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2024 San Bruno Community Foundation Scholarship Winners

Article Source:  San Bruno Community Foundation - CA



Leslie Hatamiya

Executive Director

O: (650) 763-0775 / M: (650) 922-1223




Foundation Awards $160,000 in Multi-Year Scholarships
to Recognize Scholars’ Service to the San Bruno Community

San Bruno, California, May 20, 2024 – The San Bruno Community Foundation today announced the 2024 recipients of the Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarship. Founded in 2016, the Scholarship provides multi-year college scholarship awards to exceptional San Bruno students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the San Bruno community. The 2024 Crestmoor Scholars are Capuchino High School seniors Justin Chan, Xenia Gomez I˝iguez, Emilio Ramirez, Sareena Robinson, Jessilyn Rodriguez, and Kaley Shum, and Skyline College students Celina Buncayo, Camille Catolos, Eden Huang, and Thet Mon Kyaw.

The Foundation created the Crestmoor Scholarship in 2016 in honor of the community members most directly affected by the disaster, especially the eight San Bruno residents who lost their lives. The scholarship program ensures that the tragedy of September 9, 2010, is not forgotten and that the resiliency, teamwork, leadership, and commitment to community displayed throughout San Bruno in the aftermath of the explosion are honored in the annual
recipients of the Scholarship. Since 2016, 91 deserving San Bruno students have received Crestmoor Scholarships totaling $1,355,000.

In 2024, the Foundation is awarding multi-year scholarships totaling $160,000. Headed to four-year colleges in the fall, Chan (who will attend UC San Diego), Gomez I˝iguez (UC Berkeley), Ramirez (San Francisco State University), Robinson (UC Berkeley), Rodriguez (UC Berkeley), and Shum (UCLA) will each receive a $20,000 scholarship ($5,000 a year for four years). As transfer students, Buncayo (who is headed to UC Berkeley), Catolos (UC Santa Cruz), Huang (UC Berkeley), and Kyaw (UC Berkeley) will each receive $10,000 in scholarship funding ($5,000 a year for two years).

“We are thrilled to help the 2024 Crestmoor Scholars realize their dream of pursuing a college degree, and our investment in them is an investment in San Bruno’s future,” said Malissa Netane-Jones, President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “The Crestmoor Scholars’ service to San Bruno spans a wide range of involvement – from educating classmates on recycling and composting, to tutoring peers and younger children, to mentoring girls interested in pursuing careers in STEM, to promoting mental health service awareness, to founding and leading a diverse set of student organizations – that is truly inspiring. We look forward to seeing these students continue their studies in computer science, astrophysics, political science, biology, and other fields.”

This year, the Foundation received 66 applications for the Crestmoor Scholarship. In selecting the 2024 recipients from a highly competitive applicant pool, the Foundation’s selection panel evaluated, first and foremost, applicants’ demonstrated engagement in the San Bruno community, as well as their financial need, academic record, extracurricular activities, and examples of leadership, teamwork, and collaboration – important qualities that were displayed throughout the San Bruno community in the aftermath of the 2010 explosion and fire. Brief biographies of the ten 2024 Crestmoor Scholars can be found on the Foundation’s website at www.sbcf.org.

SBCF is funding the 2024 Crestmoor Scholarship with investment proceeds from a portion of the restitution funds resulting from the City of San Bruno’s settlement with Pacific Gas & Electric Company following the 2010 gas pipeline explosion that devastated San Bruno’s Crestmoor neighborhood, as well as a generous donation from Allan and Mary Lou Johnson.

The Foundation will recognize the 2024 Crestmoor Scholars at its June 5, 2024, Board meeting which will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the San Bruno Senior Center, 1555 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno. Community members are welcome to attend in person and will have the opportunity to meet the Crestmoor Scholars at 6:30 p.m. at a reception preceding the Board meeting. The public may also attend the Board meeting virtually on Zoom, starting at 7:00 p.m.:

Zoom Webinar:


Webinar ID: 838 0362 5077

Passcode: 531303

Dial-in: (669) 900-6833

The San Bruno Community Foundation is the nonprofit organization created by the City of San Bruno to administer the $70 million in restitution funds received from PG&E after the devastating 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno’s Crestmoor neighborhood. The Foundation serves the San Bruno community by investing in projects, programs, services, and facilities that have significant and lasting benefits. Through making grants, leveraging partnerships, and taking advantage of other resources, the SBCF assists and enables the community to maximize shared investments and realize their subsequent enhancements and benefits. For more information, visit www.sbcf.org.


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