Monticola Club awards 2024 scholarships

Monticola Club honored its 2024 scholarship winners at its Thursday, April 18 luncheon.  The local women’s volunteer community service organization is celebrating 112 years of service and has awarded more than 200 scholarships to local students since 1959.

The Etta Tarry Memorial Scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to a Lassen College student graduating and continuing his or her education at an accredited college or university. Nicholas Bamerio is the 2024 recipient and will attend Montana State University to pursue a degree in film and photography. As well as his studies, he is currently an intern with a local professional photographer.

Monticola awards three scholarships of $500 each to a graduating high school student. The Spencer Memorial Scholarship was first awarded in 1959 at Lassen High School.  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.  Jessica Nakanishi, is the 2024 recipient and will be attending Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, majoring in biology with a view to becoming a physician.

The Monticola Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Kahlen Somerville. Somerville will be attending Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, majoring in exercise science with an emphasis in physical therapy to become a traveling physical therapist.  This summer she is hoping to intern with a local physical therapist.

The Monticola Vocational Scholarship was first awarded in 1984.  This year’s recipient is Tyler Dei Rossi Wood. Wood has worked as a ranch hand, on welding and metal fabrication projects, operated and maintained heavy equipment and held an internship on a farm.  He will be attending Butte College majoring in agricultural engineering and fire science. His goal is to become a heavy equipment operator for CalFire.

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

Monticola Club was founded in 1912 and members have focused on a variety of community service projects for over 100 years including the library, health and safety issues and the HLVRA swimming pool.  On Saturday, May 11, Monticola Club members will host a Mother’s Day Brunch to help fund the scholarship program and other community projects.