IUSD Students Receive Five of the Six Beckman Legacy Awards

2022 Beckman Legacy Winners

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation recently announced that five of the six 2022 High School Legacy Program Awardees were IUSD students.  This year’s award is comprised of $72,000 in scholarships.

The students were recognized for their excellent lab work after building a spectrophotometer and conducting an independent research project under the mentorship of their science teachers. This competitive application process included a two-part, double-blind review by a panel of high school science teachers, college professors and industry experts.

This year’s awardees are: 

First Place, $16,000 scholarship each:

  • Lara Karas, Woodbridge High School
  • Shaurya Raswan, Northwood High School

Second Place, $12,000 scholarship each:

  • Charlene Hui, Woodbridge High School
  • Gabriel Samcam-Vargas, Tustin High School

Third Place, $8,000 scholarship each:

  • Ethan Lai, University High School
  • Pranav Mehta, Northwood High School

“It is exciting to see the creativity, innovation, and enthusiasm demonstrated by these young scientists while completing the instrumentation build and their research projects during the hybrid online and in-person program year. We are grateful for the teachers who mentored all the program participants and encouraged their interest to pursue science,” shared Dr. Anne Hultgren, Executive Director of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

High schools from the Anaheim Union, Capistrano, Fullerton Joint Union, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach Union, Irvine, Saddleback Valley, Santa Ana, and Tustin Unified school districts were invited by the Foundation to participate in the program’s fourth year.