Four Fairfax High School students received $2,000 scholarships on May 20 from the Los Angeles Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Material & Process Engineering (SAMPE) as part of the Irene Epstein Memorial Scholarship program. The scholarships have been provided annually since 1996 to students at Fairfax High School who plan to go into the medical, advanced engineering and science fields.
Pictured at an award ceremony are Joan Pelico (left), chief of staff for Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, 5th District; scholarship awardees So Yeong Lee, Samarjit Kalra, Mildred Perez and Bianca Gonzalez; and Dr. Howard Katzman, scholarship chairman for the Los Angeles Chapter of SAMPE.
The scholarship program was initiated by Fairfax District resident George Epstein in honor of his late wife. The program was created to help academically-deserving students attend college. Epstein worked in the aerospace industry.
Lee will attend the University of Southern California and is planning to pursue a career in human biology.
Kalra will attend UCLA to study applied mathematics with a minor in statistics. Perez will attend the University of California-Irvine and major in engineering, focusing on computer science.
Gonzalez will attend the University of California-San Diego, with the goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.
Two additional Fairfax High School students — Siavash Ghadiri Zahrani and Randy Flores — were given SAMPE’s Book Awards, which provide $1,000 for the purchase of college textbooks. Zahrani will attend the University of California, Santa Barbara and major in pre-biology. Flores will attend California State University, Northridge, and major in computer engineering.
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