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June 12, 2007 > Cargill Gives $4,000 to Newark Students

Cargill Gives $4,000 to Newark Students

Submitted By Jill Singleton

Cargill Salt awarded a total of $4,000 in college scholarships to five Newark Memorial High School graduating seniors.Top prize of $2000 went to Kristin Dang, who will study Biochemistry and pre-Pharmacy at UC Davis in the fall. Four awards of $500 went to: Collin Breen (Mechanical Engineering/Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo); Rebecca Hoffknecht (Education/Sonoma State); Sunshine Falck (Environmental Science and Public Relations/Drexel University); and Marina Khan (International Relations/UC Davis.)

Cargill has donated more than $20,000 since it established the Claire Lopez Memorial scholarship program in 1999 to honor the legendary Leslie Salt/Cargill Salt engineer and former Fremont school board member. This year, the value of the scholarships doubled in recognition of the increasing costs of education.

"Claire Lopez would have greatly enjoyed meeting these young scholars," said Lori Johnson, corporate communications manager for Cargill. "Like them, he was a hard-working, self-starter with a thirst for knowledge and a great compassion for others."

Criteria for winning the scholarships reflect the personal attributes of Lopez, a self-taught man who rose to the rank of Chief Engineer while modernizing and expanding the salt industry in the San Francisco Bay area and internationally. Lopez (1899-1994), was not only a lifelong learner, but a forward thinker, an inventor, and a beloved mentor within the industry and the Tri-Cities area.

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