The Monte Vista Water District Board of Directors awarded Maria Farias and Ixchel Hernandez of Montclair High School the “2019 Bruce J. Lance, Jr. Water Scholarship” at Wednesday’s board meeting. Each year the board awards two $1,000 scholarships in Lance’s honor for his 44 years of extraordinary service to the district and the community as the agency’s general counsel.
Fourteen students submitted application packets, which included a written essay describing how their “perspective on water has changed during the recent statewide drought.”
“Maria and Ixchel conveyed the importance of having clean, safe and reliable water, which is something we often take for granted when we reach for the faucet or take a shower,” said Board President Sandra Rose. “Their essays reflected on personal experiences and shared what conservation really means for their families and their community.”
With the assistance of Montclair High School Counselor Alice Cornejo, the board’s public information committee, comprised of Director Tony Lopez and Director/Auditor Manny Martinez, judged the essays and made the final selection. The scholarships will assist Ms. Farias in her Environmental Science studies at UC Santa Cruz and Ms. Hernandez who plans to attend UC Santa Barbara.
The Bruce J. Lance, Jr. Water Scholarship was created in 2013, when the board adopted Resolution 669-13 commending Lance for his years of service as the district’s general counsel. The scholarships have been awarded annually for the past seven years to Montclair High School graduating seniors who plan to attend college.