Continuing the tradition of helping students enhance their education, the Natomas Schools Foundation awarded 10 college scholarships and 15 Chromebooks to students throughout Natomas Unified during the 2018-19 school year.

The nonprofit foundation was created solely to raise money to benefit NUSD students and staff. It relies largely on public donations and proceeds from the Natomas 5k, a community fun run held in April that attracts hundreds of participants.

Over the past three years, the foundation has awarded $23,000 in college scholarships and nearly 50 Chromebooks to deserving students.

NSF college scholarships, in denominations of $1,000 or $500, are designed to help students with outstanding potential and a track record of employment or community service defray expenses of a college or trade school.

The 2018-19 college scholarships winners were:

1)    Fajar Akhter, Inderkum High

2)    Daniel Atherley, Inderkum High

3)    Reshmika Mansukhani, Inderkum High

4)    Leia Getahoun, Inderkum High

5)    Koleen Matias, Natomas Charter School

6)    Kai Kitsuda, Natomas Charter School

7)    Calista Alan, Natomas Charter School

8)    Danniel Urena, Natomas Charter School

9)    Angelo Hinojosa, Leroy Greene Academy

10)  Alyson Kahn, Natomas Charter School

Fifteen Chromebook winners were selected from more than 60 applications received from students in 5th grade or higher. Candidates were judged on the basis of academic performance and potential, leadership potential, service to others and a need for a computer to improve or maintain their school performance.

Winners were Sofia Gutierrez, American Lakes School; Allyson Sizemore, Amari Kiburi and Trinity Aguilar, Heron School; Javan Dosanjh and Fajar Akhter, Inderkum High; Jada Foster, Natomas High; and Ahndiya Kiburi, Lydia Jema, Tayybah Iqbal, Rylan Rubiono, Aubrey McCray, Miya McDonnell, Kristina Baca and Angela Bustos, all of Natomas Charter School.

Please consider supporting the Natomas Schools Foundation to help other promising students in years to come. Donations can be made through Pay Pal by clicking here. The foundation is run by volunteers and does not spend a single dollar on administrative costs.

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Jada Foster holding up Chromebook from NSF scholarship program
Two students awarded chromebooks
Student Aubrey McCray holding up chromebook from Natomas Schools Foundation
Three Heron students holding chromebooks
Natomas Charter School students Koleen Matias, Kai Kitsuda, Calista Alan, Danniel Urena and Alyson Kahn
Natomas Schools Foundation Scholarship winner Angelo Hinojosa
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