MVWD awards scholarships to local seniors

The Monte Vista Water District (MVWD) recently announced Zoey Bahena and Denia Maldonado-Dominguez of Montclair High School have been awarded the “2024 Bruce J. Lance Jr. Water Scholarship”. Each year the board awards up to two $1,500 scholarships in Lance’s honor for his 44 years of extraordinary service to the district and the community as the agency’s general counsel.

Students submitted application packets, which included a written essay describing “how conservation helps the environment.”

“Denia and Zoey had thoughtful responses to the prompt and conveyed the importance of having clean, safe, and reliable water, which is something we often take for granted when we reach for the faucet or take a shower,” said Board President Sandra Rose. “Their essays reflected on personal experiences and shared what conservation means for them and their families.”

With the assistance of Montclair High School Counselor Alice Cornejo, the board’s public engagement committee, comprised of Board President Sandra Rose and Director Manny Martinez, judged the essays and made the final selection. The scholarships will assist Ms. Maldonado-Dominguez in her studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and Ms. Bahena who plans to attend University of California, Santa Barbara.

The Bruce J. Lance Jr. Water Scholarship was created in 2013, when the board adopted Resolution 669-13 commending Lance for his years of service as the district’s general counsel. The scholarships have been awarded annually for the past 11 years to seniors attending school or living in MVWD’s service and who plan to attend college.

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