All the hard work has paid off for Jeanette Bravo and Jana Rowe, who each captured a Col. James G. Boswell Scholarship from a crowded field of Corcoran High School seniors.
The awards were announced during a special dinner ceremony Monday, March 23.
The scholarships make it possible for the top two applicants to attend the college or university of their choice, providing up to $25,000 in tuition to any school in the continental United States. The scholarships go to the highest ranking applicants, regardless of gender.
This marks the 59th annual award.
Bravo is the daughter of Sylvia and Israel Bravo of Corcoran. She is ranked number one in her class of 184 and maintains a 4.3 grade point average. Bravo earned an 1800 on her SAT.
She is a four-year member of the MEChA Club and has held the offices of secretary and president, respectively, over the past two years. A member of Student Voice for three years, she was secretary her junior year; and as a member of the California Scholastic Federation for the past three years, she is the club’s secretary this year. She also spent two years each in Key Club, Book Club and Academic Decathlon,
Jeanette competed for two years as a member of the CHS track team and has participated in both Youth and Government and Camp Royal, She has also participated in the Kiwanis Club Healthy Soles project and Kiwanis Literacy Night, as well as Cesar Chavez Park clean-ups and the Adopt-a-Highway clean-up.
Bravo has been accepted by several universities, including UCLA, and UCs Irvine, Davis, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara, as well as Fresno State. She hopes to major in biology.
Rowe is the daughter of Shannon and Curt Rowe—and sister to last year’s winner, Brandon.
She holds a class ranking of number three, with a grade point average over four years of 4.23. Her highest combined score on the SAT was 1710.
Jana is a four-year member of the Future Business Leaders’ Association, the Interact Club and the California Scholastic Federation, currently serving as president of all three organizations. She has also held the offices of vice president and secretary-treasurer. A two-year member of the yearbook staff, she is chief editor this year and was assistant editor last year. She has also been a member of Academic Decathlon the past two years.
For several years, she has participated in the community Christmas Tree program, taking part in harvesting and taking down the tree, as well as light set-up. Jana has attended several FBLA leadership cnferences and h helped host club fundraisers.
In January, Jana was named Corcoran’s youth citizen for 2014. She has also been a tutor for students struggling in math. She also has a long list of university acceptances, including UCs Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Davis, along with California State University Monterey Bay and Fresno. She plans to major in biology or zoology with a career aim of working in some capacity with animals.