Scholarships Surge to $52.58 Million

Graduating seniors in the Long Beach Unified School District have earned a record $52.58 million in scholarships and grants this year.  The total is about $1.1 million more than the previous record set in 2010 and represents a 192 percent increase since 2007.

Poly High School students earned a whopping $18,129,912, setting a new record for the school and equaling the $18 million earned by the entire school district’s graduates back in 2007.  Awards included a $237,000 scholarship to Duke; $231,220 to Notre Dame; $231,504 to USC; $229,280 to Bowdoin; $176,000 to MIT; and $177,600 to Harvard.  Poly students also gained admission to Stanford, NYU, DePaul, Johns Hopkins, Boston University, Cornell, all University of California campuses, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, Williams, Tufts, McGill, and Johnson and Wales.

California Academy of Mathematics and Science students earned $9,052,946 including Gates Millennium, QuestBridge, Posse Foundation, Milken, Cal State Long Beach President, UC Regents and Chancellor, National Achievement, National Merit Special, and National Society of Black Engineers scholarships.  Six students were honored by the National Hispanic Recognition Program, and top school admissions included MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Olin College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, NYU, Pepperdine, Pitzer, Georgetown, Brown, Haverford, Duke, Rice, USC, Wellesley, Williams, UC Berkeley and UCLA.

Wilson Classical High School students earned $7,099,637 including a $180,000 Naval ROTC award; a $208,000 scholarship to USC; $130,000 to UC Berkeley; and $88,000 to Whittier College.  Other top school acceptances included Columbia, Occidental and UCLA.

Lakewood High School students earned $6,532,462.  School acceptances included UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC Merced, USC, University of Minnesota, Dartmouth, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, Coppin State University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Arizona State University.

Millikan High School students earned $5,524,314.  School acceptances included Boston College, Brigham Young, Cal Lutheran, Chapman, Chicago State, Clark Atlanta, Gonzaga, Hawaii Pacific, Howard, Idaho State, Indiana University, London College of Fashion, Los Angeles Film School, Louisiana State, Marymount, Miami University, Mills, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Mount St. Mary’s, NYU, Oklahoma Christian, Penn State, Purdue, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse, Texas A&M, University of Hawaii, USC, University of Vermont, University of Virginia and the University of Washington.

Cabrillo High School students earned $3,453,806, a new record for the school.  School acceptances included UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, Cal State Long Beach and other CSU campuses, University of Nevada (Las Vegas), University of Minnesota, and Chaminade University (Hawaii).

Jordan High School students earned $1,252,009 including Gates Millennium, Cal State Long Beach President, UCLA Excellence, UC Irvine Chancellor, and AB 540 and Dream Act scholarships.  Other school acceptances included UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside.

Avalon High School students on Catalina Island earned $1,216,328.  School acceptances included UCLA, UC Berkeley, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Maritime, Ripon College, Redlands, College of Wooster, San Diego State, Coe College, Ohio Wesleyan, Art Institute of Boston, Cal State Fullerton and San Francisco State.

Renaissance High School for the Arts students earned $288,000 including Cal State Long Beach Presidential, Vanguard University and Long Beach Bar Association scholarships.  School acceptances included Loyola Marymount, University of Alaska (Fairbanks), UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, UC Riverside, University of Oregon, Arts Institute of Hollywood, Azusa Pacific, University of Hawaii and Mount St. Mary’s.

Educational Partnership High School students earned $31,190.

Reid Continuation High School students earned $800.

Students districtwide also earned hundreds of non-monetary honors including Rotary Service Above Self, Congressional Art, Society of Women Engineers, Most Inspiring Student, National Achievement and National Merit awards.