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Senior Scholarships Exceed $40 Million

Scholarships and other monetary awards earned by graduating seniors this year exceed $40 million, far surpassing last year’s record of $32 million.

Students earned an all-time high of $40.43 million, more than double the amount earned just two years ago.

Poly High School seniors earned more than $9.12 million and received acceptances to 84 different colleges and universities, including all nine of the University of California freshman-admitting campuses, and Cornell, Dartmouth, Howard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, the U.S. Naval Academy and Yale.

Wilson Classical High School seniors earned more than $9 million and received 174 acceptances to all nine of the freshman-   admitting UC campuses. 

In all, Wilson students earned acceptance to 150 different colleges and universities in 37 states, including admission to Harvard, Yale, Emory, Rensselaer, George Washington, Stanford, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and USC.

Students at the California Academy of Mathematics and Science earned $7.44 million, including two Gates Millennium Scholarships valued at $200,000 each and admission to Caltech, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Pomona College, Stanford, MIT, U.S. Air Force Academy, USC and Wellesley College.

Millikan High School students earned more than $6.16 million, nearly double last year’s figure, which had already been doubled from the prior year.  Millikan students gained admission to Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth, all UC and California State University schools, Howard, Spelman, Chapman, the University of Hawaii and other schools.

Five Millikan students earned President’s Scholarships at Cal State Long Beach.  Other students earned scholarships from the Teachers Association of Long Beach and the California Teachers Association.

Lakewood High School seniors earned nearly $3.38 million, with acceptances to all nine freshman-admitting UC campuses, and Stanford, USC, University of Boston and other schools.  Awards included a Gates Millennium Scholarship renewable to the doctorate level, and three President’s Scholarships at Cal State Long Beach.

Jordan High School students earned $1.8 million, including two Gates Millennium Scholarships and a full ride to UCLA.

Cabrillo High School students earned $1.7 million, including a Broad Foundation Scholarship.

Renaissance High School for the Arts students earned $1.41 million in scholarships, including two Broad Foundation scholarships.

Avalon High School students earned more than $390,600, and Reid High School students earned $18,600.

The number of Long Beach students applying for federal student aid has increased by   49 percent over last year, the result of a goal set by the Latino FAFSA Initiative in Long Beach.  The initiative is a pilot program spearheaded by Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, and supported by the Long Beach Unified School District, community-based organizations and local colleges.

The increased completion rate of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as FAFSA, resulted from the initiative’s focus on helping Latino and other youth and their families to fill out the FAFSA at established community centers, called “trusted centers.”