The recipients of this year’s RHA Scholarship Awards were two Los Alamitos High School seniors, Natalie Petersen and Nyssa Yota. Their winning scores were determined by a combination of their GPA, on campus activities, off campus activities, and the submission of an essay answering the question of how to make Rossmoor an even better place to live. Both Natalie and Nyssa were presented checks for $2,000.00 during the Los Alamitos High School Senior Awards Night and a plague for their accomplishments at the May RHA board meeting.
Natalie, who plans to attend Bryn Mawr College in the fall, was a member of the LAHS Women’s Lacrosse team and a member of the varsity team for three years, a 4-year member of the California Scholastic Federation, a 3-year member of the LAHS Spanish Honor Society, and a 1-year member of the National Honor Society. Her off campus activities included volunteering at the SPCALA Center in Long Beach and being a member of the Long Beach Search and Rescue Team. Natalie’s essay focused on how we in Rossmoor might become a closer knit community.
Nyssa, who plans to attend California State University, Long Beach, was the Director of Communications for the Cooperation Act which raises funds for global projects, and Secretary for the Make-a-Wish Club. Off campus she worked with Grateful Hearts, Precious Life Shelter, and Long Beach Memorial/Miller Children’s Hospital. Nyssa’s essay also focused on becoming a stronger community by volunteering activities in our parks and schools.
RHA conducts this scholarship program to encourage the youth of our community to become involved in our future. It is open to any graduating high school student who lives at a RHA member residence address. To be eligible for this contest, the sponsor must have become or renewed their membership prior to the scholarship submission deadline. Details on the 2020 scholarship will be available shortly after the first of the year here on our Scholarship page.