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Class of 2004 Earns $20 Million in Awards

More than $20 million in scholarships have been awarded to graduating seniors in the Long Beach Unified School District this year--the largest total in more than a decade. The increase is attributed to the addition of a half-million dollars in Broad Prize Scholarships and more students taking rigorous courses. With more scholarships being awarded almost daily, the current total stands at $20,316,202. "This is a significant accomplishment for students and a great help to parents," said Maggie Webster, assistant superintendent for high schools. "With higher tuition costs, these awards often make the difference between attending the college of one’s choice or, in a few cases, being able to go to college at all." Dozens of prestigious colleges and universities awarded full-ride four-year academic scholarships to Long Beach Unified School District graduates: Amherst, Barnard, Brown, Cal Tech, Stanford, MIT, Swarthmore, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, NYU, Pomona College, UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, UC Merced, Yale, Purdue, Pitzer, Smith, plus 19 CSU campuses. In addition, many scholars earned non-monetary academic awards including math and science awards, Long Beach Rotary Service Above Self Awards and honors at entrance to top colleges and universities.