Where are they now?

Zephanii Smith grew up in a single parent, unemployed household with five siblings and was living below the federal poverty line when, in recognition of her community service, we awarded her $5,000 toward her college education in 2007. Since enrolling at Claremont McKenna College, in February 2010 Zephanii became the youngest ever board member of the NAACP at the age of 19. As the sole youth elected to represent California and nine other states, she serves as an active voice as a member of the organization's governing body and helps shape the association's internal and external policies. Our scholarship program invests in incredible young adults like Zephanii to enable them to pursue their educational and philanthropic dreams and "pay it forward" well into the future as Zephanii is doing.

Past Recipients

2012 Community Service Scholarship Recipients

Class of 2012

Jennifer Au, James Logan High School | Briggitte Bolanos, Antioch High School | Anthony Brendlinger, San Benito High School | Christina Craner, Oakland High School | Tristan Ford, Homestead High School | Guo Gan, Leadership Public Schools – Hayward | Itxaso Garay, Casa Grande High School | Patricia Gonzalez Rios, Life Academy of Health & Bioscience | Jessica Liang, Mills High School | Michelle Lutz, Clayton Valley Charter School | Carlos Medina, Manteca High School | Janira Odar, Mission High School | Emily Peng, Galileo High School | Michael Pham, Jesse M. Bethel High School | Benjamin Quach, Ygnacio Valley High School | Jaqueline Rodriguez, Gonzales High School | Carolina Soto, Elsie Allen High School | Rabiya Subedar, Mission High School | Claire Williams, Amador Valley High School | Tiffany Wong, Castro Valley High School

2011 Community Service Scholarship Recipients

Class of 2011

Makda Beyene, Mission HS, San Francisco | Lyssa Brizzee, Rancho Cotate HS, Rohnert Park | Enrique Cervantes, Mission HS, San Francisco | Michael Cho, York School, Marina | Jacqueline Garcia-Martinez, Met West HS, Oakland | Jacob Jovick, Casa Grande HS, Petaluma | Natalie Laconsay, St. Patrick - St. Vincent, Vallejo | Anna Le, Lincoln HS, San Francisco | Winnie Lin, Washington HS, San Francisco | Ana Lopez, Roseland University Prep, Santa Rosa | Sintia Mejia, Castlemont Prep, Hayward | Courtney Morgan, Concord HS, Concord | Rachel Nghe, Lowell HS, San Francisco | Elijah Post, Jewish Community HS of the Bay, San Francisco | Jalissa Tello, Leadership Preparatory HS, San Leandro | Khanh Tran, Oak Grove HS, San Jose | Thuy-Khue Tran, San Jose High Academy, San Jose | Becky Tsang, Oakland Senior HS, Oakland | Allan Wong, Skyline HS, San Leandro | Zeenat Yahya, Concord HS, Concord

2010 Community Service Scholarship Recipients

Class of 2010

Yadira Amador, Gonzales HS, Gonzales | Emily Au, James Logan HS, Union City | Marisha Banks, Eastside College Prep, East Palo Alto | Mitzi Chavez, Balboa HS, San Francisco | Char-leen Craner, Oakland HS, Oakland | Emelyn Erickson, Las Lomas HS, Walnut Creek | Mikala Evans, Presentation HS, Los Altos | Karen Gallardo, Vacaville HS, Vacaville | Gabriella Herrera, Merrill F West HS, Tracy | Miranda Lutz, Clayton Valley High, Concord | Allison Mages, Marin Academy, Kentfield | Nicholas Nguyen, Oakland Tech, Oakland | Daniel Pichler, Bear Creek HS, Stockton | Rajeswari Ramanathan, Irvington HS, Fremont | Nikita Romanzov, San Domenico, San Anselmo | Victorica Rosby, Bear Creek HS, Stockton | Amrit Saxena, Aragon HS, Foster City | Jacob Skaggs, Redwood HS, Corte Madera | Bana Solomon, Pioneer HS, Santa Rosa | Sarah Williams, Amador Valley HS, Pleasanton

