National Society of High School Scholars Foundation Selects 20 Students as Winners of the Tesoro Youth Leadership Awards

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The National Society of High School Scholars Foundation (NSHSS Foundation) in partnership with Tesoro Corporation today announced the winners of the Tesoro Youth Leadership Award. Of the 1,261 applicants, 20 winners were chosen to receive a $2,500 scholarship to be used for tuition, books, room and board or other college-related expenses.

"I am proud of these young student leaders receiving a Tesoro Youth Leadership Award to further their education," says Claes Nobel, founder of the NSHSS Foundation and senior member of the Nobel family.

The National Society of High School Scholars Foundation (NSHSS Foundation) in partnership with Tesoro Corporation today announced the winners of the Tesoro Youth Leadership Award. Tesoro launched the Tesoro Youth Leadership Award scholarship program in 2014 to recognize high school seniors who are leading by example in their schools and communities.

Of the 1,261 applicants, 20 winners were chosen to receive a $2,500 scholarship to be used for tuition, books, room and board or other college-related expenses. To be eligible for this award, students must reside in one of the 18 states where Tesoro operates and demonstrate financial need. As part of the scholarship requirements, applicants were asked to write an essay reflecting on how they apply Tesoro’s core values of integrity and respect through their leadership and community involvement. Since the program began in 2014, Tesoro Corporation has sponsored 30 scholarships.

“I am extremely humbled by the longstanding partnership that the NSHSS Foundation has been afforded with Tesoro, and am proud of the young student leaders who are receiving a Tesoro Youth Leadership Award to further their education,” said Claes Nobel, founder of the NSHSS Foundation and senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prize.

The 2016 Tesoro Youth Leadership Award Winners are:

Joseph Booth
Merced High School, Merced, California

John Choi
Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts, and Sciences, Valencia, California

Lynn Dao
Franklin High School, Portland, Oregon

Gianfranco Filice
Christopher High School, Gilroy, California

Samuel Good
Weber High School, Huntsville, Utah

Aditya Kaushika
Appleton North High School, Appleton, Wisconsin

Kriti Kumar
West Valley High School, Hemet, California

Andrew Mitchell
St. Patrick - St. Vincent High School, Vallejo, California

Ananya Murali
Shorewood High School, Shorewood, Wisconsin

Elisa Nelson
Utah Connections Academy, Salt Lake City, Utah

Caitlyn Rich
Summerville Union High School, Tuolumne, California

Gabriella Sanders,
Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta, California

Katherine Seibert
Deer Valley Home School, Medina, Texas

Morgan Stanfill
Otay Ranch High School, Chula Vista, California

Tanya Stockdale
Interlake High School, Bellevue, Washington

Joshua Teso
University Preparatory Academy, San Jose, California

Pao Thao
Harding Senior High School, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Kalpana Vaidya
Stephen F Austin High School, Sugar Land, Texas

Tiffany Wang
John H. Guyer High School, Denton, Texas

Micaela Wu
Arcadia High School, Temple City, California

Tesoro also is committed to exposing young people to careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. On May 14, 2016 the Tesoro Los Angeles Refinery in Carson, California was joined by assembly member Mike A. Gibson and City of Carson Mayor Albert Robles in supporting a Career Awareness Day for high school and college students. The Career Awareness Day was a rare opportunity for students to actively interact with young professionals at Tesoro to learn about their academic and career path.

About the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation (NSHSS Foundation):
The NSHSS Foundation was founded in 2004 by Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. The NSHSS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity dedicated to supporting education in the form of scholarships for under-represented students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), business, economics, public policy, and environmental science and sustainability fields. Through special programs, the NSHSS Foundation connects young scholars with additional opportunities to advance their education, personal growth and career interests. The Foundation recognizes the need to produce more graduates in these fields in order to meet the demands of an ever-changing global economy and society to create a better future for all. For more information visit http://www.nshssfoundation.org.

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