Scholarship: Shari Wright Daniels Memorial Scholarship
About the Sponsor
A talented student, Shari Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in special education from Sacramento State, where she was both an honors student and cheerleader. Upon graduation she taught special education and worked as a resource specialist before being named vice principal at Skycrest Elementary School. Later she became principal at Starr King Elementary. She was one of the youngest administrators in the San Juan Unified School District
Extremely charismatic with a strong work ethic, Shari was determined to make a difference in any project she undertook. She was a fair and innovative principal, eagerly reaching out to students, teachers, and parents. Full of energy, she launched new programs, including a harvest festival and winter breakfast, and encouraged students to learn through fun activities, including a read-a-thon
Shari valiantly fought brain cancer for 10 years before succumbing in May 2007. “She never complained about anything,” said her husband Bobby. “She loved kids and believed in the education system and wanted to help make it better. She was such a caring person.”
As a tribute to her extraordinary life, Shari’s family and friends endowed the Shari Wright Daniels Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is dedicated to students that exemplify her commitment to education and children and will be awarded annually to a graduating student accepted into the teaching credential program. In recognition of Shari’s values and legacy, Liberal Studies majors or students that have served on the Spirit leader squad will be given preference for the scholarship.