San Francisco, CA— Four college-bound students from San Francisco’s Southeast communities will receive scholarships as part of the Maisin Scholar Award Program, sponsored by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) social impact partners: Brown and Caldwell, Carollo Engineers, AECOM, and Avila Associates/Hazen and Sawyer Joint Venture.
Seniors Kimari Guillory from Abraham Lincoln High School, Karla Magallenes from Lowell High School, Bryan De Leon from Gateway High School, and Karrieem Mays from Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA) will receive scholarships in the amount of $12,000 over four years for their college education.
“All four of these young scholars are outstanding examples of youth leadership in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “Through our Social Impact Partnership program, we are working with our partner firms to support strong communities while we build much needed infrastructure. We are pleased that our program is supporting these young people while they pursue their dreams.”
Scholarships are administered by the San Francisco Education Fund’s Maisin Scholars Award Program. This year, the annual in-person awards ceremony was cancelled, and the funds typically used for the event were reallocated to provide emergency grants to current Maisin Scholars in the face of the COVID-19 emergency.
Kimari Guillory grew up in Visitation Valley and currently lives with her mother and sister in Sunnyvale public housing. She plans to pursue a degree in science and/or health from Tulane University in New Orleans with hopes of becoming a pediatric nurse. Kimari’s desire to become a pediatric nurse stems from her years of work with youth in her community. She will receive one of two STEM Scholarships for female students, which support female students pursuing a STEM career. AECOM, Water Resources Engineering, Inc., Avila Associates, and Hazen and Sawyer are sponsoring her scholarship.
Karla Magallenes’s parents emigrated from Peru when she was just a one-year-old and they settled in the Bayview district in San Francisco. Karla is interested in mental health issues from a multicultural perspective. She plans to major in Psychology, and is likely to attend the University of Miami. She hopes to continue her personal self-growth and get involved in clubs in college. She will receive the Dr. Espanola Jackson Scholarship, which was created to honor Dr. Jackson, a long-time civil rights and community advocate from Bayview-Hunters Point. Carollo is sponsoring this scholarship.
Bryan De Leon was born in Guatemala and lives with his parents and siblings in the Bayview district in San Francisco. Bryan hopes to learn more about the Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) fields and plans to earn a degree in Computer Science or Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. As a first-generation college student, he doesn’t take things for granted, and works hard to gain the most from his learning environment. He will receive the STEM Scholarship, which supports students pursuing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math. Carollo is sponsoring this scholarship.
Karrieem Mays will be attending Clark Atlanta University in the Fall. He grew up in the Sunnydale projects in Visitation Valley. Karrieem pursued his dreams of attending SOTA and being the first in his family to go to college. While at SOTA, Karrieem worked hard to improve the presence and unity of Black students through its Black Students Union (BSU). Being part of the BSU also helped him to find community and build upon it during his high school journey. He will receive one of two STEM Scholarships for students pursuing a STEM career. Brown and Caldwell is sponsoring this scholarship.
“We believe in the power of education for our young people and understand the important role the Maisin Scholars serves to create educational equity for our San Francisco high school seniors,” said says Emilio Cruz, Senior Vice President of Carollo. “Investing in the Maisin Scholars is a way to give back and pay it forward. We are inspired by these student scholars and know they will change the world as they pursue their dreams.”
"As a woman owned engineering and environmental consulting firm, Avila and Associates knows the importance of Science Technology Engineering and Math education and the need to provide equal access to this career path for young women,” said Cathy Avila, Principal and Owner of Avila and Associates. “We were thrilled to partner with SFPUC, Hazen and Sawyer, and AECOM and to reinvest directly in the community where we work, to support the Maisin Scholarship Program. The Maisin Scholarship Program did an incredible job, selecting an excellent recipient, and we can't wait for her to begin her college career this fall.”
The Maisin Scholar Award Program was designed to identify and support San Francisco public school students who are determined to achieve their academic goals beyond high school. The award helps these students overcome financial obstacles that stand between them and their pursuit of higher education.
In addition to financial support, Maisin Scholars also can access to internship opportunities, peer support, and academic and career counseling through the Maisin program. The scholarships sponsored by SFPUC’s partners were specifically designated for San Francisco Unified School District high school seniors who reside in Bayview-Hunters Point, who will attend college or a vocational program in the fall of 2020, and who achieved a 2.0 – 3.5 cumulative unweighted GPA.
These sponsorships are part of the SFPUC’s Social Impact Partnership Program, which invites private sector firms to give back locally to the communities in which they are performing work on behalf of the SFPUC. The SFPUC is the first public utility in the country to implement a Social Impact Program that advances corporate social responsibility as a part its competitive bidding process for professional services, alternative delivery, and energy procurement contracts.
Other examples of the SFPUC’s Social Impact Partnership program include CityWorks, which offers paid internships for young adults in the City’s Southeast communities, and the Phoenix Fund, a small business assistance program for local companies impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It delivers drinking water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, collects and treats wastewater for the City and County of San Francisco, and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residents, and businesses. Our mission is to provide our customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. Learn more at www.sfwater.org.