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Community May 19, 2020

Aera scholarships help Taft High students head to college

Seven students are a step closer to pursuing their STEM careers

Regan Hamilton’s goal of pursuing a degree in engineering at University of the Pacific is closer to reality, thanks to a $750 scholarship from Aera Energy.

Hamilton is one of seven Taft High School seniors who learned April 27 they had each received $750 from the oil and gas company with a major presence in their community. Aera is the largest operator in the nearby Midway Sunset field.

(From left) Taft High School’s Amanda Diaz, Tyler Terrell and Jacob Ellis are among the recipients of a 2020 Aera scholarship.

(From left) Taft High School’s Amanda Diaz, Tyler Terrell and Jacob Ellis are among the recipients of a 2020 Aera scholarship.

Other Aera recipients, their STEM-related majors and college destinations, are:

  • Naila Avila Ramirez — nursing, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland;
  • Amanda Diaz — business and psychology, University of California-Irvine;
  • Jacob Ellis — mathematics and accounting, California State University-Fresno;
  • Sierra Kozloski — nursing and psychology, Taft College
  • Yadhira Quevedo — neonatal nursing, San Diego State University
  • Tyler Terrell — physics and creative writing, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.

The Aera scholarship winners must hold a minimum GPA of 3.2 and exhibit leadership in school or community activities. Children of Aera employees are excluded from consideration.

The scholarships were announced during a virtual senior award night. In all, Taft High School students received a total of $176,650 in scholarships at the event.

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