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Nora Kane Named as One of the 2024 Recipients of the Academic Achievement Merit Scholarship

The Daniel G. Calugar Foundation proudly announces that Nora Kane is one of the 2024 recipients of the Academic Achievement Merit Scholarship. As one of 10 scholarship recipients, Nora will receive $10,000 to help further her studies at the California Institute of Technology, where she will be an incoming freshman in the fall of 2024.

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The Daniel G. Calugar Foundation has announced that Nora Kane, who will attend the California Institute of Technology in the fall, is one of the recipients of the Academic Achievement Merit Scholarship. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Daniel G. Calugar Foundation has announced that Nora Kane, who will attend the California Institute of Technology in the fall, is one of the recipients of the Academic Achievement Merit Scholarship. (Photo: Business Wire)

“I’m extremely honored to receive this scholarship and know that it will help me greatly in achieving my goal of becoming a physicist,” Nora said.

The Daniel G. Calugar Foundation created the Academic Achievement Merit Scholarship to recognize academic excellence in incoming freshmen for the fall 2024 semester. It seeks to support driven individuals with well-defined career aspirations by fostering their educational and professional journey.

To be eligible for the Academic Achievement Merit Scholarship, applicants had to achieve a minimum score of 1500 on the SAT or 34 on the ACT. In addition, students underwent a comprehensive assessment of their academic achievements, stated goals, and objectives as presented in their application statement.

In her scholarship essay, Nora wrote about how she focused on two things when considering potential colleges: the quality of the school’s physics program and the robustness of its community outreach programs.

“I find great joy in sharing my passion for STEM with others, particularly through tutoring, wherein I can ignite a similar interest and level of understanding in others,” Nora wrote. “The ability to hire a professional tutor is often outside the scope of a family’s financial means (it certainly was for my own family); it has been my privilege to remove that roadblock throughout my high school career in my community and it is something I plan to continue with equal fervor throughout my undergraduate tenure.”

Nora added that with the resources Caltech has available, she’ll be able to “put my commitment to the betterment of my community into action during my undergraduate tenure. I want my college experience to be so much more than classroom learning, just as high school has been.”

Dan Calugar is a financial investor with a background in computer science, law, finance, and business. He majored in computer science at the Air Force Academy, and today, he uses the technical knowledge he gained there to design computer programs that help him identify profitable investment strategies.

The Daniel G. Calugar Foundation’s Academic Achievement Merit Scholarship has awarded all ten scholarships for 2024. The foundation is now accepting applications for the 2025 academic year, with the deadline being June 30, 2025.

For more information and to apply, please visit dancalugarscholarship.com.

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