California Rehabilitation Center Employee Association scholarship recipients and their families gathered for a photo at the facility. Seven received scholarships.

By Lt. Sarah Watson, AA/Public Information Officer
California Rehabilitation Center

The California Rehabilitation Center Employee Association (CRCEA) recently awarded $2,750 in scholarships to seven students.

The recipients included three high school seniors and one college student who each received $500 scholarships and two high school seniors and one college student who each received $250 scholarships.

CRCEA holds fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for the scholarship program and to assist employees who may be in need of a helping hand.  Among the fundraisers are food sales, the annual state line bus trip, food trucks and a host of other events.

The CRCEA Scholarship Fund has been successful for three years and has awarded over $5,400 in scholarships. The CRCEA Scholarship Fund was established to recognize outstanding high school and college students of CRC employees who have a solid Grade Point Average, are active in the community, and who have the determination and drive for excellence.

Each student must complete and submit an application, two letters of recommendation (one from a faculty member and one personal reference),  transcripts, write a brief essay about themselves, and an essay what programs should the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation implement to reduce recidivism and why?

A panel of staff is chosen to volunteer as the scholarship evaluation team. They review and evaluate the essay and each application and select the recipients of the different scholarships.

The 2015 CRCEA Scholarship recipients are as follows:

  1. Jacqueline Lee – Jacqueline is the daughter of CRC employee Tony Lee. She recently graduated from John F. Kennedy Middle College High School and will be attending the University of California, Los Angeles ,in the fall.  Throughout her high school years, she maintained a 4.0 grade point average, while taking college courses at nearby Norco College.  She was an active member of the Key Club, Science Club, International Club and the Art Club, two of which she served an as officer.  Jacqueline intends to study medicine with a focus on a career as a doctor.
  2. Kiera Donoghue – Kiera is the daughter of CRC employee Brendan Donoghue. She is a recent graduate of Fallbrook Union High School and will be attending the University of California, Riverside, where she plans to major in biology/pre-med and hopes to add a second major of history of mathematics.  Ultimately, her goal is to become an emergency room physician.  In high school, Kiera participated in varsity cross country, varsity track, and The Madrigals Choir all while obtaining a 3.98 grade point average.
  3. Michael Elsanadi – Michael is the son of CRC employee Sameh Elsanadi. Michael graduated from JSerra Catholic High School with a 4.44 grade point average.  He was a member of the National Honor Society, vice president of the Caritas Christi and captain of the swim team.  Michael will be attending the University of California, Berkeley, in the fall and plans to study political science, international relations, or Middle Eastern studies.  He also hopes to minor in either archaeology or ancient Egyptology.
  4. Jacob Calloway – Jacob is the son of CRC employee Lydia Calloway. Jacob is a full-time student at the University of California, San Bernardino, where he is majoring in psychology.  Jacob is in his final year of college and his career goal is to counsel adolescents.  Jacob is the secretary of the IOTA Phi Theta Fraternity.  In his essay on Ways to Prevent Recidivism, Jacob stated, “Any program targeting the youth demographic will help prevent the recidivism rate.  If the youth is properly informed and taken care of, and their environment is enriched they would be able to succeed without much obstacles.”

Additional cash awards in the form of a $250 scholarship were presented to the following applicants:

  1. Jake Balderrama is the son of CRC employee Armando Balderrama. Jake recently graduated from Canyon Springs High School and will be attending Dixie State University in St. George, Utah where he will play offensive tackle for the football team.  Jake intends to major in kinesiology and plans a career as a sports therapist.
  2. Chancelor Hendricks is the son of CRC employee Coby Hendricks. Chancelor graduated from Riverside Poly High School and will be attending Riverside City College majoring in music in the fall.  Chancelor plans to major in music performance/music education.
  3. John Diaz is the son of CRC employee Lila Martinez. John is attending Citrus College and his goal is to achieve a bachelor’s degree in engineering.  John is involved in water technology.  John takes a leadership role with his fellow students and strives to give his utmost best in everything he does

“I am very excited with the amount of scholarships CRC was able to provide this year.  Every year we strive to exceed the last and with the staff’s generosity, we will continue to give to worthy students,” said Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins.