Published May 9, 2023
BY ELLA GAILY
Without encouragement from his sophomore biology teacher, Dr. Ronald J. Stoney may have never become the creator of the life-saving Omni-Tract device and co-founder of the non-profit Vascular Cures. And Resource Management Group founder Bill Tyler may not be giving generously to students for career-furthering programs if he had not had life-changing experiences of his own made possible by international travel.
At Carmel High School today, the Ron Stoney Educational Pathways program and the Tyler Fellowship program now allow chosen students to attend a summer program of their choice that would not be financially possible for them otherwise.
“Ron Stoney wanted to provide scholarships for students to do educational programs that they wouldn’t be able to do otherwise,” explains CHS teacher Bridget Randazzo, a member of the Tyler Fellowship committee since its inauguration in the 2021-22 school year and a new member of the Stoney committee.
Juniors Julia Stenvick, who will be attending the Wake Forest University Summer Immersion program for their Sports Medicine Institute; Jose Gonzalez, who will be taking an online fashion class at the New School Parsons Academy; and Timmy Marnell, who will be participating in the Summer Discovery program at the Sports Business Academy at University of California, Los Angeles, have all received full or close to full Stoney scholarships.
“My brother had actually used the scholarship to attend [the Economics for Leaders program] at U.C. Santa Barbara,” Marnell says. “That was my reason for filling out the application when I first saw the scholarship in the [CHS] bulletin.”
Student applicants submit a proposal for their desired amount of funding, which includes the cost of the program combined with their estimated costs for travel and lodging.
“I initially wanted to become a firefighter or paramedic, but I realized my love for sports medicine at CHS,” says Stenvick, who was recommended for the scholarship by CHS anatomy teacher Newkirk-Smith. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to pursue it within the great classes I’ll be able to take during my week there.”
While Tyler recipients will have similar experiences to Stoney recipients, the Tyler program has some differences. Their summer experience is required to be in-person, there’s a current quota of two recipients, and the application process focuses more on writing as opposed to interviews in the Stoney program.
2022 inaugural Tyler recipients Isabel Norman and Riley Palshaw chose Randazzo and CHS English teacher Dale DePalatis, respectively, as their required mentors early on. With each mentor’s support in the application process, Norman was able to receive funding to study cultural anthropology, historical sites and Italian in Greece and Italy, and Palshaw for a journalism program at The School of the New York Times in Manhattan.
“Ms. Randazzo and I picked out a cultural anthropology course at [Monterey Peninsula College] to take before the summer once she helped me choose the programs that best suited my interests,” says Norman, who spent a week in various parts of Greece and two weeks in Florence, Italy. “She was always there for me and made the whole process so much easier than it would’ve been.”
This summer, for junior Daisyre Duenas Paz, the Tyler Fellowship’s funding and international scope will allow her to attend the Global Leadership Academy, which focuses on marine conservation and sea turtle study on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica.
“This is the first time I’ll be able to pursue my interests in a program because of financial limitations and in general because of school and sports commitments,” says the junior of her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian.
And for fellow recipient Shayla Dutta, who will be attending lectures focused on global politics, law and economics at the Yale Young Global Scholars program, the experience may help the junior narrow down broader interests.
“Between participating in mock trial and writing for The Sandpiper, I’ve become inclined towards informative writing,” explains Dutta. “Most of my exposure to our legal system has focused on criminal law, so I’m hoping that through this program I can get a better sense of the broader subject and what I may want to specifically pursue.”
When the recipients return, they will share their experiences on campus. In a small way, this will give them the chance to give back by sharing their stories, just as Stoney and Tyler have done and intend for the future of their philanthropic programs.