Simpson University Offers $5,000 Scholarship Through the Record Searchlight's 20 Under 40 Program

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - For the fourth consecutive year, Simpson University, in partnership with the Redding Record Searchlight, is offering a $5,000 Emerging Leader Scholarship to a local high school senior through the "20 Under 40" program.

The Record Searchlight's 20 Under 40 program annually features 20 north state individuals under the age of 40 who demonstrate leadership, initiative and innovation in their profession and in the community.

Sam Llamas, one of the 2013 winners announced at a Jan. 22 reception at the McConnell Foundation, will serve as this year’s scholarship ambassador and will be responsible for choosing the high school senior to whom the $5,000 Emerging Leader Scholarship will be awarded.

The scholarship ambassador meets with their scholarship recipient in a mentoring capacity as they pursue their college education.

Past scholarship ambassadors include Scott Putnam, CEO of Apex Technology Management, Erin Resner, co-owner of Dutch Bros., and Ashley Kellogg of CH2M Hill.

Llamas, a Redding police officer, serves as a school resource officer for the Redding School District. He also volunteers for two organizations, teaches Spanish to other officers, and mentors students at Shasta College.

Those selected for 20 Under 40 recognition are featured each year in a special section of the Record Searchlight. Candidates can be nominated by friends, relatives, co-workers and others. Among this year's honorees were Simpson University alumni Jonathan Anderson '06, Meghan (Flinn '08) Anderson, Cassie Dellaragione '05, and Casey Hufford '10.

The 20 Under 40 Emerging Leader Scholarship is designed for a traditional undergraduate student and is applied over the course of a four-year period in equal payments for a qualified student in good academic standing.

High school seniors who are interested in learning how they could be the recipient of the Emerging Leader Scholarship should contact their school counselor.


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson’s newest programs include bachelor's degrees in Spanish and nursing, and master’s degrees in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Learn about our new Science & Nursing Building at For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


Contact: SU Public Relations