WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In 1999, Joyce Raley Teel established the Joyce Raley Teel Scholarship program to assist Raley’s colleagues and their eligible family members in their educational pursuits. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the program, awarding highly motivated and goal-oriented students. Each scholarship winner demonstrates academic success, serves their community and is a leader among their peers. To date, the Joyce Raley Teel Scholarship program has awarded over $238,000 in scholarship funds to deserving students.
Congratulations to the $1,000 scholarship winners:
Brittni Bergstrom of Berry Creek attends Brigham Young University in Utah, where she is taking a variety of courses to become a sign language interpreter, fulfilling her passion to help others. Brittni’s father, Kirk, is the Head Meat Cutter at Food Source in Rio Linda.
Samantha Crowley of Rocklin has aspirations of becoming a Nurse, so that she can serve others in her community. Samantha is taking courses at American River College, with plans to transfer to Sacramento State University. Samantha works at the Bel Air Market in Rocklin.
Albert Enemuoh of Elk Grove is taking courses in Micro Biology at Sierra College and later this year, he will attend the California Northstate College of Pharmacy. He’s continuing to pursue his career goal of becoming a pharmacist. Albert works at the Bel Air Market on Elk Grove Blvd.
Christine Goularte of Rocklin hopes to make a difference in this world as a teacher – a history teacher. She attends Chico State University and has plans to study abroad in Europe. Christine’s father, Richard, is a Category Manager for Food Source.
Congratulations to the $2,000 scholarship winners:
Christa Briseño of West Sacramento is in her second semester in the Nursing program at Yuba College. She volunteers in the Medical/Surgery Unit at the Woodland Hospital. Christa works part-time in the Customer Service Office at the Bel Air Market on West El Camino.
Astro Leon-Jhong of Pittsburg studies Animation at San Jose State University, with hopes of becoming a graphic artist. His creative outlook on life contributes to his ultimate goal: to use his artistic talents to make others happy. Astro works at the Raley’s in Pittsburg.
Megan Wong of Sacramento studies Psychology and Education at UC Davis. With her kind and supportive demeanor, Megan aims to be a teacher and inspire disadvantaged youth. Megan’s father, Benton, works at the Food Source on Mack Road in Sacramento.
And congratulations to the top three winners for 2008:
Jennifer Tamo of Oakdale received a $3,000 award. She studies International Studies and Political Science at Stanislaus State University. Jennifer hopes to travel and study abroad in Argentina, taking her passion for cultures and learning to a new atmosphere. She’s especially interested in helping underserved communities improve their overall quality of life and she hopes to complete a graduate degree in International Development Studies. Jennifer’s father, Dennis, is the Store Director at the newest Raley’s store in Oakdale.
Brett Mastella of Cameron Park received a $4,000 award. He first realized he wanted to pursue a career in the field of medicine when he was going through rehabilitation for a sports-related injury. With goals of becoming a doctor, Brett hopes to help others overcome their own obstacles and to support them in their time of need. Brett is finishing up courses to earn his degree in Kinesiology from Sacramento State University. Brett is a meat clerk at the Bel Air Market in Cameron Park.
This year’s Grand Prize Winner is Christy Woldridge of Sacramento, receiving a $5,000 scholarship. Christy balances her daily duties as a mother, a Raley’s Financial Services department colleague and a student with grace and composure. She’s raised a loving family, is working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is focused on earning her Master’s degree. She also has plans to take the Certified Public Accountant’s exam. By taking classes at DeVry University, Christy hopes to improve upon her professional abilities and skills and to set a good example for her children so they understand the importance of having a good education. In addition to working hard in school, Christy’s also taught her children about the importance of giving to others. Her children often give their spare change to the Food For Families collection box at their local Raley’s store, a reflection of her giving spirit.
Congratulations to all of this year's scholarship winners! And a special thank you to the judges who served on this year's panel:
- Dr. Viva Ettin, doctor and attorney
- Diane Grenz. community volunteer, National Kidney Association
- Rose Lester, Lester Consulting Group
- Michael Nelson, TLC Tech
- Michael O’Brien, Editor, Sacramento Magazine
- Dick Rader, attorney
- Charles Roberts, former board member, Crocker Art Museum Association
- Donna Sanderson, Executive Director, Susan G. Komen Foundation