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GLAAACC award is for deserving Los Angeles graduating high school seniorsNine deserving students from underserved communities each now have additional scholarship funds for their college educations. The students received their scholarship awards from the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC) Education Fund and Foundation at its eleventh annual scholarship luncheon on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 held at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Scholarship awards included: four $5,000 scholarships; two $2,000 scholarships; two $1,000 scholarships; and a $500 scholarship. Comerica Bank and the Union Bank Foundation served as this year's scholarship sponsors, each awarding $5,000.
The Foundation, a 501(c) (3) public benefit nonprofit organization, provides financial support for educational programs that promote the post-secondary academic advancement and aspirations of students from schools in underserved communities in the GLAAACC target geographic region, with particular emphasis on those students pursuing a business oriented curriculum. "Our scholarship selection process includes all of an applicant's circumstances while focusing on their academic potential to succeed in college," said Donald Kincey, GLAAACC Education Fund and Foundation chairman and vice president of Community Development & Public Affairs, Comerica Bank. "The top rated students also demonstrate excellence through community service, campus leadership and a passion for community health and well-being."
This year's scholarship recipients are Ciara B. Adams, Charmaine Campbell and Jamilah Mena of George Washington Preparatory High School; Taylor Mills of Crenshaw High School; Lizet E. Lopez and Fladio Godines of Susan Miller Dorsey High School; and Daniel J. Anderson of the California Academy of Mathematics & Science. Additional scholarships were awarded by the Southern California Gas Company to Dejuan Evans and Shannon Penn of Crenshaw High School. "We wish them success in all that they aspire to accomplish," said Carl A. Ballton, GLAAACC Education Fund and Foundation vice chairman and senior vice president, deputy group head of the Corporate Social Responsibility Group of Union Bank.
"The purpose of the GLAAACC Education Fund and Foundation Scholarship Program is to help offset the cost of college tuition and expenses to make it possible for graduating high school seniors to attend the college of their choice," said Gene Hale, GLAAACC chairman and GLAAACC Education Fund and Foundation board director.
Through the tremendous support from the Foundation's sponsors and patrons over the past ten years, the GLAAACC Education Fund and Foundation has awarded over $170,000 to students from schools in underserved communities.
For more information about the scholarship luncheon or the GLAAACC Education Fund and Foundation, please visit www.glaaacc.org or contact the GLAAACC office at (323) 292-1297.