Local Graduates Khiari Neal and Charlotte Waterson Win Richmond Library Scholarship Awards

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Holding the check for $1,000.00 are Khiari Neal (left) and Charlotte Waterson.

Teen Services Librarian Angela Cox presented the annual “Scholarships Are Terrific! (SAT) Award” at the Richmond Pubic Library to graduating seniors who attend public or charter schools in West Contra Costa County.

This year’s award, presented on June 18, went to two recipients out of 74 applicants.  DeAnza High School graduate Khiari Neal was one of the award winners.  Joining other students, Khiari  successfully advocated for the creation of an ethnic studies programs in their school.  She was also active in the school’s mock trials and served as the senior class secretary and an Early Academic Outreach Program Ambassador.  Khiari will be attending the University of California, Los Angeles and will double major in Political Science and African American Studies.  Her ultimate goal is to become a criminal defense attorney.

The other scholarship recipient, Charlotte Waterson, is a graduate of El Cerrito High School.  She assisted seniors from the El Cerrito Senior Center with computer technology and also worked with a program for special needs individuals.  This fall, Charlotte will attend UC San Diego to pursue a major in International Studies and Sociology.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be accepted to a four-year college, write an essay on an assigned topic and describe their community activities.  The scholarship is a component of the Richmond Library Teens’ SAT Preparation Workshop, that has been offered to West Contra Costa students for 23 years.    

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