22 Jul 2015

Taking Flight 2015 Soar Scholarship Winners

Taking Flight 2015 Soar Scholarship Winners

Author: Bonnie Hughes  /  Categories: Education  / 

Ten of the Yakima Valley’s top high school and college transfer students will soon be pursing their academic goals at Heritage University. The students have been selected as 2015 winners of the competitive HU Soar Scholarship.

This is the second year the university has awarded the full-tuition undergraduate scholarships. Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Harold Wingood said that, as word gets out among high school and community college students about the scholarship and the opportunities a Heritage University education brings, the more difficult it is to pare down the final recipients from the list of high-achieving students.

“It was extremely hard to award only 10 winners, since we received so many high-caliber applications. There were so many who deserved to win; we wish we could give scholarships to them all,” said Wingood.

This year’s recipients, current schools and intended majors are:

  1. Aleesa Bryant, CWU & WWU, Biomedical Science
  2. Estafania Guerrero, Granger High School, Nursing
  3. Kaneeta Jeffrey-Zack, Toppenish High School, undecided   
  4. Jiovanna Lamas, Wapato High School, Mathematics
  5. Idalis Licea, Zillah High School, Nursing
  6. LisaLyn Tormey, Riverside Christian School, Medicine
  7. Anthony Tzib, Prosser High School, Visual Arts
  8. Cynthia Vargas, Eisenhower High School, Elementary Education
  9. Maria Villanueva, Davis High School, Biochemistry
  10. Valentin Zaragoza, Toppenish High School, PA Program

Tormey says she had considered another school with a pre-med program similar to Heritage’s, but the Soar Scholarship means she can get the high-quality education she wants without having to leave home.

“I love this valley and I am determined to become a doctor and make a difference right here at home,” she said.

Lamas also considered other schools that offered her scholarships, but she was drawn to the small-campus feel of Heritage University, which provides students a more personalized education taught by world-class professors.

“I know the instructors provide a lot of one-on-one attention to their students,” she said. “I know it will make me feel like part of a community, instead of feeling lost at a larger institution.”

The Soar Scholarship is a full-tuition, undergraduate scholarship open to high school seniors and first-time college students not currently nrolled at Heritage. Recipients are selected based on their high school or college GPA, SAT or ACT testing scores, a personal mission statement, a letter of recommendation and an in-person interview.

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