San Marino, California, 05/29/20

This coming fall, one of our talented seniors here at San Marino High School, Kimia Hassibi, will be attending Caltech with the help of the Steve Stark Memorial Scholarship.  According to the Scholarship’s informational page, the Scholarship was started to honor their “Tremendous gratitude for his kindness and generosity to FIRST students, mentors, and volunteers in California.”  Steve Stark originally got involved with FIRST as a mentor for his son’s FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) team, later becoming the Regional Chair for San Diego. Mr. Stark is also responsible for the creation of FRC teams in Orange County and Ventura.  In honor of all he gave to the FIRST program, OCRA or the Orange County Robotics Alliance, gives out a thousand dollar scholarship to three students annually. Our very own Kimia Hassibi was chosen as one of those select few this year. She was chosen based on traits like her Gracious Professionalism, Remarkable academic achievement, strong integrity, and outstanding achievement as a First Robotics student. Kimia Hassibi has been a proud member of San Marino’s  Titanium Robotics team during all four of her years at San Marino, and has excelled in both programming and business. During her junior year, she served as the team’s Business President, and during her senior year she focused primarily on programming.  With such a wide array of skills, she has been a valuable asset to the team. The former business president first heard about this scholarship from a former team member and current mentor, Hester Liu, who recognized her aptitude and exceptional qualifications.  Kimia mentioned how glad she was to apply, because financial aid “is very helpful, especially when my twin brother and I will both be having college expenses over the next four years, so I am grateful for being a recipient of the award.” Kimia also went on to mention just how glad she was to represent our growing team to a larger audience especially because of its track record of impressive and charitable deeds. In the coming years this inspiring student, Kimia, plans to major in computer science. Past that, she is likely to go to graduate school with the idea of maybe being a researcher. What is certain about her future, is that it’s bright as can be. 

About Titanium Robotics

Titanium Robotics is a team consisting of over 100 students, mainly from San Marino High School, who come together with a common interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students learn from professional engineers and mentors to build and compete in the annual FIRST Robotics Challenge with a robot of their own design. Programming, electrical work, computer-aided design, and business management are all run by student representatives, making the entire organization student-led from start to finish.

About FIRST®                                                                                                                       

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST ® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $14 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST ® Robotics Competition (FRC®) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST®LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S., Canada, and Mexico) and Junior FIRST®LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to

Gavin O’Malley

Publicity Officer

Titanium Robotics

San Marino High School