San Marcos Student Receives $40,000 Edison Scholarship

San Marcos High senior Alexis Villa-Tavera was surprised in class on Thursday by a $40,000 scholarship awarded by Southern California Edison. (April 14, 2016).
Paul Wellman

Good grades? Check. Confident, hardworking, and independent? Check. Active leader and volunteer in youth and minority projects? Check. Winner of a $40,000 check? Check.

On April 14, San Marcos High School’s Alexis Villa-Tavera was one of 30 high school seniors statewide to score a piece of energy giant Southern California Edison’s $1.2 million Edison Scholars Program pie, paid out annually to high-achieving students with higher-education goals in science, technology, engineering, and math, and who have also demonstrated financial need.

“I walked into my class and I saw cameras everywhere, and I wasn’t sure what was going on,” said Villa-Tavera about the surprise announcement. “And they announced my name that I had won. It was fantastic, just a great feeling.”

Villa-Tavera has been a standout in San Marco’s Accelerated Academic Program for Leadership and Enrichment Academy [AAPLE] Academy. She’s planning to study engineering at UC Santa Cruz.


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