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Women’s Club presents Community Outreach Awards

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) Scholarship co-chair Sally Anderson (from left), Lily Frisbie, Priya Kamath, Melanie Spitzberg, Kayla Xu and SRWC Scholarship co-chair Mary Ann Harper. (courtesy of Scripps Ranch Women’s Club)

Women’s Club presents Community Outreach Awards

The 2022 Scripps Ranch Women’s Club’s (SRWC) Community Outreach Awards were announced in June. Scholarship Chairs Mary Ann Harper and Sally Anderson began by revealing this year’s recipients of the club’s annual scholarships based on academic achievement and community service.

“We are so pleased to recognize the following four outstanding young ladies who just graduated from Scripps Ranch High School,” Harper said.

These are the scholarship recipients: 

Lily Frisbie – Lily will pursue a degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a focus on being a first responder and an engineer with the San Diego Fire Department. 

Priya Kamath – Priya is a National Merit finalist and is heading to UC Berkeley where she anticipates majoring in applied mathematics. 

Melanie Spitzberg – Melanie plans to attend Washington University in St. Louis and will pursue a degree in business. She also qualified for and won the Kimbra Sellers Scholarship for Business
Majors. In 2021, Brian Sampson established this scholarship in honor of his late wife, Kimbra Sellers, an active and longtime SRWC member. The award is separate and distinct from the annual SRWC scholarships, and is funded by Brian and administered by the SRWC Board on his behalf. Its recipient must be a female graduating senior attending Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) or living in the 92131 ZIP Code who must be planning to pursue a career in business at either a two- or four-year college. 

Kayla Xu – Kayla is another National Merit finalist and heading to Princeton University where she will study neuroscience with a lifetime focus to find a cure for dementia.   

Club President Madeline Pantalone also announced the organizational awards.

“For the most part, we focused our general awards on supporting programs that benefit our community’s youth,” Pantalone said. “This was the first year we specifically awarded STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs in the elementary schools.”

These awards included:

• Funding for the Sensory and Motor Lab at Dingeman Elementary School

• Funding for the 3-D and Robotics Program at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

• Gifts to Miramar Ranch Elementary School, Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School, Jerabek Elementary School and Marshall Middle School for their academic programs, particularly math and science 

• Funds to improve the navigation of the children’s material at the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library 

• Contribution toward the Children’s Program at the Scripps Ranch Theatre

• Sponsorship for Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park

Graduating SRHS senior women can apply for a SRWC scholarship through their high school counseling office January through March. Winners are selected in May and awards are presented at the SRHS Awards Assembly. To find out more about the club’s scholarships, contact Scholarship Chair Sally Anderson at sallyb.anderson46@gmail.com or go to https://srwomensclub.org/our-community-support.

Community organizations can submit a request for a SRWC award anytime during the year. All awards are determined and funded in May. To learn more, contact Community Relations Chair Cindi Silady at cindi4realestate@gmail.com.

Brian Sampson presents the Kimbra Sellers Scholarship to Melanie Spitzberg. (courtesy of Scripps Ranch Women’s Club)