Friedberger Educational Fund Scholarship Awards $65,000

Fund named for pioneer family has helped San Joaquin County students attend college for 55 years

Nineteen outstanding graduating seniors from San Joaquin County high schools have been awarded a total of $65,000 in scholarships from the Friedberger Educational Fund to continue pursuing their education.

Each of the students was awarded approximately $3,400, paid out in installments over four years. More than $765,000 has been awarded since 2007. Since the selection of the first recipients in 1964, the Friedberger Educational Fund Scholarship has awarded more than $2.8 million to local students.

The fund was established in 1963 by William Friedberger, a prominent Stockton physician and longtime medical director at San Joaquin General Hospital. He established the fund in memory of his father and mother – Arnold and Lotta Friedberger. They were 19th-century pioneers to the Mother Lode and Stockton from their native Germany. The Bank of Stockton has been the fund manager since the scholarship was established.

To qualify for the scholarship, nominees must meet a list of criteria. The list includes: need for financial assistance, excellent schoolwork, outstanding character, leadership, public service, and intent to enroll in an institution of higher learning in California. Each high school in the county may nominate one applicant per year. The schools can be either public or private.

The applications were reviewed by a three-member awards committee, which included representatives of San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools James Mousalimas and Stockton Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy. San Joaquin County Board of Education Area 3 Trustee Peter Ottesen was the third committee member.

The total scholarship award for each student is $3,421, to be paid in four installments of approximately $855.

The San Joaquin County Office of Education would like to congratulate the 2019 Friedberger Educational Fund Scholarship awardees. They are:

  • Soliman Ziad Aniss, Manteca High School, Manteca Unified School District
  • Alexander Elrod, Lodi High School, Lodi Unified School District
  • Amy Geczi, Health Careers Academy, Stockton Unified School District
  • Kendall Gooding, St. Mary's High School
  • Jada Hallman, Merrill F. West High School, Tracy Unified School District
  • Nicole Hazel, Pacific Law Academy, Stockton Unified School District
  • Gurleen Kaur, East Union High School, Manteca Unified School District
  • Bhupinder Kaur, Sierra High School, Manteca Unified School District
  • Jae Min Kim, McNair High School, Lodi Unified School District
  • Jasmin Luz, Stockton Early College Academy, Stockton Unified School District
  • Alejandro Mancilla, Escalon High School, Escalon Unified School District
  • Livier Vielma Ornelas, Franklin High School, Stockton Unified School District
  • Jazmin Parra-Santos, Stockton Collegiate International Schools
  • Brianna Rodriguez, Stagg High School, Stockton Unified School District
  • Cynthia Torres, Linden High School, Linden Unified School District
  • Christine Tran, Bear Creek High School, Lodi Unified School District
  • Nathaniel Tran, Tracy High School, Tracy Unified School District
  • Andrew Villalobos, Edison High School, Stockton Unified School District
  • John Van Vliet, Ripon Christian High School
Posted: 5/31/2019