Seniors Jessica Wang and Andrea Aranda Sanchez, were awarded 2017 Education Foundation scholarships during the annual Scholarship Night at the Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 17.

Foundation executive director Perry Hibner presented Wang with a $500 scholarship renewable for up to four years. Previous winners of the scholarship are Rebecca Turk (2016) and Dana Angeli Rodriguez (2015).

Sanchez was awarded a Futures Scholar scholarship for $1,250 from the Foundation. Board member Purna Byraiah presented Sanchez with the award. It is the first year the Foundation has offered this scholarship.

Wang is a member of National Honor Society and earned Advanced Placement Scholar with honors recognition last year. She is also a Bevel Grant recipient and a National Merit commended scholar. She participated in girls tennis, the math team, the MHS band and the HOSA club. She has also volunteered nearly 500 hours with Amigos de las Americas and at St. Mary’s Hospital and has interned with the Wisconsin Institute of Medical Research.

Sanchez was an active member of Key Club and the girls track and field team during her four years at MHS. She also has been recognized for maintaining at least a 3.8 GPA. She will attend UW-Madison in the fall and pursue a degree in business administration.

“We were thrilled to see Jessica and Andrea honored,” Hibner said. “Both are very deserving and we can’t wait to see what the future brings for each of them.”

A committee of MHS staff members selected Wang and Sanchez based on criteria provided by the Foundation’s board of directors.

Foundation board members Zach Galin and Ellen Lindgren also sponsored scholarships. Linnea Dahmen received the Galin Education Foundation Scholarship, while Karla Muchacho Moreno received the Helping Hand Scholarship from Lindgren.

The Education Foundation was formed in 2011 to provide inspiring experiences for District students and staff. The Foundation has raised nearly $250,000 for its endowment fund through Madison Community Foundation and provided another $85,000 in grants and other donations to the District.

The Foundation has awarded more than inspiration grants to staff totaling more than $72,000 since 2013. Every school in the District has received at least two grants.