San Dimas resident Tanja Hunt has been named the first recipient of the $1,500 Cliff Wellington Foundation Scholarship, a joint award of the Walnut Valley Unified School district and Cal Poly Pomona's School of Education.
The fund was set up last year as a posthumous tribute to Cliff Wellington, principal of C. J. Morris Elementary School in Walnut. Money for the scholarship was raised through donations.
The award is designed to help student teachers in the Walnut Valley work at their assigned schools without having to get an outside paying job.
Hunt, 22, a student at Cal Poly Pomona, was assigned to student-teach a first-grade class at C. J. Morris Elementary after she was awarded the grant.