by Sandy Karp
Karla Ramirez, a recent De Anza High graduate, has been awarded a prestigious $5,000 college scholarship from Junior Achievement of Northern California, which she will use while attending UC Davis this fall.
Ramirez earned the Glenlyon Scholarship for excelling in the Junior Achievement (JA) program, a national program that aims to prepare young people for financial and career success through financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs.
Ramirez has participated in JA classes throughout elementary school and then gave back by teaching Junior Achievement at a local elementary school via the JA High School Heroes program. This spring, she was slated to participate in JA’s Reverse Job Shadow with the City of Richmond.
At UC Davis, she plans to pursue a degree in women’s studies.
The JA program has a big impact on Richmond. Every year, the program brings a Chevron-sponsored Social Innovation Camp to the city. Dozens of students from engineering and robotics programs at local high schools are challenged to invent, conceptually develop and present innovative, viable solutions to various community challenges.