2020 Award Recipients
Danielle Brown, East Coast native, moved to California 16 years ago. She has a son who just graduated from SMHS and is currently attending UCSC. Growing up in a remote area of the United States has given her a strong work ethic and a love of nature. Her love of the outdoors grew with her participation in Girls Scouts, as well as being a Scout Leader for her son's Cub Scout Pack in Novato. By providing funds for additional classes, seminars, and materials, the CSU Microsoft Scholarship will afford Danielle the opportunity to enhance her knowledge, grow as a teacher, and share her passion for Science with students.
Shauna Langan graduated in 2018 from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Studies and Planning. After graduation she moved to South Lake Tahoe, to work as an AmeriCorp member doing Environmental Education, which is where her love for teaching began. The Microsoft Scholarship will help her pursue a credential to be a physics teacher, and possibly make it possible for her to get a math credential as well.
James Slade is Samoan/American and a first-generation college graduate. He went to College of the Redwoods Community College before transferring to SSU to play basketball for two years. James was the assistant coach for three years for the SSU women's basketball team under Rich Shayewitz. He graduated with a BA in mathematics, with an emphasis in secondary teaching. With the Microsoft Scholarship he will be able to focus much more on his education, allowing him to work less hours and not rely on the income from his job to pay for his education.