Allison Hale, a senior at Liberty Charter High School, is the 2016 recipient of Helix Water District’s Robert D. Friedgen Scholarship, and Parker Van Every, a senior at Steele Canyon High School, is this year’s recipient of Helix’s Dr. Lillian M. Childs Scholarship. The two students were honored at district board meetings in April.
Helix awards the two $1,000 scholarships each year to graduating, college-bound high school seniors who live in the communities we serve and share the district’s commitment to service, integrity and continuous improvement. The scholarship funds were established by Robert Friedgen, Helix’s general manager from 1980 to 1998, and Dr. Lillian Childs, who was a member of Helix’s Board of Directors from 1979 to 1999.
Ms. Hale plans to major in biochemistry at Point Loma Nazarene University next fall. She is an honor roll student and a recipient of Charter High School’s Responsible Community Leader and Literate Citizen awards. She is also a member of the San Diego Union Tribune’s All-Academic Team for volleyball in 2014. Her extensive community service includes feeding the homeless, tutoring a disabled student and volunteer work for the County of San Diego, Nurse Family Partnership, San Diego Food Bank and the Rapture Horse Rescue Foundation.
Mr. Van Every plans to major in mechanical engineering. He has a perfect attendance record for all four years at Steele Canyon High School, is an honor roll student and a member of the San Diego Union Tribune’s All-Academic Team for swimming in 2014-15 and for water polo in 2015-16. Mr. Van Every has already chalked up work experience in contracting and website management and his community service includes assisting a senior housing non-profit with both the facility and residents and volunteer work for St. Theresa Academy and Parish and the YMCA.