Past Scholarship Recipients

erika-friedemannErika Friedemann, Westview High School

2015-2016 BeachCats Alumni Scholarship Recipient

Erika has for a long time wanted to become a teacher, preferably teaching math in high school. She attended Westview High School, attaining Honor Roll status all four years. Her high GPA put her in the prestigious National Honors Society for three years. Erika played field hockey all four years of high school and lacrosse the first three years. She served as team captain in both sports her sophomore year, learning teamwork and providing leadership to her teammates.

In a club called Link Crew, Erika helped freshmen through high school orientation and facilitated other events during the year. In addition to that social community service, she has worked as an Extended School Services High School Aide in an elementary school, learning what teachers do and interacting with children. Erika has been very active in her church’s youth group, even including planning mission trips to a Mexico orphanage. After just one visit to campus, Erika applied only to U of A, and is very excited to be one of the elite group accepted by the Honors College.


brenden-mcdonnellBrenden McDonnell, Westview High School

2015-2016 BeachCats Alumni Scholarship Recipient

Brenden attended Westview High School and is very interested in business, aspiring someday to work in the business side of a professional sports team. He will enter UA as a pre-business Marketing major and hopes to graduate from the Eller School of Management.

In a Small Business Management class his senior year, the students created an actual company, sold stock, produced a product, recruited customers and eventually liquidated the company at a substantial gain. Brenden served as President and CEO, being selected by a panel of local business professionals.

He was active in school affairs, also playing on the volleyball team at all levels and was voted Most Improved his senior year. He was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Through his church youth group, he has made several productive visits to a very poor orphanage in Mexicali. Brenden has also served as a counselor and recreation leader at his church’s summer camps. He started his own business in 2012 delivering flyers for realtors, often hiring friends as the workload rose and fell.


Jen-1-1Katherine Gisel, Rancho Buena Vista High School

2014-2015 Beach Cats Alumni Scholarship Recipient

“I strongly believe that as a student at the U of A, I am going to be able to fulfill my dreams and truly express my inner self. I love all of the leadership roles that the U of A has to offer and am very interested in joining several clubs, groups, and taking on leadership roles amongst them . . . I felt a sense of warmness and support from everyone I met and am so excited and honored to be a part of the U of A family. I am going to be the happiest Wildcat on campus.”

Katherine Gisel graduated with a 3.7 non-weighted GPA, 4.3 weighted. In addition to excelling in her honors and advanced placement classes, Katherine was captain of the varsity dance team for two of the four years she participated, placed second in her category in the San Diego County Science Fair, and was active in many clubs. She also served as Senior Class President, Junior Class Secretary and Treasurer, and was privileged to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp.

Recently, she was on a core committee of students who raised over $75,000 for Make-A-Wish as part of Vista’s “Big Give.” Katherine has volunteered for many community causes, and has worked as a full-time summer nanny as well as camp counselor and doing office work.

Katherine received the University of Arizona Excellence Award, plans to study business, and hopes to find a career in environmental studies including water conservation, renewable energy and overall sustainability.


hannah blockHannah Block, San Marcos High School

2014-2015 Mike Caglij Memorial Legacy Scholarship Recipient

“The U of A offers an excellent education at a nationally recognized university, in an environment enabling me to experience all that a major university offers. On our campus visit, I immediately sensed U of A was the right ‘fit’ for me. I felt at home on the campus and was excited by the course offerings and student life . . . I am excited and looking forward to pursuing a quality degree, while at the same time enjoying living on campus, Zona Zoo and Greek life.”

Hannah Block earned a 3.4 GPA while accomplishing many things. She was school historian and athletics commissioner, and as a senior was elected ASB Vice President and Prep Commissioner. She was a three year Varsity Field Hockey player and two-time Captain, and also played a year of Lacrosse. She was named to the
U-T San Diego All-Academic Team in 2012-13 and 2013-14, and received the University of Arizona Excellence Award.

Hannah’s volunteer service is exemplary and inspiring. She was the youngest Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary volunteer and is the only Junior Member of the North County Auxiliary, where she has coordinated and participated in many events. She is proudest, though, of personally encouraging Latino students at her school to voice their opinions about student government and become involved.

Hannah will study Communications at U of A, in preparation for a career in sports, public relations or government.

Jen-1-1Jennifer Brousse, Scripps Ranch High School

2013-2014 Mike Caglj Memorial Legacy Scholarship Recipient

“…the thought of college seemed distant and intangible, but now that I am a senior in high school, there is nothing I want more than to be an Arizona Wildcat…No other University offers such a well-rounded education with such a strong sense of community and spirit.  I will strive to earn a great education, and learn from my driven peers and inspirational professors that make up the Arizona family.”

