ABC7 Top Scholars

ABC7 Top Scholars will award $1000 scholarships to seven local graduating high school seniors who are college-bound. These students will be profiled in stories featured in ABC7 Newscasts as well a special program, "ABC7 Top Scholars" (a half-hour special slated to air this summer). The annual project is intended to promote academic excellence by honoring and rewarding our top achievers.

Invitations to participate in the ABC7 Top Scholars program have been sent to hundreds of schools throughout the Bay Area. Each school will nominate up to four students to participate. Once nominated, each student must fill out the Student Application, due to ABC7 no later than 8:00PM on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges, comprised of ABC7 representatives and community members. Winners will be informed by April 30, 2014.

The profiles of our student winners will begin airing in Summer 2014, featured on ABC7 Newscasts, with a full half-hour program, ABC7 Top Scholars, airing later in the Summer 2014.


  • Student must be a high school senior graduating in Spring 2014 and committed to earning a college degree.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.7.
  • • Student must be a San Francisco Bay Area resident, with photo ID (CA State ID, Driver's License, School ID, etc.).
  • Student must be available to be interviewed on camera.
  • • KGO-TV must receive an official school transcript by 8:00PM on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
  • Student must fully complete application form, including all attachments listed on Page 3 of this application, due to KGO-TV/DT by 8:00PM on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
  • Incomplete applications will not be eligible for the ABC7 Top Scholars program.
  • Applicant must be nominated by his or her school. Applications may be obtained from school administration.

If you have additional questions, please contact Laura Kutch, Community Relations Manager, at (415) 954-7826.

Meet the 2013 ABC7 Top Scholars:
Niharika Bedekar, Saratoga High School
Tatiana Grossman, Henry M. Gunn High School
Casey Leonard, Las Lomas High School
Jerry Liu, Los Altos High School
Michael Pham, Jesse M. Bethel High School
Sarah Tsou, Archbishop Mitty High School
Michael Yu, Piedmont High School

Meet the 2012 ABC7 Top Scholars:

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2007 ABC7 Top Scholars:

  • Cristina Bautista, Moreau Catholic High School
  • Daniel Ding, Saint Francis High School
  • Cindy Guan, Mission San Jose High School
  • Emily Larimer, Half Moon Bay High School
  • Scott Levin, Los Altos High School
  • Sivakami Sambasivam, Saratoga High School

2006 ABC7 Top Scholars:

  • Hannah Fitzpatrick, San Domenico Upper School
  • Richard Kim, Foothill High School
  • Abhishek Kumar, Archbishop Mitty High School
  • Evgenia Shnayder, Carlmont High School
  • Alice Wang, Saint Francis High School
  • Elizabet Warshaw-Vickery, Palo Alto High School

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