Women’s Club fetes scholarship winners

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club scholarship winners and their mothers attending a special dinner included (from left) Lisa Nguyen, Haley Nguyen, Anna Smith, Sara Smith, Michele He and Feng Liu He. (courtesy photo)

Women’s Club fetes scholarship winners

After a year of fundraising to support scholarships for graduating SRHS women, the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club was thrilled to honor its winners and their mothers at a celebratory dinner at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club last month. The young women were introduced to the club members and each shared their colleges and career goals.

Haley Nguyen will be attending the University of Chicago to study physics. She aspires to a career in quantum entanglement-based technology. Her interest stemmed from her high school curriculum which introduced her to science as well as humanities and the arts. Chicago’s core curriculum spanning all these areas make a great fit, she said, allowing her to concentrate on physics while also enjoying writing and discussion courses.

Michelle He, SRHS valedictorian, chose MIT where she will major in computer science or bioengineering.

“I chose MIT because of its reputation for being highly focused on the sciences and engineering, especially in the areas I’m thinking about majoring in,” she said.

Also, she really liked the campus and atmosphere at the school. Her long-term career goals are to become either a bioengineer or a computer software engineer.

Sara Smith will stay in California, attending UC Berkeley with a major in bioengineering. Her love for biology goes back to early school days. She has been a research intern at the Scripps Research Translational Institute in La Jolla since 2018, working on a project in cross-tissue transcriptomics. She is excited to go to Berkeley as she said “Berkeley will provide me the opportunity to learn from the top of the field . . .  in a world-renowned program.”

If you would like to become part of the efforts to support the education of local young women as well as to have fun and meet new friends, Scripps Ranch Women’s Club welcomes you as a member. To learn more about joining the club, contact membership chairs Connie Curran, (858) 271-7707; or Rose Lizcano, (626) 278-3024.  You can also find more information on the club’s website at

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