The Irvine Company Announces Student Leadership Award Finalists

Four high school seniors who live on The Irvine Ranch have been awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds in The Irvine Company’s annual Investing in Education Student Leadership Awards Program. The Irvine Company is honoring 32 high school seniors with Student Leadership Awards and last night announced the four finalists for the 2007 awards program.

The company’s annual Student Leadership Awards program provides a total of $120,000 in scholarship funds to high school students on The Irvine Ranch who best demonstrate the qualities necessary to become future community leaders.

This year’s four finalists are: Patrick Baker, Foothill High School; Emma Bindloss, Northwood High School; Daniel Herrador, Villa Park High School; and Sam Trusley, Laguna Beach High School.

These four finalists were selected from the 32 students nominated by their participating high school for this year’s Student Leadership program. To be eligible for the awards, the students were required to have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and be a college-bound senior from one of the 16 participating high schools in the Irvine, Laguna Beach, Newport-Mesa, Tustin and Orange school districts. By being selected to participate in the awards program, each of the 32 Student Leaders received $2,500 in scholarship funds from The Irvine Company. These funds can be used for tuition, books, fees or other expenses associated with college.

Through a competitive program composed of a leadership exercise and an oral interview, eight semifinalists were selected from among the 32 students by a panel of community leaders. These eight students each received an additional $2,500 in scholarship funds, bringing their total award to $5,000. After another round of interviews, the four finalists were selected and will each receive an additional $5,000 in scholarship funds, bringing their total award to $10,000. All 32 Student Leadership Award winners were honored at the annual awards ceremony at The Island Hotel.

“The Student Leadership Awards program is an effort to identify and encourage future leaders who will make a real difference in their communities,” said Robin Leftwich, vice president of Community Affairs for The Irvine Company. “The commitment and dedication exhibited by each of these finalists is admirable and inspiring. We were impressed with their self-confidence, charisma and perseverance, and their ability to shine throughout our rigorous process.”

“The Irvine Company is very committed to supporting local education because we recognize that our schools — and their important educational programs — are a vital component of life on The Irvine Ranch,” continued Leftwich.

The Irvine Company has sponsored the Student Leadership Awards program for 21 years; since its inception, the program has provided scholarship funds to more than 650 students. The Irvine Company grants these scholarship awards based on a number of leadership criteria, including: community service, extracurricular activities, academic achievement and other accomplishments or qualities that demonstrate a student’s potential to be an outstanding future leader.

Investing in Education 2007 represents a series of grants and awards for education and enrichment programs for local public schools. The Irvine Company and The Bren Foundation have made a multi-million dollar commitment to support the outstanding public schools on The Irvine Ranch—schools that consistently rank among the finest in the state.

2007 Student Leadership Award Finalists

Patrick Baker
Foothill High School

Patrick is an International Baccalaureate candidate and was awarded Young Man of the Month and AP Scholar with Honors his senior year. He is the WASC Committee chairman, member of the California Scholarship Federation, and has played soccer every year. He is an Eagle Scout, completing more than 127 hours of community service, and organizes the Freshman Tutoring Program. In his junior year, Patrick was on the JV tennis team and a member of the marching, jazz and concert band, and was JV captain of the soccer team.

Emma Bindloss
Northwood High School

Emma is a board member of California Scholarship Federation, founding member and event leader for Science Olympiad, and vice president of The Write Club. She is on the varsity cross county team, receiving the Scholar Athlete award, received the Charter Oak Award for humanities and studio ceramics, and was a National Merit semifinalist. Emma is a volunteer mentor for OC On Track and received the “Green-badge” holder as a student leader at Saddleback Church. She has also received the National Youth Leadership Award and Violet Richardson Award from Soroptimist International.

Daniel Herrador
Villa Park High School

Daniel is the front page editor for the school newspaper, co-captain for his Mock Trail team, and National Honor Society Publicity Officer. He is a participant of Science Olympiad and a member of the Interact Club and California Scholarship Federation. He has held several leadership positions with American Red Cross Youth Services, and received the Rising Star Award from the Orange County chapter. He has been on the Honor Roll each semester and received the AP Scholar with Distinction Award.

Sam Trusley
Laguna Beach High School

Sam is National Honor Society Retirement Committee chairman, a member of the Spanish Club, and a 2006 participant in California Golden Boys State. He played ‘Gaston’ in Beauty & The Beast, composed an original score for Romeo and Juliet, and is a member of the Jazz ensemble, orchestra and jazz combo. He is a mentor and tutor for underprivileged children, and was awarded the Centennial Baby Scholarship from the Orange County Community Foundation.