La Quinta High School - Class of 2002

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The Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship

Conrad was a journalist with La Quinta High School's newspaper, Hawkview. During his senior year, he was also the newspaper's advertising editor. After graduating, and while attending College of the Desert, Conrad was hired by La Quinta High School as a consultant to the Hawkview. Conrad worked with the newspaper's journalism students, assisting them with their ad sales, and helping them to establish the La Quinta High School Journalism Club.

Conrad was in the Tough Guys and Gals Do Dance class. He was also in choir and was a member of the Camerata La Quinta choral group. Although Conrad was not in band in high school, he was he was fluent with the guitar and clarinet, and was influenced by everyone from Benny Goodman to Ozzy Osbourne.





About the Scholarship

The Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship was established by the students, teachers and staff of La Quinta High School the day after Conrad died. It is an annual scholarship.

Conrad's two greatest loves were music and journalism. His goals were to become a music teacher or journalist. His scholarship is awarded to the senior or graduating junior who has excelled in music or journalism, or both.

Although the scholarship is not large, it is a wonderful way to keep Conrad's memory alive. We, his parents, are grateful to the teachers and staff of La Quinta High School for all their assistance in helping us to make this happen.





Who Receives It

Every year in May we go down to La Quinta High School and look through the students' senior portfolios. The portfolios are very important and give us a first glimpse of who the student is. However, we're not restricted to just the senior portfolios; we can choose any student we want. But, because we no longer know any of the students personally, the portfolios are the best way to get some insight into who the student is and wants to be.

We look for a student who was in music, choir, dance or journalism... the things Conrad was proud of doing in school. We also look for someone who will be attending College Of The Desert in the fall, like Conrad did. The money will always go to a COD student.

We look at the student's need for money. If a student is going to receive scholarship money from other sources, then we move on to someone else who hasn't been so lucky. It isn't a lot of money that we give out, although every year the amount has increased.

A great help in selecting a student for Conrad's scholarship is Ms. Alice Pedersen, Counselor and Scholarship Coordinator at La Quinta High School. Ms. Pedersen is in charge of college scholarships and financial aid, and is the liaison between the scholarship recipient and donor. Ms. Pedersen has been invaluable to us when it comes to selecting a student and we can't thank her enough. For any questions, you can reach Ms. Pedersen at 760-772-4150.

Our final decision is based on, 'What would Conrad do...?'





How Conrad's Scholarship Works

All donations are deposited with the La Quinta High School ASB in an account dedicated to Conrad's scholarship. After a recipient has been chosen, the funds for that award are withdrawn from Conrad's account and sent by check to the financial aid department at College of the Desert, where it is deposited into an account in the scholarship recipient's name. The student is then free to use the funds for tuition, books and other school related expenses.

Because this is an annual award we are constantly engaged in fund raising for it. Please know that 100% of all funds raised go directly into Conrad's scholarship. None of the funds are used in any way for 'overhead' or 'expenses'. This website, the expense and time to maintain it, fund drives and their related expenses, scholarship award certificates, photos and any other expenses related to Conrad or his scholarship in anyway, is volunteered by Conrad's parents, family and friends. You can be assured that all of your generous donations will benefit La Quinta High School students now and in the years to come.

Donations made to Conrad's scholarship through his GoFundMe.com campaign are not tax deductible. However, if you'd like your donation to be tax deductible, we will gratefully accept your personal check, money order or cashier's check. Please make your tax deductible donation payable to: The Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship/La Quinta High School. We ask that all donations made by check be sent to this address:


The Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship
c/o Leighton or Elizabeth Anderson
P.O. Box 535
La Quinta, CA 92247


This way we can record your donation before we hand deliver it to Ms. Alice Pedersen at La Quinta High School where we check and verify that your donation is properly credited to The Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship Fund. Ms. Pedersen will then mail you a receipt for your tax deductible donation. You may reach Ms. Pedersen at 760-772-4150.

