The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) has awarded a $2,000 scholarship to Richmond high school senior Maria Bernal, who is one of five students statewide recognized for academic achievement and their passion for community service.
The winners were announced at the 22nd Annual California Charter Schools Conference held from March 16-19 in Sacramento. The four-day annual conference hosted by CCSA drew 2,500+ diverse members of the charter movement to the largest state charter school conference in the country
As a junior, Maria worked for eights weeks as an intern at Kaiser Permanente Richmond in Interventional Radiology and Special Procedures.
She plays varsity volleyball, was named captain of the team in her senior year and is a member of the student government. She also served as president of the Toastmasters International Club in her junior year.
Maria raises funds for undocumented students who are ineligible for scholarships as a member of the AB-540 Club. She also tutors fellow students at her school and in 10th grade earned a spot on the Dean’s List with a 4.0 grade point average.