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Beckman Foundation Announces 2022 High School Legacy Program Awardees

Six Orange County High Schoolers Receive College Scholarships Totaling $72,000

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation announced today the selection of its 2022 class of Orange County Beckman Legacy Awardees. Six high school students were awarded for their excellent lab work after building a spectrophotometer and conducting an independent research project under the mentorship of their science teachers. This annual Orange County high school program supported by the Foundation honors Dr. Arnold O. Beckman’s legacy and his many inventions, including the spectrophotometer, while exemplifying the Foundation’s mission to support young scientists.

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High schools from six school districts in Orange County, CA were invited to participate in the third year of the program. The awarded students were selected after a competitive application process, which included a two-part, double-blind review by a panel of high school science teachers, college professors, and industry experts.

This year’s award is comprised of $72,000 in scholarships to support the following students:

First Place, $16,000 scholarship, each

  • Lara Karas, Woodbridge High School
  • Shaurya Raswan, Northwood High School

Second Place, $12,000 scholarship, each

  • Charlene Hui, Woodbridge High School
  • Gabriel Samcam-Vargas, Tustin High School

Third Place, $8,000 scholarship, each

  • Ethan Lai, University High School
  • Pranav Mehta, Northwood High School

It is exciting to see the creativity, innovation, and enthusiasm demonstrated by these young scientists while completing the instrumentation build and their research projects during the hybrid online and in-person program year. We are grateful for the teachers who mentored all the program participants and encouraged their interest to pursue science.

Dr. Anne Hultgren, Executive Director of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

High schools from the Anaheim Union, Capistrano, Fullerton Joint Union, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach Union, Irvine, Saddleback Valley, Santa Ana, and Tustin Unified School Districts have been invited by the Foundation to participate in the program’s fourth year.

Read the announcement on PRweb here.