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Cal Water showers trio of students with scholarships

Cal Water showers trio of students with scholarships

CVC, El D, Redwood grads are among 21 in three states to receive California Water Service Group scholarships

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VISALIA – Three Visalia students were among 21 in three states to receive scholarships from California Water Service.

On Aug. 20, California Water Service Group, the parent company of local water utility California Water Service, announced that Visalia students Parker Boswell, Dylan Diltz, and Julia Greidanus, were each awarded scholarships as part of the private investment utility’s sixth-annual college scholarship program.

“It is a privilege to see inspiring young adults, like Parker, Dylan, and Julia, in our service area succeed with the immense support of their family, friends, and community,” said Tammy Kelly, Local Manager of California Water Service’s Visalia District. “We are pleased to honor and support these dedicated and driven students through our annual scholarship program as they pursue higher education.”

In total, 21 college students from Group’s California, Hawaii, and Washington service areas received $60,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year. The winners were selected based on outstanding academic achievement, community service, and financial need.

Boswell, a freshman studying business economics at University of California, Los Angeles, was born and raised in Visalia, and recently graduated from El Diamante High School. While maintaining an exemplary academic record through high school, he served as the ASB president and class president, a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) officer, and a California Scholarship Federation member.

He was appointed as a student representative to the Visalia Unified School District school board. He also played quarterback on his high school football team and was a three-year varsity baseball player. Over his athletic career, he was recognized as the Offensive Player of the Year, All League Quarterback, and Athlete of the Year for El Diamante High School. In April, Parker was named the 2019 CIF Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the state of California.

Diltz, a sophomore studying computer engineering at California State University, Fresno is also a Visalia native and attended Redwood High School, where he graduated with above a 4.0 GPA in 2018. During his high school career, he was the trumpet section leader in his high school’s jazz, marching, and wind ensembles. He also actively served his community as part of the leadership team of Future Business Leaders of America, participated in the Redwood chapter of KEY Club, and was a member of Wish Upon a Star, a California-based organization that provides resources and donations to children afflicted with high-risk and life-threatening illnesses.

Greidanus, a freshman pursuing a degree in kinesiology with a minor in Spanish at California State University, Long Beach graduated from Central Valley Christian High School in June. She was a varsity member of both the swim and cheer teams, played a lead in three school musicals, and participated in honors choir for two years. Greidanus also completed more than 500 community service hours with local organizations in Visalia and volunteered abroad in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.

Scholarships are funded by California Water Service Group’s philanthropic giving program, not ratepayers. To date, the company has awarded $360,000 in scholarships to students through the program.

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