Malibu Woman’s Club, “Nurturing Leaders of Tomorrow,” annually awards scholarships to seniors who attend Malibu High School and other senior residents of Malibu who attend one of the private schools in the surrounding area. We have found that students benefit from recognition by our community for their accomplishments in scholarship, community service, and noteworthy participation in areas of their interest. Even though some encounter chronic illness, handicaps, or family crises, still they achieve excellence.
Nowadays, higher education, whether public or private, costs a lot, requiring most students to undertake burdensome student loans in addition to jobs. Recognizing outstanding young people with a financial assist demonstrates our pride in them and our appreciation of their goals and achievements.
Community corporate donors may present their own awards if they so choose, honoring an outstanding student and giving visibility to their business.
Also, Malibu Woman’s Club encourages Malibu fifth graders to continue their good work in an essay contest, which local schools administer. We designate the topic to the teachers, who provide time for the children to write in their classrooms. After presenting the first- and second-place winners from each class a medal and a check at the annual luncheon, we listen to them read their creative and charming essays. We note that a few years later, some of the essay winners return to receive a senior scholarship.
Malibu Woman’s Club, whose sole purpose is to raise money for these annual scholarships, would be honored to have Malibu businesses join our support in this worthy pursuit. Those who donate will enjoy applying our 501 (c) (3) designation.
2013 High School Senior Scholarship Winners
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS of MALIBU
--BRILLIANT, TALENTED, GENEROUS, AND HANDSOME: On May 30, 2013, Malibu Woman’s Club awarded annual $1000 scholarships to 13 Malibu High School seniors for their academic achievement, school participation, and community service. Considered only by number and selected out of a field of outstanding applicants, these young people exhibited excellence in many endeavors. They give us reason to face the future with optimism.
David Resnick of Malibu Bay Company, the beneficent donor who contributes an annual special scholarship, awarded for 2013
The other award recipients are as follows:
- Jordan Alexander , Malibu High School
2013 Fifth Grade Essay Winners
- Back row l to r: Ari Farrahi, Brigid Tucker, Isabella Manera, Ezra Miller, Juliette Larsen,
Sarah Grace McKenzie, Annabel Zimmer, Joy Bonewitz, Kelly Alavarez, Alina Rose Armstrong, Gabriella Hayman
Principal: Pamela Herkner
Teacher: Jill Matthews
- 1st place tie: Joy Bonewitz and Ari Farrahi
- 2nd place: Kelly Alavarez
Teacher: Christine Rowland
- 1st place: Xavier Commerford
- 2nd place: Eero Philipson
Teacher: Susan Baltrushes
- 1st place: Gabriella Hayman
- 2nd place: Alina Rose Armstrong
OUR LADY OF MALIBU
Principal: Michael Smith
Teacher: Daniel Estes
- 1st place: Brigid Tucker
- 2nd place: Isabella Manera
POINT DUME MARINE SCIENCE SCHOOL
Principal: Rebecca Johnson
Teacher: Margo Dunn
- 1st place tie: Annabel Zimmer and Sarah Grace McKenzie
Teacher: Kris Jennings
- 1st place: Juliette Larsen
- 2nd place: Ezra Miller
Principal: Phil Cott
Teacher: Kristina London
- 1st place: Sami deNicola
- 2nd place: Daniel Rafeedie
Teacher: Karen Verham
- 1st place: Serena Perl
- 2nd place: Grant Baer
Front row l to r: Xavier Commerford, Eero Philipson, Daniel Rafeedie, Grant Baer, Serena Perl, Sami deNicola
The topic for the essay contest this year: “PAY IT FORWARD. Imagine what small or large thing you could do for someone else. Perform this act of kindness. Write about what you chose to do: Why did you choose that particular act of kindness? What difference did it make to others? and What difference did it make to you?”
The students described a grand scope of good deeds, from thoughtful things that they performed at home or in the community to projects in Honduras and Africa. To the delight of the crowd on May 20, 2013, all 17 children read their essays to club members, proud parents and other relatives, friends, principals, and teachers.The event was held at a private home overlooking the blue Pacific. MWC members served luncheon to the students and their guests.
From Juan Cabrillo, Our Lady of Malibu, Point Dume, and Webster Elementary Schools, children in each fifth grade class wrote their essays in school. Malibu Woman’s Club Committee members selected from over two hundred submissions a first and second prize in each Malibu fifth grade class. Identified only by number during the judging process, the winner received $150 and the second place $100.