2009 Community Service Scholarship Recipients

Class of 2009

Claire Alvarenga, Jefferson HS, South San Francisco | Brady Baldwin, Armijo HS, Fairfield | Christian Castaing, City Arts & Technology, San Francisco | Ali Davis, Emiliano Zapata Street Academy, Oakland | Kairee Fredzess, El Cerrito HS, Richmond | Cynthia Gonzales, North Salinas HS, Salinas | Ruslan Gurvits, Ygnacio Valley HS, Concord | Michelle Hoang, Galileo Academy, San Francisco, Lisa Lam, Ronald E. McNair HS, Stockton | Linda Liu, Galileo Academy, San Francisco | Itzel Lopez, Gilroy HS, Gilrony | Annie Nguyen, Andrew P. Hill HS, San Jose | Jessica Perez, East Union HS, French Camp | Marlee Phan, Oakland Tech, Oakland | Megan Reed, Sacred Heart Preparatory | Jenay Ross, John Swett HS, Rodeo | Michelle Stone, Ursuline HS, Santa Rosa | Zoe Tamaki, Berkeley HS, Kensington | Gia Trieu, Lincoln HS, San Francisco | Kor Vang, Bear Creek HS, Stockton

2008 Community Service Scholarship Recipients

Class of 2008

Ana Cedillo, Harbor HS, Santa Cruz | Mandeep Chahal, Los Altos HS, Mountain View | Elisa Chan, Skyline HS, Oakland | Sindy Crisostomo, Sequoia HS, Redwood City | Jacob Delbridge, Albany HS, Albany | Jennifer Domich, Petaluma HS, Petaluma | Simone Fine, Santa Cruz HS, Scotts Valley | Anneliese Harlander, Benicia HS, Benicia | Ariel Henley, San Ramon Valley HS, Alamo | Vincent Leon, Deer Valley HS, Antioch | Thanh Lu, Tamalpais HS, Martin City | Brianda Macias, Mt. Pleasant HS, San Jose | Shelby Margolin, Amador Valley HS, Pleasanton | William Martinez, Los Altos HS, Mountain View | Damond Barrick Ng, Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, San Francisco | Gayathri Ramanathan, Irvington HS, Fremont | Anqi Ran, Balboa HS, San Francisco | Lianabell Soto, Amador Valley HS, Pleasanton | Daishar Young, Oakland Tech, Oakland | Katherine Zepeda-Arreola, East Oakland School of the Arts, Oakland

2007 Community Service Scholarship Recipients

Class of 2007

Danielle Abaya, Woodside HS, Redwood City | Fazela Arghandiwal, James Logan HS, Union City | Jessica Benson, Terra Nova HS, Pacifica | Jesus Cachu, Calistoga HS, Calistoga | Elizabeth Chan, Lowell HS, San Francisco | Carlos Cortes, Novato HS, Novato | Octavio Duran, Gilroy HS, Gilroy | Maya Feldman, Lowell HS, San Francisco | Morgan Harlow, San Leandro HS, San Leandro | Simone Johnson, Oakland HS, Oakland | Jessica Madrigal, Andrew Hill HS, San Jose | Cindy Medina, DeAnza HS, Richmond | Shantel Mitchell, Berkeley HS, Richmond | Osnat Oron, Terra Linda HS, San Rafael | Maricar Pascual, Vallejo HS, Vallejo | Bertha Romo, Richmond HS, Richmond | Zephanii Smith, Franklin HS, Stockton | Hua Truong, Galileo HS, San Francisco | Chung Yao Yu, Irvington HS, Fremont | Iris Zhang, Mission HS, San Francisco

