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Monticola Club awards 2022 scholarships

The Monticola Club honored its 2022 scholarship winners at its Thursday, April 21, luncheon.  The local women’s volunteer community service organization is celebrating 110 years of service and has awarded more than 200 scholarships since 1959.

The Etta Tarry Memorial Scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to a Lassen Community College student graduating and continuing his or her education at an accredited college or university.  Yemima Rodriguez Gonzalez is the 2022 recipient and plans to attend UC Santa Cruz in the fall and major in marine biology with a view to a career in environmental research in her home country of Guatemala.

Monticola awards three scholarships of $500 each at Lassen High School.  The Spencer Memorial Scholarship was first awarded in 1959.  This scholarship is named in honor of the club’s founder, Philenda Spencer and her two daughters, Iva Raker, wife of an early California congressman, and Superior Court Judge Gladys Burroughs.  Desiree Bailey is the 2022 recipient and will be attending either Stanford or Cal Poly with a major in human biology/pre-med.

The Monticola Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Zakary Schall.  Zakary will be attending Lassen College then transfer to University of Nevada Reno majoring in environmental and natural resource science.

The Monticola Vocational Scholarship was first awarded in 1984.  This year’s recipient is Katelyn Ernaga.  Katelyn will attend either Montana State University of University of Nevada, Reno, to obtain her RN degree.  Her ambition is to become a travel nurse.

These students are recognized for their academic achievement, community service, and leadership.
There were many outstanding applicants, which made it challenging to select just a few.  All Monticola members congratulated the students and wished them well in their endeavors.

Monticola Club was founded in 1912 and members have focused on a variety of community service projects including the library, health and safety issues, and the HLVRA swimming pool.  On Saturday, May 7, the Monticola Club members will host a special Mother’s Day brunch to help fund the scholarship program and other programs.