The Long Beach Unified School District, the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and Banc of California have partnered to welcome about 100 high schoolers for a day of learning at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this Friday. Meanwhile the Grand Prix Foundation has announced seven local winners of $1,500 scholarships each as part of the Robert E. Leslie Memorial Scholarships.
The students visiting the Grand Prix will come from Cabrillo, Jordan, Poly, McBride, Millikan, Sato and Avalon high schools. These students were selected because they are studying engineering, green power and business.
“Long Beach Unified is excited to partner with the Grand Prix Association and Banc of California to provide our students a work-based learning experience where students can see, feel, hear and learn about the skills and knowledge needed to build and maintain high-tech racecars,” said Peter Davis, LBUSD assistant superintendent of high schools. “The students also learn about the variety of businesses and services needed to create an event like the Grand Prix.”
Students will tour race paddocks, the pit lane and the Lifestyle Expo. They’ll also watch cars run on the track and hear guest speakers from the racing community.
The scholarship program was established in 1997 and is named after the former Long Beach Fire Department chief who was also a board member of the foundation.
The winning students and their high schools are Briana Contreras Tejado of Jordan, Cameron Johnson of Wilson, Drew Jones of Lakewood, Juliana Lee of Poly, Joy Rowden of Poly, Luke Sams of Millikan, and Erin Williams of Lakewood.