarship sponsored by Arthur A. Ciocca. The Horatio Alger State Scholars are chosen based on their demonstrated commitment to education, their dedication to community service, and strength of character in overcoming personal obstacles to achieve academic excellence.

“We are truly honored to offer these deserving students the opportunity to pursue a college education,” said Tony Novelly, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Horatio Alger Association. “We know that they will carry on the Horatio Alger values of perseverance and courage in the face of adversity as they continue with their education and pursue careers.”

Each scholar will receive $4,000 that will go toward their college tuition, fees, books, on-campus room and board, and other education-related expenses.

In addition to the scholarship, the students will receive:

  • Financial aid guidance to assist in the selection of and preparation for college.
  • Access to the association’s website, where students can create online profiles, search for fellow scholars, update their personal information, submit disbursement requests, and direct questions to the association.
  • Access to a toll-free information line to speak with program coordinators for assistance with questions about their scholarships and other educational programs.

The Horatio Alger Association’s scholarship programs are funded by its Members, friends of the organization, and other foundations. Since 1984, the Association has provided $6,066,200.00 in scholarships to high school seniors from California.

2012 Horatio Alger Northern California Scholarship Recipients

  • Brianna M. Maloney, Woodcreek High School, Roseville
  • Sierra C. Bailey, Capuchino High School, Pacifica
  • Miranda A. Calderon, Hillsdale High School, San Mateo
  • Olivia Carter, Upper Lake High School, Upperlake
  • Connor S. Clark, Dr. T.J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy, Gilroy
  • Alexander C. Ekwueme, Merrill F. West High School, Tracy
  • Kylie L. Ellis, Upper Lake High School, Upper Lake
  • Caleb M. Fairchild, Ponderosa High School, Cameron Park
  • Alyse E. Fisse, Lodi High School, Lodi
  • Shawn W. Gordon, River Valley High School, Sutter
  • Joia S. Hansen, Santa Cruz High School, Santa Cruz
  • Claire I. Hillman, Redwood High School, Greenbrae
  • Prudence T. Hong, Florin High School, Sacramento
  • Ashley D. Johnson, Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, Stockton
  • Empris M. Johnson, Summit Preparatory Charter High School, Menlo Park
  • Tenzin Kunsang, Albany High School, Albany
  • Anna T. Le, Abraham Lincoln High School, San Francisco
  • Anna C. Leach, Fort Bragg High School, Fort Bragg
  • Noe Lemus, Farmersville High School, Farmersville
  • Alejandra Lopez, Coalinga High School, Huron
  • Amber M. Marga, Upper Lake High School, Lucerne
  •  Melina M. Nolen, Desert Academy, Sacramento
  • Ernestina Quintero, Granite Hills High School, Porterville
  • Jose A. Reyes-Cervantes, Woodlake High School, Woodlake
  • Brenda Rodarte, Farmersville High School, Farmersville
  • Yadira Salazar, Farmersville High School, Farmersville
  • Johnathan D. Simeroth, Yuba City High School, Yuba City
  • Jessica F. Syracuse, Burlingame High School, Burlingame
  • Micneisha A. Vaughn, Weston Ranch High School, Stockton
  • Unique S. Vernon, Tulare Union High School, Tulare
  • Yvonne L. Winer, Leadership Public Schools Hayward, Hayward
  • Angel M. Winston, Edison High School, Fresno
  • Janet Wu, San Leandro High School, San Leandro
  • Jessamine Zamora, Menlo Atherton High School, East Palo Alto


Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans celebrates those individuals in our society whose determination and hard work enabled them to overcome life’s obstacles to achieve success. As a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit, the Association provides scholarships and mentorship to high school seniors who have demonstrated courage in the face of adversity and an unwavering desire to pursue a higher education. The Horatio Alger Association has awarded more than $90 million in college scholarships since the inception of its scholarship programs in 1984. For more information, please visit www.horatioalger.org.

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