Local Student Earns Local Scholarship

Carol Ng

Carol Ng, a senior at the Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), has been named the 33rd annual winner of the $5,000 Ken and Shirley Van Sickle Scholarship. Ng is a top student at ASTI. She has earned her high-school diploma as well as two associate of arts degrees from the College of Alameda. 

She is the senior editor of the ASTI yearbook, a member of the tennis team, a volunteer at the WildCare Wildlife Rehab Center and is active in other school and community activities. Ng plans to attend UC Berkeley and study molecular environmental biology at the College of Natural Resources. She plans to become a veterinarian.

The scholarship honors Ken and Shirley Van Sickle, two distinguished educators who devoted more than 50 years to the education of students in Alameda. Applicants to the scholarship are judged on a combination of academic achievement, leadership and financial need. In addition to Ng, three other students were selected as scholarship finalists — Sam Der of Encinal High School and Isobel Moore and Amaya Rehling of Alameda Community Learning Center.

Keith Van Sickle, president of the scholarship foundation said, “We are very pleased to be able to support Carol as she pursues her dream of a college education. We congratulate all of the scholarship finalists, who were truly outstanding and demonstrated both academic talent and leadership in their schools and community.”

The award is named after two teachers who dedicated many years to public education in Alameda. Between their work and this scholarship, the Van Sickle family has been supporting public education in Alameda since 1960.