Bonaminio family honors son with fund to help La Sierra students
The Ryan Bonaminio Scholarship Fund will be awarded to criminal justice majors who have demonstrated a financial need, who have a grade point average of at least 2.75 or above at the time of the award, who possess a strong work ethic, positive attitude and integrity.
Including newly established funds, La Sierra University currently administers 129 scholarships, awards and prizes. At its yearly scholarship recognition luncheon this May, the university awarded about 100 scholarships to more than 160 recipients. The total amount given exceeded $140,000, about the same amount as last year’s award pool. Scholarships ranged from $100 to $12,000 with some larger awards divided between recipients. Some scholarships may also be awarded each year during the summer and fall.
Most scholarship funds are endowed. The amount of scholarships given out in 2012 may increase as the stock market strengthens as awards are made from income earned on invested funds, said Carol Bradfield, interim vice president for advancement.
This coming school year officials may offer awards from the Bonaminio fund and other newly established scholarships including the following: The La Sierra University Criminal Justice Program Scholarship Fund, an annual scholarship created by criminal justice program organizers; the Cecil H. and Carol Jones Memorial Scholarship, an endowed fund; the Caribbean SOUP scholarship; and the Harold and Ruth Fagal Scholarship.
La Sierra’s Advancement office puts out a call for scholarship applicants in February through student email blasts, posters, through announcements at university worships and through Student Financial Services. Applicants are asked to list their activities, awards, achievements and hobbies and write an essay that describes why they believe they should receive an award. Advancement officials enter the information into a database, which runs comparisons against all scholarships for which the applicants are eligible.
For many students, scholarships are a godsend and necessary for staying in school. Nichole Bartlett was one of two students to receive the Derrill E. Yaeger Memorial Scholarship this May, a new award offered through the School of Business. Bartlett worked many hours a week in a court reporting office to help pay tuition and faces the challenge of funding a law degree in the future. “I love La Sierra,” she wrote in her essay, “but …it has been a huge struggle for me to stay here.” She cited her high grade point average and multiple dean’s list enrollments as evidence of her academic dedication. “The scholarship would be going to someone who could really use it,” she said.
Nilmini Pang, a pre-pharmacy major, was among four students to receive a scholarship from The Community Foundation Serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Pang's parents immigrated to the States “looking for a better life, but instead they’re pouring a good portion of their money into me. …My parents are holding off buying a house in order for me to get an Adventist education. They want me to grow spiritually as well as mentally,” she wrote.
“This is why I’m hoping for some scholarships next year. I’m hoping it will lessen the financial burden on my parents.”
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