We've found Conrad's scholarship to be the best way to keep Conrad's memory alive. It's our hope that with your help Conrad's scholarship will continue for years to come. Conrad was a good guy. He deserves to be remembered. Thank you for your consideration and donation. Thank you for paying it forward in Conrad's name.

Leighton & Pinkie
Conrad's parents

Remember, your gift is tax deductible. Cash donations are also welcome.



Scholarship Recipients




-2019-

Congratulations to Ricardo Antonio Tamias for being the recipient of the 2019 Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship. Like Conrad, Ricardo is all about the music. In his scholarship portfolio Ricardo wrote, “My dream career is to be an expert at the art of music. Music to me has always been something that I have enjoyed. A lot of artists have inspired me to chase my dreams and do what I love.” Ricardo enjoys composing music, and says he wants, “to be able to travel and teach other people how beautiful the art of music is.” His teachers describe him as very disciplined, open minded, dedicated to his academics, and “a hard working man with tremendous integrity” who “goes beyond the call of duty.” Ricardo will be attending College of the Desert in the fall to begin his undergraduate work, before transferring to a four year university. We wish him only the best as he makes his dreams come true. Video...

Ricardo Tamias

-2018-

Kaley Serrano

Congratulations to Robert David Moreno for being the recipient of the 2018 Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship. Robert's life ambition is to become a doctor, or psychologist. He is close with his family, and volunteers at his church, local library, and Eisenhower Medical Center. Like Conrad, he wants to give back to society. And just like Conrad, Robert's teachers describe him as a leader, the first to volunteer, supportive, thoughtful, and dedicated. Robert has an abiding sense that he works not for himself alone and in pursuit of his own goals, but for the sake of others. We wish him great success in the pursuit of his dreams. Video...


-2017-

Congratulations to Malina Morris for being the recipient of the 2017 Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship. This year we chose a student who, like Conrad, was a member of the Tough Guys and Gals Do Dance class. She was also in theater, was a teacher's assistant, was a member of the Air Force Junior ROTC, and speaks Korean. Outside of school, her activities include Taekwondo, in which she currently holds a first degree black belt, and she has been trained as an Taekwondo instructor. It was through her Taekwondo training that she discovered she wanted to further her schooling, and major in Special Education. She credits her Taekwondo training for giving her the confidence to move forward to make her dreams a reality. Video...

Malina Morris

-2016-

Kaley Serrano

Congratulations to Kaley Serrano for being the recipient of the 2016 Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship. This year we chose a student who, like Conrad, loves music. This young lady has studied voice and dance performance, and is a member of La Quinta High School's Choir, Blackhawks on Broadway, and Camerata La Quinta. Kayley is the lead vocalist for La Quinta High School's Jazz Ensemble, and plans to pursue a career as a professional vocalist. Video...


-2015-

Congratulations to Luis Julian Castellanos Jr., recipient of the 2015 Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship. Luis plans on attending College of the Desert in the fall where he wants to major in music and education. His goal is to return to La Quinta High School as an A.V.I.D. instructor and Student Activities Director. Video...

Luis Castellanos

-2014-

Chelsea Hernendez

Congratulations to Chelsea Hernandez for being the recipient of the 2014 Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship. This young lady will be the first in her family to attend college. Like Conrad, she enjoys the written word. She is planning to attend College of the Desert in the fall where she wants to major and pursue a career in journalism. Video...


-2013-

Congratulations to Garrett Wilson, recipient of the 2013 Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship. In his senior portfolio Garrett wrote, "Upon graduation of high school, my plans are to attend College of the Desert to either study mathematics or performing arts. But, I am leaving my options open for all possibilities." And that was just like Conrad. Not in any rush to define himself, career-wise. Always open to all possibilities. Video...

