Community: Northwest Glendale Lions award scholarships

June 05, 2012|By Joyce Rudolph
  • Northwest Glendale Lions Club scholarship recipients are, from left, Daniel Marin, Natasha Desianto and David Corral-Mancilla.
Northwest Glendale Lions Club scholarship recipients… (Photo by Joyce Rudolph )

Northwest Glendale Lions awarded three scholarships of $1,000 each to special needs students of Glendale Community College and Hoover High School at a luncheon meeting on May 24. Recipients are Natasha Lynn Desianto, of Glendale Community College, and David Corral-Mancilla and Daniel Marin of Hoover High School.

Special guests attending included school board member Mary Boger, counselor Monica Lewis from Hoover High School, and parents of the recipients.

Ryan Nekota was chairman of the Scholarship Committee.

Desianto has a 4.0 GPA and is majoring in anthropology at GCC. She will attend the University of Norway in September.

“I am very interested in Viking archaeology … and I have to come up with all of my own funding for this. I can't take any loans from the U.S. government because I'm going abroad to study, so it has been a challenge; but this helps tremendously,” she said.

Marin, 18, is a senior at Hoover High School and has 3.5 GPA. He plays football, runs cross-country and is on the track team. He runs 9 to 10 miles every day and will run a marathon this year. He plans to attend GCC, transfer to a four-year university with a major in physical education and then return to Hoover to become a PE teacher and coach.


David, 17, a senior at Hoover, has a 2.6 GPA. He plans to attend GCC and hopes to transfer to UC San Diego to study marine biology. David thanked his mom, Maria Corral, for giving him the support that he needs. His father passed away last year and his mother is not working, so he needs the scholarship to continue his education, he said.

“I would also like to thank my mother even more because her mother also passed away this year,” he said. “So thank you very much for the opportunity for this scholarship. It's just very helpful, thank you.”

One of the scholarships is provided by the Robert E. Davies Memorial fund, established in honor of the former member. Another is provided by the scholarship fund created by former member Roy Biederman. And the third scholarship is provided by the family of member Donald Ainsworth II, who died earlier this year and was chairman of this committee for several years. His widow, Ginny Ainsworth, attended the meeting.

Northwest Glendale Lions have awarded more than $75,000 in scholarships in the 24 years since the program began.

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