2006 Community Service Scholarship Recipients

Class of 2006

Robert Brown, Gateway HS, San Francisco | Mayra Cisneros, Eastside Prep, Sunnyvale | Andrea Cortes, East Union HS, French Camp | Linh Dang, Alameda HS, Alameda | Darielle Davis, Excel HS, Oakland | Sara Haile, Montgomery HS, Santa Rosa | Mengyan He, Skyline HS, Oakland | Yvonne Ho, Lincoln HS, San Francisco | Brigitte Johnson, Novato HS, Novato | Sunil Joshi, Armijo HS, Fairfield | Maria Klingenfuss, East Union HS, Manteca | Jacky Kwong, Lowell HS, San Francisco | Alan Lac, Oakland HS, Oakland | Ka-Kin Leung, Encinal HS, Alameda | Sarah Lum, Berkeley HS, Richmond | Farnoosh Nik-Ahd, California HS, San Ramon | Sophie Ng, Lowell HS, San Francisco | Sandy Ngo, Andrew Hill HS, San Jose | Thao Nguyen, Franklin HS, Stockton | Mark Pan, Bellarmine, San Jose | Mauricio Ramirez, Gateway HS, San Francisco | Juan Rubio, Pittsburg HS, Pittsburg | Faye Saechao, Richmond HS, Richmond | Maricela Torres, East Palo Alto Academy, East Palo Alto | Alison Wu, Balboa HS, San Francisco

2005 Community Service Scholarship Recipients

Class of 2005

Anthony Balinton, Archbishop Riordan | Kyle Bryan, Wood HS | Cynthia Cruz, Menlo Atherton HS | Julianna Flores, Notre Dame HS | Natalie Fowler, Carlmont HS | Tiffany Fowler, Carlomont HS | Antonia Gutierrez, Life Academy | Karen Hernandez, Eastside Prep | Carrou Lee, Mission HS | Cindy Liu, Lowell HS | Brittnee Lucas, El Cerrito HS | Peter Lucas, Berkeley HS | Cristina Mendoza, East Union HS | Robin Meyer, Manteca HS | Michael Phan, Edison HS | Jessica Qu, Lowell HS | Shannon Riggins, Tokay HS | Tanya Rodriguez, Pescadero HS | Molly Rosenoer, Redwood HS | Jessica Rubaii, Santa Cruz HS | Leslie Situ, Skyline HS | Agustin Valverde, Sequoia HS | Simona Venini, Pacific Grove HS | Delenie Wong, Alameda HS | Ashley Yates, Capuchino HS | Madison Yates, Capuchino HS

2004 Community Service Scholarship Recipients

Class of 2004

Ricardo Camargo, Lodi HS | Agzja Carey, The Athenian School | Rebecca Chan, Skyline HS | Sarah Chang, James Logan HS | Yan Zhi Chen, Balboa HS | Elinor Crescenzi, Salesion HS | Jose Gonazlez, Skyline HS | Karla Diaz, Salinas HS | Arturo Gutierrez, Calistoga HS | Kesha Jenkins, Life Academy HS | Olga Kaplan, Abraham Lincoln HS | Laura Leahy, Capuchino HS | Annie Liang, School of the Arts HS | Renata Lorenzo, Dublin HS | Monique Mejia, Mt. Pleasant HS | Jazzmina Moore, San Domenico Upper School | Alejandra Nolasco, Watsonville HS | Alexandra Penn, Lodi HS | Rosa Portugal, Oakland Tech | Abbey Stimson, Dublin HS | Alexander Tan, James Logan HS | Dallas Teo, Eastside College Prep | Lena Tran, Oakland HS | Stanford Tran, Wilcox HS | Kristina Vazquez, Sequoia HS

