The PHC is proud to announce our 2020 Scholarship Awards!
Because of our generous donors, the PHC offered a total of three (3) college scholarships this year. After applications were received, the following scholarships were awarded:
Captain John Gomes Rebelo Scholarship – $2,500
Manuel G. Balelo/Norine Marroquin Scholarship – $1,000
$2,500 Rebelo/Gomes Scholarship
$1,000 Balelo-Marroquin Scholarship
Kayla Hatashita is the daughter of PHC members Fred & Ana Hatashita, and a 2020 graduate of Pt. Loma High School. She will be attending UC Santa Cruz in the fall with a focus on biology.
Kayla has been a Portuguese-American Dancer since the age of 4. She also gives her time effortlessly to assist at the Junior Dancers’ practice and helps to keep them motivated. She also volunteers at Loma Portal Elementary during 3rd and 4th grade lunch to connect with the students. Kayla has organized and led large children group activities at the UPSES BBQ. She recently completed her year as the 2019 Trinity Festa Queen.
Kayla is very involved in the arts community as an actor, dancer, and singer. Many have heard her angelic voice during the Anjo’s (Angels) at the traditional Christmas Eve Romarias. She starred in her first main role in the UPSES Youth Group’s musical production of “Annie.” Other main roles include Wednesday in “The Addams Family,” Mrs. Potts in “Beauty and the Beast,” and Alice in “Alice in Wonder-Full Land.” Kayla recently sang the National Anthem at the PLHS Alumni baseball game.
Kayla thought hard about a degree in the arts but decided to concentrate on biology instead. Being involved in the medical field gives her a sense of satisfaction. A degree in biology will be an important part of her goal toward helping people thrive to be their best selves in life; just as theatre helped her.
Congratulations Kayla on a job well done and for all your hard work within our community; scholastically and artistically. We know you will be successful as you move into the next chapter of your life.
$2,500 Rebelo/Gomes Scholarship
Justin Valadaõ is the son of PHC Members, Donald & Dinisa Valadaõ, and a 2020 Graduate of Pt. Loma High School. He is currently deciding on his choice of school: Pt. Loma Nazarene in San Diego, Cogswell Polytechnical in San Jose, or Hofstra University in New York. His choices of study are: Social Sciences – working toward a curator or historian of anthropology; Psychology – become an occupational therapist and assist those with mental illness, or Computer Engineering – study the engineering design aspect of video game design involving building levels, balance, and artificial intelligence processed in the game.
He was a three-year student in the Portuguese Language class at Pt. Loma High School.
Justin helps in many ways within our community. Every year he works in the kitchen during Festa Week. Festa Sunday he begins at 5:00 a.m. to deliver sopas to the homebound. He is often seen in the UPSES kitchen volunteering for many other Portuguese club events. Justin proudly served as the 2014 Festa King, and is a longtime Portuguese-American Dancer.
Justin currently serves as the State Youth President for PFSA. He helped organize “Together We Rise.” This important program raises money to purchase customizable travel bags for foster children who are often moved to a home with only the clothes on their back.
Way to go Justin! You are hardworking, caring, and smart. Your future looks bright and we wish you great success.
The PHC is proud to award these well-deserved scholarships and looks forward to the success of each recipient.
Questions? Please contact the PHC: PHCSanDiegoPL@gmail.com or