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.
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.