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Fr. Coz Scholarship Recipient for 2012-13
SCU senior Sara Aliotti's college experiences exemplify the principals of the late Fr. Richard Coz. As the recipient of the Fr. Coz Scholarship, Sara's time on the Mission Campus has been enhanced by study abroad for her major, as well as participation in intramural sports and other activities.
Santa Clara was Sara's first choice of colleges when she visited from her home in Walnut Creek, CA. "As an aspiring natural biologist, I felt confident in choosing SCU because of its small class sizes, professor to student ratio, and impressive school of arts and science," according to Sara, who will graduate in June with a double major in Biology and Environmental Science.
Helping Sara reach her educational goals is the financial support provided by the Fr. Coz Scholarship. "I'm inspired by the memory of Fr. Coz," she said. "He was an inspiration to many Santa Clara students and I'm fortunate to have so many wonderful professors who motivate and encourage me."
Her coursework and research have taken her to sites throughout California and to Baja, Mexico. In one of her favorite classes, Sara and the other students spent lab and lecture time at a local herbarium, in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and exploring the unusual geological features of the Trona Pinnacles in the California Desert. This past spring, she spent 11 days in Baja, Mexico studying the plant, marine, terrestrial, and historical life of the area.
When she's not exploring her environment, Sara enjoys working as a fitness coordinator at the Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center on campus. She competed on the University's track and cross country teams her first two years at SCU and continues to pursue athletics through softball, badminton, and soccer intramural teams.
As for her overall SCU experience: "I couldn't have asked for a better mix of classes that lead me to discover more and more of my own interests every day. I'm so grateful to the many alumni donors to the Fr. Coz Scholarship."