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José Luis Rodriguez Scholarship

On Nov. 23, 2007 José Luis Rodriguez was one of two people fatally shot in three unsolved shootings that took place in Chula Vista while celebrating his 18th birthday. A Sweetwater High School graduate, José was in his first semester at San Diego City College and worked as a Student Worker for the Lincoln Acres Branch of San Diego County Library. Described as perpetually upbeat, José was very respected and highly regarded by the Lincoln Acres community and beloved by the students who visited the library. A bright young man with a bright future, José aspired to be a doctor one day. José's life displayed values that are an inspiration to all who knew him. His bright spirit and positive outlook will never be forgotten, and are a glowing example to everyone in the Lincoln Acres community.

San Diego County Crimestoppers is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. More information can be found at

Scholarship Program & Application

The Friends of the Lincoln Acres Library sponsor an annual scholarship program for a graduating senior at Sweetwater High School. Applications are being accepted now through June 1, 2011. This year's essay prompt is: How my school and library experiences motivated me to further my education. For more information, see the scholarship application:

Download Application (PDF)

The José Luis Rodriguez Scholarship program is supported by the Friends of the Lincoln Acres Library. For more information on how to donate to this program, contact Carol Casares at (619) 475-4592. Checks can be made out to Carol Casares.

2010 Winners: Amber and Ashley Varney

Amber (left) and Ashley (right) are both students at Grossmont College and plan on earning their degrees from San Diego State University. Amber is studying psychology, and hopes to continue on to earn a Master's Degree and then a PhD in a similar field. Ashley is studying to become a nurse. The José Luis Rodriguez Scholarship helped pay for their textbooks and transportation to school.

The County of San Diego and the San Diego County Library disclaim any responsibility for the accuracy of the translations.