Speak Up Newport announces 2019 college scholarship award winners

On July 10, at its monthly meeting, Speak Up Newport President Edward Selich formally announced the winners of four college scholarships in the amount of $3,000. The recipients were Gianna Finear and Kaveh Moaddeli from Corona del Mar High School, and Maddie Vargas and Emily Reynoso from Newport Harbor High School.

Gianna Finear will be attending Brown University and pursuing a career in International Business. She plans to represent the U.S. on the global stage, either as a United Nations representative or a foreign diplomat.

Kaveh Moaddeli, who is attending Monmouth University, is seeking a career as a reconstructive surgeon, possibly in an emergency room. He plans to work in our nation’s diverse communities in order to help underserved and under-represented groups.

Maddie Vargas, who is attending UC Berkeley, enjoys helping young people in their struggles and wants to continue to do so after receiving her degree.

Emily Reynoso, who is bound for the University of Utah, will pursue a major in criminology. She would like to one day work as a criminologist in the justice system and give hope to those who have lost their hope.

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(L-R) Scholarship winners Maddie Vargas, Emily Reynoso, Speak Up Newport President Edward Selich and Kaveh Moaddeli

Speak Up Newport congratulates each of these outstanding students as well as all of the other applicants. Because all of the applicants this year were exemplary, selecting the winners was a difficult task.

Speak Up Newport, Newport Beach’s community forum for discussion of civic issues, awards these scholarships on an annual basis in addition to sponsoring the annual Mayor’s Dinner, and monthly programs of community interest.

Recent programs have included Homelessness, Intolerance In Our Community, Police Department Cold Case Investigations, Sea Level Rise and the General Aviation Improvement Plan at John Wayne Airport.

Meetings are open to the public without reservations on the second Wednesday of the month in the Community Room at the Civic Center. The reception, hosted by the Bungalow Restaurant, starts at 5:15 p.m. with the program starting at 6 p.m. and usually ending at 7 p.m. 

The scholarships are funded through revenue from the Mayor’s Dinner, private donations to the scholarship fund and an endowed scholarship fund. Donations to this worthwhile program are accepted at any time and are tax deductible. Checks can be made payable to the Speak Up Newport Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) corporation.

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