ACSA Region 7 believes in supporting its members and students by providing several opportunities to earn scholarships. The Scholarship Committee consists of the Region 7 President-Elect and President–Elects from each charter.  Children of persons serving on the committee are not eligible for the scholarship.  Scholarships will be awarded as follows:

Alex Winchester/Sue Richards Scholarship

Objective: Promote and encourage professional growth of ACSA members
For: Region 7 State ACSA Members/Professional Development
Amount: $500.00 each (1 for State Summit, 1 for Academy, 1 for CEL, 1 for Region Conference)
Due: Academy due: 3 weeks prior to the Academy; State Summit due: September 25 2020; CEL Institute due: January 22, 2021; Region Conference due: March 26, 2021

Nomination Form


Ken Brown/Francine Gasper Scholarship

Objective: Assist children of ACSA members to pursue post high school endeavors
For: Post high school educational endeavors for children of Region 7 State ACSA Members
Amount: $1,000.00 each (3 awarded per year)
Due:  March 12, 2021
Application:  Must include – 2 letters of recommendation, essay, transcripts.

Please email letters of recommendations and transcripts to Ramona Soto-Barajas at:

Nomination Form


Jane Johnston Every Student Succeeding Award

Objective: To honor students who have succeeded against all odds
For: One nominated student from each charter
Amount: One Awardee from the Region Charter will receive $500.00 for education
Due:  March 5, 2021
Application:  One student will be selected to be honored at the State ACSA Conference representing Region 7. The application must be submitted on the State ACSA Every Student Succeeding nomination form.


For more information contact:

Ramona Soto-Barajas, Principal
Tracy Unified School District

Region 7 2020 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Each year our Region awards three $1,000 scholarships to assist children of ACSA members to pursue post high school educational endeavors. This year our Region 7 Cabinet members voted to award all of the eligible applicants a $1,000 scholarship, in order to support the students whose education and/or graduations were interrupted and cancelled due to COVID-19.

The Region had the funds to support the additional 2020 scholarships due to the cancellation of our Spring Conference and our Spring General Membership Assembly.  

Congratulations to the following students:

Jacob Backman, Oakdale High School, son of ACSA Member Jennifer Backman

Emily Cline, Thomas Downey High School, daughter of ACSA Member David Cline

Garrett Cox, Escalon High School, son of ACSA Member Sarah Cox

Ashlee DePrater, CSU Monterey Bay, daughter of ACSA Member Corinne Pacheco

Edwin Garcia, Turlock High School, son of ACSA Member David Garcia

Katherine Hamera, UC Davis, daughter of ACSA Member Jeri Hamera

Melissa Murillo, Patterson High School, daughter of ACSA Member Teresa Murillo

Kaydee Peterman, Central Valley School, daughter of ACSA Member Amy Peterman

Christopher Springer, Gregori High School, son of ACSA Member Craig Springer

Gyselle Bibiano Named Region 7 2020 ESS Student

Congratulations to Gyselle Bibiano, Region 7’s ESS student for 2020. Gyselle, a senior at Argonaut High School in the Amador County Unified School District, was nominated by her principal, Troy Grassaway. Gyselle was the first special education student in the moderate to severe program to graduate with a comprehensive high school diploma. What sets Gyselle apart from other students is a miracle.

When Gyselle was born she was pronounced dead. She was resuscitated and brought back to life; her first few weeks in the hospital were difficult ones. At six months old, medical specialists told her mother that Gysselle had Cerebral Palsy as well as Ataxia and she would not reach milestones like a normal child. They also told her to prepare for a child that was in a wheelchair and didn’t walk or talk.

At an early age Gyselle recalls her mother telling her that she would walk, talk, and do anything she set her mind to. Today, Gyselle walks and talks and is a leader and role model on the Argonaut High School campus. She will graduate with a 3.5 GPA and has successfully completed all of her mainstream Math and Science courses and completed an AP English course. Gyselle is a member of the Drama Program and has had leading roles in the talent show and school plays. She is also a member of the track and field team, throwing the discus and the shot put.

Next year Gyselle will begin Columbia College in hopes of pursuing a career as a special education teacher.