Campus: San Josť State University -- September 7, 2000


Five Students Named President's Scholars By San Josť State University President

Five local students have been named President's Scholars by Robert L. Caret, president of San Josť State University. These students entered SJSU's fall semester as freshmen: Kirandeep Kaur of Fremont, Heather Miramontes of Delano, Ngan (Natalie) Nguyen of San Josť (95148), William Joseph Nicolosi III of San Josť (95125), and Andrea Scott of Modesto.

The merit-based scholarship program, which covers tuition, a book allowance, and campus housing and board for up to four years, was established by Caret in 1997 to attract National Merit Scholars and high school valedictorians from across the state to SJSU. Each President's Scholar is funded by a private endowment.

Kirandeep Kaur of Fremont, a graduate of Kennedy High School, has received the AP Scholar Award, and high honors on seven Golden State Exams in history, languages and sciences, with honors in biology. Kaur was president of the Creative Writing Club, secretary of the AP club, and a member of the Crossing the Bridge Club and the California Scholastic Federation. Besides scholastic achievements, Kaur worked at an e-commerce company, volunteered at a senior citizen center and also tutored students. She was part of her school's Senior Mentor program, which pairs high school seniors with freshmen to help them adjust to high school.

Heather Miramontes of Delano, a graduate of Delano High School, was a scholar finalist in the National Hispanic Recognition Program, and received the Honor Roll gold medal in her senior year. Miramontes was a member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation. She also volunteered at an elementary school, and was the head coach of a youth foundation girl's basketball team.

Ngan (Natalie) Nguyen of San Josť, a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School, is a 100 percent lifetime member of the California Scholarship Federation. In her senior year, she was vice president of the National Honor Society. Nguyen was the community representative for the Environmental Club, and she served in the Mt. Pleasant Helping Hands Interact Club. She also volunteered at a senior citizen center, the Second Harvest food bank, and the American Red Cross.

William Joseph Nicolosi III of San Josť, a graduate of Lincoln High School, is majoring in engineering. In 1996, Nicholosi earned Eagle Scout status with three palms from the Bay Scouts of America. Nicolosi was a member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship federation. He earned the Student of the Month Award three times and the Principal's 4.0 Award six times. Nicolosi received several honors for his work as a theater technician. He also volunteered for a variety of community service projects.

Andrea Scott of Modesto, a graduate of Thomas Downey High School, earned a lifetime membership in the California Scholarship Federation, and she is also a National Merit Commended Scholar. Scott ranked fourth in her graduating class with a weighted GPA of 4.34. Besides scholastic achievements, Scott has received many national awards for her photography. She won first place in electronic publishing for her high school's yearbook design from the Gutenberg Company, and third place in feature photography from the National Scholarship Press Association's Picture of the Year Contest.

As President's scholars, these students will work directly with an SJSU faculty or staff member and will be encouraged to assume leadership roles in campus student organizations. They will also serve as ambassadors for the university at their former high schools and communities.


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