Jennifer Brousse holds a 4.0 GPA from Scripps Ranch High School.   She will follow the legacy of her parents who earned their bachelor degrees at the UA, and also her brother who is currently enrolled at the UA.  Jennifer is a recipient of the Arizona Excellence Award from the University of Arizona, a testament to her dedication to her academic success.

In addition to her strong GPA, Jennifer  is very involved with school and community sponsored service activities such as, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, MS Society, and the Chelsea King 5K.  Additionally, she worked as a lifeguard, and swim instructor at Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club, and found time to dance at the Scripps Dance Center for over thirteen years.  Jennifer is currently a pre-business major with a goal of earning a Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from the Eller College of Management.


Matt_SaintarborMatthew Saintarbor, Westview High School

2013 – 2014 BeachCats Alumni Scholarship Recipient

“I would like to attend The University of Arizona because I believe it would be an investment in my future, but I also feel I can add specific attributes to the UA that will make my experience and time there worth the investment…  I feel the University of Arizona will be a great fit for me in every aspect, I am very excited to become a Wildcat.”

Matthew Saintarbor has earned a 3.4 GPA from Westview High School.  Matthew is a recipient of the Arizona Excellence Award from the University of Arizona, further evidence to his dedication to his academic success. In addition, he is a recipient of the UT San Diego Achievement Athlete Certificate, which honors juniors and seniors who participated in a CIF-approved varsity sport and maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

While maintaining excellence within the classroom and on the field, Matthew found time to give back to his community.  During his senior year, he was part of the Best Buddies Buddy program at Westview, partnering with students with severe disabilities for “Friendship Dances” & activities throughout his community.  He has also volunteered his time with the MS Society and the Ronald McDonald House.  Matthew enters the UA as a pre-business major with the goal of earning a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS), from the Eller College of Management.


MAXWELL_WEISHAN.JPGMaxwell L. Weishan, Serra High School

2012 – 2013 BeachCats Alumni Scholarship Recipient

“The University of Arizona has offered me a once in a lifetime opportunity as the Men’s Tennis Manager for this top ranked Division I team.  This opportunity, coupled with strong academic programs will open the door to many opportunities later for me in life.  I am excited to begin my journey as a Wildcat and earn a degree in the area of Psychology and Sports Management.”

Maxwell holds a 4.5 Grade Point Average from Junipero Serra High School. In addition to achieving superior grades within his academic programs, he is additionally recognized and awarded as a Varsity Tennis team player and captain for his school. 

Maxwell’s community awards include the Union Tribune All-Academic Team; KUSI CIF Student Athlete of the Week; and the President’s Award for Educational Excellence.  Leadership and service to others has also been a strong aspect of Maxwell’s high school years.  He has volunteered over 500 hours as a manager of Serra High School Girls’ Varsity Tennis Team and has also participated as an active member in Key Club International.  Maxwell is a true academic and athletic standout who will merit great achievement at the University of Arizona.

Tyler-SnyderTyler Ford Snyder, Westview High School

2012 – 2013 Mike Caglj Memorial Legacy Scholarship Recipient

“When the time came to apply to colleges there was no hesitation.  The first school I applied to was The University of Arizona because I wanted to make sure that I was guaranteed a spot at such a fine institution…an institution that has been a significant part of my life and of my family.

Tyler Ford Snyder will follow the footsteps of his father, aunt, and uncle who earned their bachelor degrees at The University.  As a Westview High School graduate, Tyler earned an impressive 3.8 Grade Point Average.  His athletic excellence is known throughout the school’s football and basketball programs. 

While maintaining excellence within the classroom, Tyler has also been recognized as being The Most Inspirational Athlete by his teammates.  He additionally received recognition from the Palomar Football League as an Honored All-League Linebacker.  Tyler will enter the U of A as an undeclared major.  He states that he is “open minded and eager to learn and grow as a student.”  Tyler feels that working with children is a great strength and one that may lead him to a degree in Education.  

KyleKyle L. Incrocci, Serra High School

2012 – 2013 Cass Colbourne Memorial Legacy Scholarship Recipient

“Attending the University of Arizona is a dream come true.  I have been selected to be one of the “student managers” for the Arizona football team.   I am excited about that opportunity and look forward to attending a high quality school not to mention enjoying the great weather and college town atmosphere.” 

 Kyle L. Incrocci is a 4.0 graduate of Junipero Serra High School.  He will follow the legacy of six family members who have graduated the University.  Service Leadership has showcased Kyle’s high school career as he has demonstrated excellence within the classroom.  He has invested over 500 hours to the Serra High School Football Program as an Assistant Coach and has received a Presidential Service Award, Serra Scholar Award and Union Tribune All Academic Team Award for his excellence, dedication and superior integrity. 

Kyle is an awarded San Diego Police Cadet Graduate.  His numerous hours of volunteer work have established his desire to major in Criminal Justice.  After graduation from the University, Kyle will return home to become a recognized San Diego Police Officer.