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Application Period

October 15, 2018 -
January 31, 2019













































Past Fellows

Since 2002, the Clark Foundation has been awarding fellowships to outstanding graduate students who are directly connected with the Monterey Peninsula area of California and intend to work and serve the local community. Past recipients include the following exemplary individuals:

2018 Fellows

2018 fellows from left Jarrett Garife, Candice Garrett, Kaitlin Clark, Tyler Potter.
Not pictured Cassaundra Escobar

Kaitlin Clark (Monterey), UC Davis, Department of Surgery, Stem Cell research
Cassaundra Escobar (Marina), San Jose State University, Masters Social Work
Jarrett Garife (Castroville), San Jose State University, Masters Public Administration
Candice Garrett, San Jose State University, Occupational Therapy
Tyler Potter (Monterey), Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law

2017 Fellows

2017 fellows from left Derek Barkalow, Kaitlin Clark, Fen Vega, Jasmine Morales, Diego Espinoza

Derek Barkalow, Palmer College of Chiropractic
Kaitlin Clark (Monterey), UC Davis, Department of Surgery
Diego Espinoza, Santa Clara University
Jasmine Morales, University of Southern California
Fen Vega, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

2016 Fellows

Steven Goings, CSU Monterey Bay, Masters in Social Work
Andre LaMothe, UCLA School of Dentistry
Thomas Newton, San Jose State University, Administrative Services Credential
Chelsea Warner, San Jose State University, Masters Educational Administration
Kirstie Zubiate, CSU Monterey Bay, Masters Business Administration

2015 Fellows Stuti Desai & Adrian Rocha

2014 Andre LaMothe, Robert Andersen and Laurencia Walker

Upon hearing of the Fellowship award, Andre LaMothe says, “I am grateful for the generosity of the Foundation and humbled by their confidence in me.” Andre is pursuing a Doctorate in dentistry at UC San Diego with emphasis on dental/oral surgery, and is attending dental school at UCLA. He says that, “dentistry utilizes my love of science as well as my desire to help others.” Being born and raised in Carmel, Andre’s goal has always been to return to the Peninsula after graduation. He says the fellowship award brings him one step closer to helping people on the Monterey Peninsula discover the joy of healthy beautiful teeth.

Robert Andersen is pursuing a Master of Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership through the UC San Francisco School of Nursing. Robert’s leadership strengths were demonstrated during volunteer work endeavors in his youth. Becoming a father this last August he says was “transformational,” and his career path was “crystallized by my work experience and the birth of my first child.” He is very much looking forward to returning to the Peninsula after graduation to be near friends and family in his hometown of Pacific Grove.

Laurencia Walker is pursuing a PhD in Higher Education Administration and Policy at UC Riverside. Her desire to improve access, persistence, and completion for underrepresented students in higher education drives her academic pursuits. She plans to research the experiences of low-socioeconomic students participating in academic retention programs at the community college level. Volunteering became second nature to Laurencia while growing up in Seaside and Marina; she looks forward to returning to the area to continue her community work.


2013 LaShunda Nugent and Billy Coleman

LaShunda is pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education through the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. She majored in Graphic Design at Azusa Pacific University. After completing her undergraduate degree, she became a volunteer for AmeriCorps in Little Rock, Arkansas where she tutored students. While living in Little Rock, she also "virtually" volunteered with Imagine College at Seaside High School, where she has served over the last year through the AmeriCorps VIP program.

Billy is pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at California State University Monterey Bay where he earlier received a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Science. He has served as the director of International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other violent oppression in marginalized countries. Billy’s purpose is to combine his love for people and business to help create organizational behavioral changes as well as improve the lives of people through personal and professional development throughout the Peninsula.

2012 Michelle Armstrong is pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently performing research in Professor Theodore Holman’s lab, focusing on finding inhibitors that could potentially be used as drugs to combat diseases that involve inflammation, immune disorders and many various types of cancers. Michelle is a Philippine native who has fallen in love with the tight-knit community and rare beauty of the Monterey Peninsula where she plans to continue raising her family. Michelle’s ultimate goal is to give back to the community by creating research opportunities and promoting science related fields of study to minority women and students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.