2003 Community Service Scholarship Recipients

Class of 2003

Allan Alday, Oak Grove HS | Eleni Alevizos, Burlingame HS | Ramon Avellar, Balboa HS | Ria Boner, Concord HS | Suncere Castro, Apstos HS | My Chau, Oakland HS | Whitney Eich, Fremont Christian | Susan Fang, Lowell HS | Vanessa Fortney, St. Mary's HS | Adriana Hernandez, Sequoia HS | Cristal Juarez, Watsonville HS | Kevin Kam, Milpitas HS | Vanessa Lee, Oakland HS | Michelle Lei, Oakland HS | Ashley Montgomery, Athenian | Scott Norton, Sacred Heart Preparatory | Natasha Peter, Woodside HS | Hue Pham, Franklin HS | Nicholas Pulley, Rancho Cotate HS | Brady Ruebusch, Bellarmine College Preparatory | Natalie Schultz, Vintage HS | Song-My Tran, Milpitas HS | Yudith Vargas, Elsie Allen HS | Olincia White, Carlmont HS | Kimberly Wong, Skyline HS

2002 Community Service Scholarship Recipients

Class of 2002

Josephine P. Alvarez, Oakland Technical HS | Ana Baires, Encinal HS | Jamie Buckner, Clear Lake HS | Suzanne Chan, Alameda HS | Xiao Yan Chen, Galileo HighSchool | Jonah Cho, Bay Area School of Enterprise (BASE) | Maria Fernandez, Watsonville HS | Joel R. Gonazalez, Encinal HS | Brian Gould, Pacific Grove HS | Jorge Guzman, Pescadero HS | Luis Guzman, Galileo HS | Benjamin Henderson, Merrill West HS | David Ho, Encinal HS | Xiao (Maggie) Huang, Oakland HS | Peter Lau, Oakland HS | Susan Lieu, Maria Carrillo HS | Kristina M. Martinez, McClymonds HS | Javier Mendoza, East Union HS | Anh Nguyen, Willow Glen HS | Mariel Rivera, Berkeley HS | Miraluna C. Rivera, Oakland Technical HS | Carolina Salazar, Concord HS | Zahna M. Simon, School of the Arts | Francisco Velasco, Sequoia HS | Elizabeth L. Woo, Lowell HS

2001 Community Service Scholarship Recipients

Class of 2001

Eduardo Camacho, Gonzales HS | Kelsie Chestnut, Oceana HS | April Damian, Lowell HS | Samson Elsbernd, Will C. Wood HS | Jeffrey Ferreira, Hayward HS | Kristyn Ha, Milpitas HS | Annie Ho, Encinal HS | Natalie Holland, Urban School | Joseph Lawrence, Gunn HS | Anne Lei, Alameda HS | DeShante Lucas, Salesian HS | Adelle Martin, Petaluma HS | Kristal McCoy, Oakland HS | Tu-Anh Nguyen, Okland HS | Molly Post, George Washington HS | Yvette Rivera, Andrew Hill HS | Andrew Rodgers, Vacaville HS | Shanam Saini, Wilcox HS | Janine Speciacci, Terra Nova HS | Alice Tsai, Kennedy HS | Heather Vaughn, Novato HS

2000 Community Service Scholarship Recipients

Class of 2000

Claudia Avila-Martin, Gunderson HS | Chandra Bertrand, St. Vincent de Paul HS | Tessa Graham, The Head Royce School | Wendy Huang, Mission HS | Jennifer Leung, St. Francis HS | Rachel Louie, Sacred Heart HS | Justine Migdall-Wilson, Santa Cruz HS | Que Anh Nguyen, Andrew Hill HS | Nikita Shah, Leland School | Erica Terence, Santa Cruz HS | Nancy Wu, Washington HS

1999 Community Service Scholarship Recipients

Maria Dominguez, Fremont HS | Ali Hinga, Aptos HS | Melinda Lim, Oakland HS | Kim Nguyen, Castro Valley HS | Jonathan Stoll, James Logan HS

Testimonials

"Your support towards my education means a lot and reassures me that as the first child to pursue higher education in my family of thirteen, I shall not allow any financial obstacles to blockade my dreams and goals in life. With the scholarship funds, I will use it for educational purposes to fuel my education in college at Stanford University."

- Kor Vang, 2009 Community Service Scholarship Recipient