4 CVHS students will receive $20,000 in scholarships – Natural Self Esteem

BNP Paribas USA and Bank of the West are sponsoring four $20,000 scholarships for tennis students and athletes at Coachella Valley High School in Thermal, California on March 16, 2022.  From left: Jean-Yves Fillion, CEO of BNP Paribas USA, Sr. Justin Garnica, Sr. Lydia Rodriguez, Sr. Fernando Ruiz-Chavez, Sr. Samantha Campos, Bank of the West CEO Nandita Bakhshi.

Four Coachella Valley High School tennis players will perform on center court at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Saturday to earn $20,000 in scholarships from tournament organizers.

BNP Paribas and the Bank of the West began giving scholarships to local student athletes six years ago, three-time Grand Slam doubles champion and assistant tournament director Peggy Michel said Thursday.

Jean-Yves Fillion, CEO of BNP Paribas USA, says giving back is “as important to me as sponsoring the tournament every year”.

This year, the bank awarded four $20,000 scholarships to senior leaders on the Coachella Valley High boys’ and girls’ tennis teams. All are still awaiting college admissions before deciding where to go to school in the fall.

Nandita Bakhshi, CEO of Bank of the West, congratulates four winners of $20,000 scholarships from Coachella Valley High School in Thermal, California on March 16, 2022.

Michel and Fillion, along with Bank of the West CEO Nandita Bakhshi, went to the school in Thermal on Thursday to congratulate the four scholarship recipients at a gathering in front of their parents and peers. Their official awards will be presented at the tournament on Saturday.

Fillion said the grantees were selected for their hard work, dedication and leadership in the community.

“I think leadership is about the other, it’s not so much about yourself,” he said. “And I really see that in the four award winners today.”

Bakhshi added, “What I really liked about them is the leadership quality – giving back. People are good at academics. People are good at sport, but you also have to know how to support the community that gives you so much. “

Bank of the West CEO Nandita Bakhshi congratulates Coachella Valley High School senior Samantha Campos on winning a $20,000 scholarship from the bank in Thermal, California on March 16, 2022.

Samantha Campos

Campos learned to play tennis through high school and she quickly became a leader on the team.

Off the pitch, her current aspirations are in the field of psychology, which she plans to study in college next fall.

“This scholarship will really help me a lot to cover the cost of college and my education,” she said. “It’s an honor and it’s a great opportunity.”

Coachella Valley High School senior Justin Garnica is one of four 2022 $20,000 grant recipients from BNP Paribas and Bank of the West in Thermal, California on March 16, 2022.

Justin Garnika

Garnica started playing tennis as a sophomore and quickly gained the respect of his teammates and coaches. He was named Most Inspiring Player in 2020 and 2021. This year he is captain.

He is the publicity officer for the Associated Student Body and is involved in the AP Club.

He volunteers as a ball boy at the BNP Paribas Open and works with the CVHS Tennis Club to fundraise for uniforms.

Garnica said his current academic interest is public health.

“This award means a lot to my family because it really helps me,” Garnica said. “It’s really affecting my future and it’s going to help me.”

Jean-Yves Fillion, CEO of BNP Paribas USA, congratulates Coachella Valley High School senior Lydia Rodrigues on winning a $20,000 scholarship from the bank in Thermal, California on March 16, 2022.

Lydia Rodriguez

Rodriguez is a standout tennis player for CVHS. She is the team captain and reigning team MVP. She is unbeaten again this year.

In the fall, she hopes to study speech-language pathology in college.

“I’m very happy for my other teammates who received the award,” Rodriguez said after Thursday’s rally.

She also wanted to thank her parents for their unwavering support, who took her to practices and games and followed her tennis career “through and through.”

“Well that shows that all the hard work really paid off,” she said.

Rodriguez added that the award means a lot not only to her and her family, but to the entire Coachella Valley High School community.

“Here at CV, we get a very negative connotation very quickly, but this grant shows that there are people here who really want to succeed and really want to get ahead and get into higher education,” she said. “So the scholarship means a lot to everyone, especially my parents who are CV alumni.”

Jean-Yves Fillion, CEO of BNP Paribas USA, congratulates Coachella Valley High School senior Fernando Ruiz-Chavez for winning a $20,000 scholarship from the bank in Thermal, California on March 16, 2022.

Fernando Ruiz Chavez

Fillion said two qualities that stood out in Ruiz-Chavez’s application were his “constant desire to learn” and his “focus on uplifting others.”

The high school graduate wants to become a civil engineer.

In addition to tennis, he is involved with the AVID program, which prepares students for admission and success in college. He is also a volunteer for Warm Up America, a non-profit organization that makes handmade blankets, clothing, and accessories for those in need.

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