Scholarship Winners

The PHC is happy to announce the winners of our 2023 Portuguese Historical Center Sponsored Scholarships. First and foremost, we must thank our Sponsors for this kind and generous gesture in donating to our youth of San Diego. Both of our recipients have quite a list of accomplishments from educational GPAs to the many organizations they have served through their youth. They are both truly impressive! We couldn’t award these scholarships without our donor contributions. Many thanks to Diana Balelo, John Rebelo, and The Miss Cabrillo Festival organization for your kind generosity.

Briley Schoeffel

The daughter of Brennand and Bridget Schoeffel is the winner of both the $1,000 Miss Cabrillo Festival and $2,500 Captain John Gomes Rebelo Memorial Scholarships. Briley is the 2024 UPSES Festa Queen.  She has been a Madcap for 5 years where she gave of her time 20 hours a year in an array of some impressive organizations such as Father Joe’s, Meals on Wheels to name a small few. She attended and recently graduated from Point Loma High School where she was a cheerleader for 3 years and been a track and field runner for 2 years which included high jump.  She was invited to the National Honors Society and has received academic achievement awards. She was her Senior Class Vice President which has given her leadership qualities. Briley will be attending Boise State University where her major will be kinesiology with a dream of being a Physical Therapist. Briley is happy and proud to be a part of a special Portuguese Community which has taught her to give back. Congratulations Briley on your well-deserved award.

Joshua Yeruuldelger

The grandson of PHC Member, Patricia Myers is the winner of both the $1,000 Manuel Balelo & Norine Marroquin Family Memorial and $2,500 Captain John Gomes Rebelo Memorial Scholarships. Joshua recently graduated from Mission Vista Academy High School which included private aviation. He is in the process of receiving his license at the Golden State Flying Club. He enjoys playing chess and teaching his peers strategies. He has been an Altar Server for 5 years at St. Agnes church and volunteers often with sacramental and catechism services of the youth at the church. Joshua loves to give a helping hand and has assisted his grandmother in preparing and organizing her many groups for the Festa.  He too has an array of organizations in which he has volunteered. He enjoys giving back to the less fortunate. Joshua will be attending the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California where he will study pre-dentistry and plans to further his education in acquiring a doctorate in dentistry in San Francisco. Joshua is in a competitive accelerated program which will allow him to complete his education as soon as 5 years. We wish you all the best Joshua. Well deserved!

Portuguese Historical Center (PHC) Scholarships
Scholarships are awarded each year to applicants who meet the criteria and guidelines. The Scholarships are supported from funds received through Memorial donations/gifts.

  • Applications are available in January, and usually must be postmarked no later than April 15th.
  • Questions?  Contact the PHC: [email protected], or (619) 223-8893.