2011 Rian Dundon is an internationally published and award winning documentary photographer. A graduate of Pacific Grove High School and New York University, he is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in the Social Documentation graduate program at University of California, Santa Cruz. After a decade living and working in New York and Mainland China respectively, Rian returned to the Monterey Bay in 2010 to begin his graduate work at UCSC. Upon completion of his degree in 2012 Rian plans to remain on the Peninsula as he works to visually chronicle its unique cultural diversity and pressing social issues. He also looks forward to developing further his role as an arts educator in the area, nurturing an informed local citizenry by providing students with the creative vision and critical vocabulary required for the production of engaged and meaningful social analysis. It is Rian’s firm belief that we can strengthen the core of our communities’ shared experience by advancing the democratic formulation of new knowledge and cultural expression within them.

2011 David Seagal is a graduate of Pacific Grove High School and the University of California, Santa Cruz.  He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science: Game Design and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz.  He also works as an instructor for the Digital Media Academy at Stanford teaching game programming to teens.  During his time as an undergraduate, David noticed the rise of smaller independent videogame development, in particular the growing indie game community forming in Santa Cruz.  Recognizing the expressive opportunities presented in this new medium, David seeks to return to Monterey after graduating to create an independent game studio, with the ultimate goal of establishing a similarly vibrant indie game community on the Monterey Peninsula.

2010 • Vanessa Cardinale is a graduate of Carmel High School, Monterey Peninsula College, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree at Monterey College of Law. Vanessa says that being awarded the Clark Foundation Fellowship is "a dream come true". Vanessa believes that the fellowship will help actualize her professional goal of becoming a child advocate attorney and will allow her "the experiences needed to be a creative and contributing member of the community, both as a student and future attorney." Vanessa currently serves as an intern with the Monterey Superior Court in the Self Help Center and volunteers her time with CASA of Monterey County, the Kinship Center and My Museum. She is also the Student Bar Association Representative for the Class of 2012 at Monterey College of Law.

2010 • Michelle Arnold is a graduate of the Stevenson School, the University of California, San Diego and is currently pursuing a Master of Adult Education degree at Oregon State University. When not attending classes, Michelle works full-time for CASA of Monterey County where she helps serve neglected and abused children by training and supervising volunteer child advocates. Michelle quoted Goethe to sum up her personal philosophy and gratitude in receiving the Clark Foundation Fellowship: "Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and help them become what they are capable of being." She shared that she felt it was a "rare and wonderful treat to not only be recognized for the work I have done but to be given the support to expand on my own capabilities". Michelle is also a dedicated community volunteer serving local organizations such as the Carmel Youth Center, Junior League of Monterey County, Meals on Wheels and the Forest Theater.

Andrew Weeks

2009 • Andrew Weeks is a graduate of Pacific Grove High School, the University of California, San Diego and is currently enrolled in the school of Dentistry at the University of California, San Francisco. Andrew says that being named the Clark Foundation Fellow is "an honor" and plans to use the award toward his six year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. When his residency is complete, Andrew expects to utilize his experience in public health to "elevate the health of the residents on the Monterey Peninsula." Andrew is also fluent in Spanish and has a strong background in public service, including work with non-profit organizations serving children and families unable to afford adequate dental care.

Christopher Lee Sentieri

2008 • Christopher Lee Sentieri is attending the Panetta Institute for Public Policy where he is working toward a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. Chris has spent many hours volunteering at Youth Music Monterey and helped establish a local coalition, the Music and Arts Advocacy Partnership, which addresses critical issues facing arts education in our local public schools. An advocate of arts education, Chris is also involved with the regional chapter of the California Arts Project and the national Support Music Coalition. Regarding the Fellowship, Chris said, “Receiving such a wonderful gift is humbling and it will allow me to focus my energies more on my studies and dedication to the community.”

