by Photo courtesy of the Kyoto Prize Symposium

The San Diego-based Kyoto Prize Symposium Scholarship was awarded to students in the San Diego and Tijuana regions, including one representing Chula Vista High School. 

Since 2002, the Inamori Foundation presented the awards and officials have accompanied the latest Kyoto Prize Laureates to San Diego for a three-day symposium of lectures, presentations, and celebrations. The scholarships were awarded the scholarship awards to three students from San Diego County and three from Tijuana. 

The Kyoto Prize Symposium Scholarship winners in San Diego County are Sheyla Rodriguez, Chula Vista High School; Raj Pabari, Classical Academy High School; and Emerson Utgaard, Patrick Henry High School. In Baja California, Mexico, recipients are Raúl Carmona, CETYS; Camila Sánchez, Instituto México de Baja California; and Diego Velázquez, Preparatoria Federal Lázaro Cárdenas.

The Kyoto Prize Scholarships, administered through The San Diego Foundation and Fundación Internacional de la Comunidad, are given to students who have been inspired to pursue a college education in one of the three annual Kyoto Prize categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, or Arts and Philosophy. 

Students received scholarships valued at up to $10,000 in the United States and 100,000 pesos in Mexico. Proceeds from the Symposium’s annual Gala funded the Kyoto Prize Scholarships and related educational opportunities.

In applying for the scholarship, students were asked to learn about one of the three 2021 Kyoto Prize Laureates, and write a short essay describing how the Laureate’s work inspires their own life, study, or career plans. The essays, academic merits, and community service of 170 student applicants were considered before naming the 2022-2023 Kyoto Prize Symposium Scholarships winners.

The Kyoto Symposium Organization is a San Diego-based nonprofit established to support the Kyoto Prize Symposium and Kyoto Scholarship programs with the Inamori Foundation and co-hosts UC San Diego and Point Loma Nazarene University.

Since 2004, the symposium has generated more than $4.3 million for scholarships, fellowships, and other educational opportunities in the San Diego/Baja region.

To learn more about this scholarship, visit . 

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