Visalia students awarded Water Group scholarships

Mya Correa and Huy Nguyen receive $5,000 scholarships from the California Water Service Group; the scholarships go to students who plan to change their communities through their collegiate studies

VISALIA – Before heading off to college this fall to begin the next chapter of their lives, a pair of Visalia graduates just received a big financial boost. Thanks to the California Water Service Group, Mya Correa and Huy Nguyen both received $5,000 scholarships to help them with their collegiate goals

Mya Correa is one of two Visalia natives receiving a $5,000 scholarship from the California Water Service Group. Huy Nguyen is the other local. (Courtesy of the California Water Service Group.)

Correa and Nguyen are two of 12 recipients from across California, Washington and Hawaii who received a total of $80,000 in scholarships from the California Water Service Group. This year, the California Water Service Group is investing in the education of students in its service areas who plan to change their communities through their study of everything from artificial intelligence to neuroscience. To date, the California Water Service Group’s College Scholarship Program has provided $760,000 in scholarships.

“More than half of these students are the first in their families to attend college, which on its own illustrates great drive and determination,” said Marty Kropelnicki, Cal Water Chairman and CEO. “It is our honor to be able to make some amazing students’ life-changing journeys more affordable in these challenging economic times.”

Correa and Nguyen received two of the eight $5,000 scholarships. Correa is a first-generation college student who will study business administration at California State University, Fresno. There, she plans to further her career goal of leveraging AI to create immersive experiences with art, culture, technology and entertainment. Nguyen will study electrical engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to become a software engineer working with AI. He is the first in his family to attend college.

Other recipients of the $5,000 scholarships include Matteo De Santis of San Mateo, Gavin Griffin of Sunnyvale, Gabrielle Lai of South San Francisco, Mallory Sutherland of Bakersfield, Landon Dysart of Graham, WA and Lucas Koranda of Waikoloa, HI. The winners of the $10,000 scholarships include Ivy Choi of Torrance, Nancy Lopez of Bakersfield, Kaitlyn Kirkegaard of Graham, WA and Jacelyn Lau of Pukalani, HI.

The annual scholarships are part of the California Water Service Group’s stockholder-funded program and do not affect customers’ rates. The program is administered by Scholarship America, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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