Posted by SKEF on July 4 2015
A 2015 McKay High School graduate received the eighth annual Guido Caldarazzo Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship honors the memory of Guido Caldarazzo, a long-time teacher, coach, administrator, and community advocate. Guido taught biology and social studies and served as vice principal at McKay and Sprague high schools and principal at McKay, West Salem, and South Salem High Schools.
This year's scholarship recipient, Winne Kong, will be attending Portland State University next year with a major in mechanical engineering and a minor in psychology. Winnie will receive $1,000 from the Guido Caldarazzo Memorial Scholarship to help fund her schooling.
Winnie’s vision is to make an impact on the community with her growing understanding of the diversity and cultures in the world around her.
After her involvement in Western Oregon University’s Upward Bound Program, Winnie grew her professional skills and excelled at building relationships in the community. She took on two internships over a single summer, and constantly kept herself busy with work and extracurricular activities.
Even with her participation in her high school’s swim team, tennis team, Salem Youth Symphony, and Advanced Orchestra, her grades never suffered. Quite the opposite, Winnie has been on Academic Honor Roll many times, as well as All City Honor Group.
Yazmin Alvarez, who served as Winnie’s internship coordinator and supervisor in the Upward Bound Program, says, “She is taking all the steps necessary in order to prepare herself for this next chapter…Winnie is mature and ready for college...Winnie has become very independent, and her goals are not only for her, but for her family as well.”
The scholarship, awarded through the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, is awarded to young men and women who contribute to the positive culture of their school and community. In particular, the scholarship recognizes someone who has overcome adversity who may otherwise go unrecognized.
The scholarship is for one-year and is potentially renewable with the amount determined by the selection committee.
The Salem-Keizer Education Foundation is accepting contributions from the community to sustain the Guido Caldarazzo Memorial Scholarship.