The Alpine Woman’s Club Scholarship, Preservation and Education Foundation has awarded their 2023 Annual Scholarships to graduating Alpine high school seniors. Four recipients were awarded $2,000 each. The scholarship program has currently awarded over $160,000.
The 2023 scholarship recipients are:
My name is Brooke LaFalce. I recently graduated from Granite Hills High School with honors. My goal and passion is to become an elementary school teacher. I am currently working at Boulder Oaks Elementary School as an after-school aide and this summer I will be working with kids at the YMCA as a summer camp leader. This Fall, I will attend Grossmont Community College to continue my education. I plan to receive my associate degree there and then transfer to San Diego State University where I will complete my courses for a bachelor’s degree and then pursue a teaching credential. High School was a great experience for me. I was involved in many extracurricular activities such as: soccer, softball, ASB, junior and senior class cabinet and you would always find me supporting and cheering on my classmates at sporting or school events.
My name is Rylan Larsen; I am graduating from Grossmont High School with a 4.5 GPA along with an AA degree from Grossmont College in Language Arts and Communication. This fall, I will attend UCLA and plan to double major in Literature and Communication. Throughout high school, I am proud to say that I am one of the top students in my class, juggling multiple AP and Honors classes, community college courses, cross-country, swim team, varsity water polo, and club sports. I have lived in Alpine since I was nine years old and love the greenery, open and quiet spaces, community, and serene nature. I very much appreciate the Alpine Women’s Club honoring me with a scholarship.
My name is Camden Sos. I am a 4-year scholar varsity athlete that attended Granite Hills high school from 2019-2023. Throughout my years there, my life has changed and certain situations shaped me into becoming the person I am today. As a kid, I was hardworking, smart, and extremely talented in baseball and I am still to this day. But when I was younger, all of those things came easily and naturally. As I was about to start high school, I experienced failure for what seemed like the first time in my life. I did not make the USA national team tryout. This was tough for me as I had never lost a job to someone else. Then covid happened and I was home alone with nothing else but time to work on baseball and schoolwork. I became smarter, faster, stronger, and overall better during that time which has helped me make my way to Texas Christian University (TCU). After we were able to return, high school became that much easier. I experienced a lot of amazing moments like winning a CIF San Diego and State championship and MVP, but experienced another tough patch that has since made me stronger when losing the Open Champion game. I used that as motivation to get better and now I have Major League teams interested in me out of high school.
My name is Elise Yankopoulos. I have been an Alpine resident my entire life and I just graduated from River Valley Charter in Lakeside. This Fall I will be attending The University of California, Davis, majoring in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. During Highschool I was a part of the varsity swim team and graduated with the California State Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish. In addition, I was a member of a City Hope student team, a branch of a local crisis response organization, as well as a violinist in the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra. In the future my goals are to go to medical school and later on in my career, open my own practice. I am very grateful to the Alpine Woman’s Club for helping support my journey and I look forward to the future.
Past Scholarship Recipients