Garrett Wilson

-2012-

Congratulations to Kaitlin Henshall for being the recipient of the 2012 Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship. This year we chose a girl who, like Conrad, was in the Tough Guys and Gals Do Dance class. She plans on attending College of the Desert in the fall, where she wants to major in education and photography. Her goal is to pursue a career in teaching. Video...


-2011-

Congratulations to Madonna Luna, recipient of the 2011 Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship. Like Conrad, Madonna enjoys writing and one day hopes to become an author. Madonna will be attending College of the Desert in the fall where she'll major in broadcast journalism.

Madonna Luna

-2010-

Congratulations to Sarika Perez for being the recipient of the 2010 Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship. This year we chose a young lady who, like Conrad, was involved in Journalism. She has been a Journalism reporter at La Quinta High School for the past three years. This last year she was the Advertisement Editor. She is planning to attend College of the Desert in the fall where she wants to major in communication and pursue a career in broadcast journalism.


-2009-

Congratulations to Jennifer Cortez for being the recipient of the 2009 Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship. This year we chose a young lady who, like Conrad, was involved with La Quinta High School's newspaper, Hawkview. She has worked her entire high school career in journalism and on the paper, most importantly as one of its editors. She will be attending College of the Desert in the fall where she will begin her studies with double majors of Communications/Journalism and Graphic Design.

Jennifer Cortez

-2008-

Congratulations to Michael Trevino for being the recipient of the 2008 Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship. Like Conrad, Michael was involved in Tough Guys and Gals Do Dance, Camarata La Quinta and plays the guitar. He has also taken Music Theory CP and plans to attend Musicians Institute after completing his studies at College of the Desert, where he'll be majoring in music and nursing.


-2007-

Congratulations to Kaira Murdock for being the recipient of the 2007 Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship. Kaira was co-president of the La Quinta High School Choir and was active in Women’s Choir, Camerata La Quinta, the La Quinta High School Marching Band and Blackhawks on Broadway. She has just completed a year of Music Theory CP. She plans on attending College of the Desert in the fall with the goal of becoming a children’s music teacher.

Kaira Murdock

-2007-

Hilary Van Messel

Congratulations to Hilary Van Messel for being the recipient of the 2007 Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship. For 2007 we were honored to present two awards. Hilary was in the La Quinta High School Marching Band the entire four years of her high school career. Giving this young lady one of Conrad’s scholarships is extra special to us because she and her family knew Conrad and they were there for us when he died. When she starts college in the fall Hilary will be majoring in dance, broadcast journalism and communications.


-2006-

Congratulations to Esperanza Rios for being the recipient of the 2006 Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship. Esperanza was in choir, La Flor Dancing Club and Latinos Unidos while she attended La Quinta High School. Esperanza's goal is to become an algebra teacher and she will attend College of the Desert in the fall.

Esperanza Rios

-2005-

Trenna Latham

Congratulations to Trenna Latham for being the recipient of the 2005 Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship. Treena will be attending College of the Desert where she'll major in mass communications before moving on to a university and a career in film. Treena writes novels and scripts, and will also be taking classes in ballroom dancing while at COD.


-2004-

Congratulations to Adrianna Martinez for being the recipient of the 2004 Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship. Like Conrad, Adrianna wrote for La Quinta High School's newspaper, the Hawkview. She was also a close friend of Conrad's, which made choosing her for this year's award extra special to us. Adrianna will attend College of the Desert this fall. Her family and friends should be proud of her, as we know Conrad is.

80 Martinez

-2003-

Tabitha Pietre

Congratulations to Tabitha Pietre for being the first recipient of the Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship.


Good luck to all of you...



Scholarship Donors

We deeply appreciate those who have donated to this scholarship fund. This couldn't have happened without your help and we are honored to list your name here... thank you. If you have donated and don't see your name, email us and your name will be put on the list. Because you care, The Conrad De La Rosa Memorial Scholarship will be around to keep Conrad's memory alive for another year...



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Again... thank you to all of you...







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