Fourteen high school seniors in Long Beach and Lakewood have earned a combined $250,000 in college scholarships from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The scholarships are part of $2 million awarded by the foundation annually to the most improved school districts in the nation.
The Long Beach Unified School District qualified for the scholarships as one of the top five finalists for the 2009 Broad Prize for Urban Education, the largest education prize in the nation, given to urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps.
As a five-time finalist and previous winner of the top prize, LBUSD has received more than $1.2 million in scholarships from The Broad Foundation.
The scholarships go to high school seniors who have improved their grades over the course of their high school career and have financial need. Broad Prize scholars who enroll in four-year institutions receive $20,000 paid out over four years ($5,000 per year).
Students who enroll in two-year institutions receive $5,000 scholarships paid out over two years ($2,500 per year).
The scholarship selection process was managed by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. An independent selection committee further reviewed application materials and selected recipients.
Local winners are Aliyah Abdullah (Wilson), Eric Chau (Poly), Judy Cheng (Wilson), Karla Gonzalez (Wilson), Rubit Guzman (Jordan), Julie Hannsun (Poly), Juan Hurtado (Poly), Mariah Kelly (Wilson), Daidy Leon (Lakewood), Guadalupe Ornelas (Lakewood), Alejandro Rodriguez (Lakewood), Esmeralda Salcido (Millikan), Nicole Taylor (Millikan), and Mary Thach (Millikan).