2016 BeachCats Alumni Scholarship Recipients

ryan-dennisonRyan Dennison, Valhalla High School

2016-2017 Beach Cats Mike Caglj Memorial Legacy Scholarship Recipient

Ryan graduated from Valhalla High School where he was active in campus student government for three years, played and coached volleyball, was on the water polo team, played in the Valhalla Jazz Band and also played guitar for church programs, founded and led Valhalla’s Young Republicans Club for four years – and earned a 4.1 GPA taking lots of Advanced Placement and Honors classes!

His work and community service included working as a State Senator’s intern, church retreat counselor, doing peer tutoring, teaching guitar, and acting in Scripps Health commercials. Ryan is a third generation Wildcat, following in the footsteps of his grandparents and his mother, and like them, an ardent Cats fan.

Ryan has been accepted into the ELITE pre-business program for freshmen at Eller College of Management and is excited to be one of the 100 students in this professional development opportunity. He plans to minor in political science because politics is a big part of his life and anticipates joining ASUA student government. After college he hopes to focus on government relations, combining his political and business interests working for an industry that works in coordination with city, state and federal agencies. His ultimate passion is to be a public servant as a member of the Arizona Legislature, U.S. Congress – and maybe even someday as the President of the United States – all as a proud Arizona alum.

 

kevin-miller 2016-17Kevin Miller, Mission Vista High School

2016-2017 Beach Cats Alumni Scholarship Recipient

Kevin is a graduate of Oceanside’s Mission Vista High School, owns a small business, works as a busser/server, and has devoted over 250 hours as a volunteer at Tri-City Hospital. Taking AP and Honors courses, he earned a 3.91/4.34 GPA, was a member of Key Club and Health Occupation Students of America, served as President of the National Honor Society chapter and organized several community service projects, led campus tours, and won 1st and 2nd place PTA Reflections photography awards. As a junior high student, he found he enjoyed leading, helping out, having discussions and public speaking – a change that led to his interest in politics.

Kevin took an Ambassadors tour of the UA campus last spring, attended the Honors meeting and came away with the feeling that Arizona, with its location, its highly-ranked programs and positive student atmosphere, was the perfect fit for him. He originally thought of applying to UA’s Pharmacy school, but discovered he had a passion to become a doctor and plans to major in physiology as an undergraduate.

In his BeachCats Scholarship application, Kevin wrote, “I plan on participating in UA student government. Long term, I hope to become involved in politics and eventually hold a government position. Overall, my main goal is to accumulate as much knowledge as I can, form life-long friendships, learn effective communication and how to be self-sufficient.”