Six Scholarships Awarded to Local Teens By Capistrano Coast National Charity League

Photo of scholarship recipients Left to right:   Noel Mircovich (University of Oregon),  Afsoon Ghafari-Saravi (UCLA),  Max Johnson (Northern Arizona University),  Sarah Romero (UCSB),  Ramtin Talebi (Harvard), and Zackary King (UCSD)
Photo of scholarship recipients Left to right: Noel Mircovich (University of Oregon), Afsoon Ghafari-Saravi (UCLA), Max Johnson (Northern Arizona University), Sarah Romero (UCSB), Ramtin Talebi (Harvard), and Zackary King (UCSD)

The Capistrano Coast Chapter of National Charity League, Inc., (NCL) has awarded scholarships totaling $5000.00 to six graduating seniors from four local south county high schools who stood out in demonstrating leadership, academic excellence and a commitment to community service throughout their high school careers. 

The chapter reviewed many applications for the scholarships from students that attend high schools represented by the members of the Capistrano Coast chapter senior class. The applicants received points based on the following guidelines:  community service, financial need, GPA, SAT or ACT scores, and additional responsibilities such as employment and extracurricular activities.  The recipients may not be a member of the NCL chapter.  All applicants were rated individually based on these guidelines and then confidentially ranked by points received from highest to lowest by the scholarship committee.  

The six 2014 NCL scholarship recipients are from:

Capistrano Valley High School:  Zackary King (attending UC San Diego) and Ramtin Talebi (attending Harvard University).  

Dana Hills High School:  Noel Mircovich (attending University of Oregon) and Afsoon Ghafari-Saravi (attending UCLA).

San Clemente High School:  Sarah Romero (attending UC Santa Barbara).

JSerra Catholic High School:  Marc “Max” Alexander Johnson (attending Northern Arizona University).   

“The awards presented to these fine students represent more than the actual dollars. They represent NCL Capistrano Coast’s support of each of these students as we send them off to college. We expect great things from them, including supporting their communities after they graduate,” said Kerry Bowers, the NCL scholarship committee chair.

National Charity League, Inc., is a mother/daughter organization dedicated to serving local philanthropies while fostering the mother/daughter relationship.  Mothers and daughters commit to a six-year program, from 7th to 12th grade, centered on community service.  The members participate in philanthropic work, educational activities, leadership development, and cultural enrichment. 

The Capistrano Coast Chapter of NCL supports 29 charitable organizations throughout our community, including FAM, Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley, Orange County Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House of Orange County, Laura’s House, Women Helping Women, U.S. Military Support, and The Shea Therapeutic Center.  The Capistrano Coast Chapter of NCL was honored as the Most Outstanding Chapter by its national organization in 2010.  The Capistrano Coast Chapter of NCL represents the areas of San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Ladera Ranch, and Mission Viejo.  For more information, go to www.nclcapistranocoast.org 

Brainwashed_In_Church June 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM
While I'm sure all these students are sharp and deserving and we're only talking a couple of data points, but the thing I noticed is the public school kids plan on attending the most prestigious universities. I wonder what the benefit (in South OC) of attending a private high school is instead of a public high school. Is it really worth $10K to $20K per year to attend SMCHS for example? (Think about taking that $75K or so and investing it at 10%, doubling every seven years - is the payoff from a private HS school going to be better than that?)


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