Teresa Silvia

2007 • Teresa Silvia received her bachelor's degree from California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) in Integrated Studies with a concentration in Community Arts Management and is founder of the Marina Youth Arts Program in Marina. She is enrolled in Goddard College, Vermont, pursuing a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Community Education. The title of her master's thesis is Community Arts: Arresting the development of racial and cultural stereotypes in children.

Amy Roberts

2006 • Amy Roberts is working toward her Master’s Degree in Public Policy. She is attending the Panetta Institute for Public Policy with special emphasis on Government and Politics with an anticipated graduation date of May, 2007. Amy is a Monterey County native and received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis. As part of her graduate studies, Amy had an internship with the City of Monterey where she developed a fiscal strategy for implementing the Monterey Peninsula’s storm water management program. Receiving the Fellowship Amy shared, “this was overwhelming and humbling and I am honored by the recognition.” She looks forward to utilizing her academic and professional experience in a long career in public services on the Monterey Peninsula. Amy was also selected as the Panetta Institute’s delegate to the 2006 Academy of Achievement Summit in Los Angeles, which recognized top graduate students from around the world.

Lindsey Cook

2005 • Lindsey Cook is attending the School of Veterinary Medicine at University of California, Davis. "I grew up knowing I wanted to become a veterinarian, but I never knew what an incredible journey it would be to pursue this dream." Lindsey is a native of Monterey and graduated from Santa Catalina School. Lindsey said, "I learned at a young age how rewarding giving back to the community can be. When I was 15, I started volunteering at the Monterey Sports Center teaching kids how to swim and giving them encouragement. The experience helped me understand how one simple hour a week could influence so many people." She currently is a volunteer in the STAR Rider Program in Marina that focuses on therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities. Lindsey plans on returning to the Monterey Peninsula upon receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and setting up practice in the area. Lindsey shared, "Receiving the Clark Fellowship has helped relieve some of the financial burden from me. I am so grateful to have won such a generous scholarship especially from my community. Look forward to returning to the area and continuing to give back to such a close-knit community. The Monterey Peninsula is a unique and wonderful place and being away for eight years has helped me realize what a wonderful place it is, especially for raising our family."

Trevor Fogg

2004 • Trevor Fogg, a Carmel High School graduate and a student at the College of Optometry at University of California Berkeley, was the Clark Foundation's 2004 Fellow. He has been active in student and community activities, including serving as President of his class at the College of Optometry and volunteering to teach children to swim, ski and play baseball. "Growing up with the privilege of such a supportive community it is easy to take it all for granted. However, moving to Berkeley for college has made me aware of the special community that exists on the Monterey Peninsula," Trevor said. "It has driven me to excel at optometry school so I may return to this unique community that supported me for so long. My personal experiences have taught me to value the importance of giving back to the community I call home." Trevor shared, “The Fellowship from the Clark Foundation was very helpful during my second year of optometry school as the burden of loans from a four year professional school (even a public one) is immense.”

Mathew Miller

2003 • Matthew Miller, born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula, is a graduate of Stevenson School and Stanford University. Matthew graduated cum laude from Boston University School of Medicine. After completing his residency at a number of hospitals, including Stanford University Hospital he plans on applying his skills as an orthopedic surgeon to residents of the Monterey Peninsula. Matthew Miller has been an active volunteer both while growing up in the community and while attending college. He looks forward to returning to the Monterey Peninsula and continuing to serve the community and its residents. Matthew shared, “The Fellowship award has been a wonderful opportunity for me. As the cost of a modern medical degree exceeds $200,000 any help makes a big difference. Your Foundation’s Fellowship makes it possible to focus on my medical training without as much energy spent worrying about how to pay for it all. Thanks to grants like yours I have been able to decrease my total amount of debt, allowing me more freedom in my future practice choices. As an aging populations, the peninsula has a growing need for joint surgeons. I look forward to returning to serve my community with my specialty training this field.”