The SCAG scholarship program, now in its 11th year, is intended to provide financial support to a select group of high school and community college students who have expressed interest in urban planning and public policy as part of their long-term career goals. The scholarship winners were announced at SCAG’s Regional Council meeting.
“We’re honored to have the opportunity to help these students in the next stage of their academic journeys. They are remarkable young adults and future leaders for our region,” said Clint Lorimore, SCAG President and an Eastvale City Councilmember.
As part of the application process, students were required to submit a completed application form, a minimum 500-word essay, two letters of recommendation and a current academic transcript.
From the Inland Empire:
Brenna Bell and Ryan Byrne of Murrieta, Gabriel Cao of Chino Hills and Andrew Ballard of Oak Hills were chosen to receive 2021 SCAG scholarships. Bell graduates Thursday from Murrieta Valley High School and will attend Claremont McKenna College, majoring in environment, economics and politics. Byrne graduates Friday from Murrieta Valley High School and will attend Loyola Marymount University or American University, majoring in political science. Cao graduated from Ruben S. Ayala High School in Chino Hills and plans to major in political science. Ballard graduated from Oak Hills High School and will attend California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, majoring in mechanical engineering. His scholarship was funded through a partnership with the California Transportation Foundation.
From Imperial County:
Hyun-Soo Choi and Priscila Jimenez of El Centro were announced as winners of 2021 SCAG scholarships. Choi graduated from Southwest High School in El Centro and will attend the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in public health. Jimenez graduated from Central Union High School in El Centro and will attend the University of California, Santa Barbara, or the University of California, Davis, majoring in sustainable environmental design or earth sciences.
From Los Angeles County:
Leslie Busch of La Verne, Rocco Fantini of Northridge and Carly Granda of Claremont were chosen to receive 2021 SCAG scholarships. Busch graduates later this month from Citrus and will attend Yale University this fall, majoring in political science. Fantini graduates Thursday from Granada Hills Charter School and will attend the University of Chicago with a double major in public policy studies and economics. Granda graduates later this month from the Webb Schools in Claremont and will attend Cornell University, majoring in policy analysis and management.
From Orange County:
Rhett Bourne of San Juan Capistrano and Miles Riehle of Laguna Beach received SCAG scholarships. Bourne graduates Thursday from San Juan Hills High School and will attend Brigham Young University, majoring in civil engineering. Riehle graduates next week from Laguna Beach High School and will attend the University of California, Davis, majoring in environmental policy analysis and planning. His scholarship was funded through a partnership with the California Transportation Foundation.