2016 Scholarship Winners Announced 2016-05-18

The VCDSA Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 VCDSA Scholarship Awards. As in the past, the committee members had a very difficult time reaching their final decisions due to the outstanding qualifications of all of the applicants. A total of twenty-seven applications were submitted and nine $1,500 scholarships were awarded.

For the fourth year in a row, two of the nine scholarships were made possible by a generous grant from the Ventura County Credit Union. We are very grateful to VCCU for partnering with VCDSA for four years to expand our scholarship awards so we can provide financial assistance to a greater number of deserving students. VCCU also assisted our Scholarship Committee in evaluating all of the applications and two of the nine were selected for special recognition by VCCU.

As is customary, the winners were selected based upon a blind review of applications, meaning that the applications were redacted to remove all identifying information and the identities of the applicants were unknown to the committee members. The selection criteria for the VCDSA Scholarship is based upon academic standing and performance, participation in school, athletic and outside activities, community service, overcoming of personal obstacles, and quality of application essay.

All twenty-seven of the scholarship applicants have remarkable credentials, and their many admirable traits and successes make them true standouts, each in their own unique way.

The nine recipients, who will each receive a $1,500 scholarship payable directly to the college they attend, are (in alphabetical order):

Gregory W. Dominguez, age 18 – Gregory is the son of VCSO Sergeant Ray Dominguez. He attends Moorpark High School and will graduate in June 2016. Gregory plans to attend either the University of Arizona or Boise State University in Idaho to pursue a degree in biology and thereafter attend medical school.

Emily E. Garner, age 20 – Emily is the daughter of Sr. Deputy John Garner, VCSO Retired. She currently attends Moorpark College and has been accepted for admission to California Polytechnic University San Louis Obispo for the fall semester of 2016. Emily will pursue a degree in liberal studies in order to obtain a teaching credential. Her application was also selected by Ventura County Credit Union for special recognition.

Evan N. Jalaty, age 18 – Evan is the son of VCSO Deputy Allen Jalaty. He is attending Buena High School where he will graduate in June 2016. Evan has been accepted for admission to Brigham Young University in Utah where he plans to pursue a degree in engineering.

Sarah C. Jennings, age 17 – Sarah is the daughter of Sr. Deputy Donald Jennings, VCSO Retired. She is a senior at Stanberry R-II High School in Stanberry, Missouri where she will graduate in May 2016. Sarah has been accepted for admission to Northwest Missouri State University where she intends to pursue a degree in psychology.

Hunter C. Leppard, age 18 – Hunter is the son of VCSO Deputy Richard LaSecla. He attends Grace Brethren High School in Simi Valley where he will graduate in May 2016. Hunter is awaiting confirmation of admission to several universities and intends to pursue an undergraduate major that will enable him to attend law school and pursue a career as an attorney.

Bailey S. Liljekvist, age 17 – Bailey is the daughter of Sr. Deputy Tyler Liljekvist, VCSO Retired, who passed away in 2014. She is currently a senior at Foothill Technology High School where she will graduate in June 2016. Bailey will attend California State University Channel Islands to pursue a degree in business. Her application was also selected by Ventura County Credit Union for special recognition.

Emmalea A. McNay, age 17 – Emmalea is the daughter of Sr. Deputy Mike McNay, VCSO Retired. She attends Oaks Christian High School and will graduate in June 2016. Emmalea is awaiting confirmation of admission to several universities and intends to pursue a degree in aeronautical engineering.

Jessica M. Radwan, age 18 – Jessica is the daughter of Ventura County DA Investigator III Tom Radwan. She attends Rio Mesa High School and will graduate in June 2016. Jessica has been accepted for admission to Point Loma Nazarene University where she will pursue a degree in nursing.

Benjamen W. Schierman, age 17 – Benjamen is the son of VCSO Captain Bill Schierman. He is currently a senior at Rio Mesa High School where he will graduate in June 2016. Benjamen has been accepted at several colleges and is pursuing appointment to the United States Naval Academy where he intends to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.