Freshman Brandon Tran was awarded the Carson Scholar Award, the first received by an SGHS student, for excelling in academics while also being active in the community. This award gives recipients $1,000 scholarships to go toward their college education.
“I feel honored to be given the Carson Scholar [Award] because it was only given to very high achieving students,” Tran said. “Only 165 students [out of 8,000 scholars] were selected throughout the entire West Coast, 58 of whom were returning scholars. The fact that I received the scholarship before even submitting the official application amazes me.”
Tran found out about this scholarship through the Career Center and filled out an interest form. Before the official application opened, he was notified that he had received the scholarship.
“I check [the Career Center] often for opportunities like this,” Tran said. “[The interest form] wasn’t very comprehensive, so I was surprised they made a decision based on [my answers to the form].”
Tran has been an active member of Key Club as a cabinet member and the Environmental Club, and always keeping an eye for volunteering opportunities to occupy his schedule.
“Anything that doesn’t feel productive leaves me somewhat guilty, so I do my best to make the most out of my day,” Tran said. “It can still be fun since it also involves volunteering and attending events, which I enjoy.”
Tran hopes that he will major in computer science and attend California Institute of Technology or University of Los Angeles, California to become a computer engineer.