February 19, 2006
Nearly 500 students from high schools in the Long Beach Unified School District recently applied for $500,000 in Broad Foundation scholarships. The school district earned the scholarships for students when it won the national 2003 Broad Prize for Urban Education. The prize honors the top urban school district in the nation for closing achievement gaps.
Finalists will be notified this month and must submit additional paperwork by March 8. Scholarship winners will be announced in May.
Individual scholarship amounts will vary. Winning students who enroll in a four-year college or university will receive $2,500 renewable for four years, or a total of $10,000. Students who enroll in a community college or trade school will receive $1,250 renewable for two years, or a total of $2,500 each.
The scholarships are awarded to seniors with a minimum 2.75 grade point average who show financial need and significant academic improvement in high school.
The Broad Foundation last year awarded $125,000 in scholarships to 14 local high school seniors. The school district earned those scholarships by qualifying as one of five finalists for the inaugural 2002 Broad Prize.