Speak Up Newport has named this year’s recipients of the Dorothy Hardcastle Scholarship Awards, according to a statement from the organization.
Corona del Mar High School graduate Julia Kerr and Newport Harbor High School graduate Paisley Muller were each awarded $1,500 and were introduced at recent SUN meetings.
The scholarship was established in 1989 in memory of Dorothy Hardcastle, who was an original member of Speak Up Newport. The awards honor students who demonstrated leadership in their community.
Kerr, who will major in engineering management or a related field at Miami University of Ohio, was active in the Corona del Mar High School Drama Club,Toys for Teens, UNICEF Club, Eco-Exist, Madrigal Choir and Theater Production, and she ran track and field and cross country for four years. She was an active Girl Scout and volunteered as a junior naturalist at the Environmental Nature Center among other activities.
Muller logged more than 500 hours of community service, including volunteer work at the Second Step shelter, Girls, Incorporated and Share Our Selves. She played water polo and worked as a swimming teacher and a pool lifeguard for the City of Newport Beach. She plans to major in human development and family planning at Penn State University.
Speak Up Newport was founded in 1979 and is “a non-profit, non-partisan citizens group organized to promote the common good and general welfare of the Newport Beach community,” according to a statement. The group meets monthly.