The Tri-Valley Retired Educators' Scholarship Fund has awarded $2,500 each to four Tri-Valley students planning to become educators. Applicants must write an essay about their plans to become educators as well as submit transcripts and letters of recommendation.
This year's chosen scholars are as follows:
* Kaycee Bilke, who is graduating from Las Positas Community College with two AA degrees, one in humanities and the other in social and behavioral sciences. She will continue her education this fall at Cal State East Bay, Hayward, to become a teacher. She exhibited passion for young children in her essay, and her recommendations spoke highly of her drive and determination.
* Sean Choi, who is graduating from Amador Valley High School, has a passion for history, which has led him to advanced classes and activities to pursue knowledge in this area. He plans to become a history teacher, and he hopes to return to teach at Amador.
* Connor Hardesty, who is graduating from Granada High School in Livermore, has been influenced by family members who are educators and inspired by his own teachers. He has also found that he enjoys working with children in his volunteering. He plans to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring in English with an eye toward teaching English at a local high school.
* Christopher Miller, graduating from Livermore High, is interested in becoming an elementary school science teacher to make science a passion for young people as it is for him. He plans to get a degree in biology and a teacher credential that he can use in "underserved and understaffed schools."
A press release from the Tri-Valley Retired Educators said its members are thrilled to help young people pursue careers in the field that has meant so much to them.