Santa Monica Fire Department firefighters have awarded the first of what they say is to be an annual scholarship available to Santa Monica High School seniors.

This year’s Santa Monica Firefighters Scholarships were available to high school seniors who provided service to the community of Santa Monica, submitted a 300-word essay, “What Service Means to Me,” maintained at least a 2.0 GPA (grade point average) and completed a scholarship application.

The scholarships this year were awarded to students Adriana Padilla and Valentine Urena.

Padilla was active in Club UNICEF as a volunteer tutor at Will Rogers Elementary School and has worked at the Santa Monica Aquatics Center, according to the fire department.

She is planning to attend the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Urena was active in the community as a martial arts teacher and volunteered for the Red Cross.

He may attend San Diego State University or the University of California at Santa Barbara.

The scholarships are expected to be awarded annually to Santa Monica High School seniors who fulfill the requirements.

Two students will be selected each year and will be awarded $500 each to be used towards college expenses.

Information is available in the College Counseling office at Santa Monica High School and on the Santa Monica Firefighters Web site, www.smfire.org/.

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