Val Cook-Watkins, Michelle Singh, Audrey Neale and Erin O'Connell

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage announced today that its Orinda office has awarded two Spencer Neale Memorial Scholarships for Excellence in Art to Erin O’Connell and Michelle Singh, 2011 graduates ofCampolindoHigh School.  Each student received $1,250 for their college educations. 

This is the second year the scholarships were awarded to Campolindo art students.  It was created as a tribute to Spencer Neale, a 2009 graduate of the school who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in April, 2010.  Spencer is the daughter of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Orinda sales associate Audrey Neale.  Audrey’s fellow agents and administrative staff created the scholarship in Spencer’s honor and collected and contributed the scholarship money.

“Spencer was very passionate about art so we wanted to do something in her memory that would allow her passion and creativity to continue through others,” said Valerie Cook-Watkins, managing broker at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage inOrinda.  “It was wonderful to see so many people come together and share their generosity so that Erin and Michelle may further their education in such an important subject.  We look forward to following their successes throughout their college years.”

Both O’Connell and Singh are pursuing creative majors, including art, photography and dance.  O’Connell will be attendingUniversityofCalifornia,Irvineand Singh will be attendingLoyolaMarymountUniversity.  To earn the scholarships, they each wrote an essay about how art has affected their lives and how they hope to share it with the world. 

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage inOrindais located at5 Moraga Wayand may be reached at 925.253.4600.