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Eighth Graders Win College Scholarships

Five eighth graders each earned $500 college scholarships recently, courtesy of the Lyman W. and Nancy E. Lough Eighth Grade Scholarship Fund. The awards go to students with average grades (2.0 to 2.9 GPA), good citizenship and a potential for future success. The winners traditionally are students who are beating the odds and continuing to learn despite tough circumstances, such as a disability, a difficult home life or other challenges. The winners and their schools are: Olivia Leader, Bancroft; Gabriel Gomez, Hughes, Candice Clark, Newcomb, Christopher Straiter, Rogers; and Candice Menefee, Stephens. Each winner receives a plaque. Their scholarship checks are presented upon enrollment in trade school or college. The unique scholarships in escrow started after the Loughs provided funds 13 years ago. Any Long Beach Unified school with eighth graders can nominate one student to become a finalist. Each year, the five scholarship winners are selected from a group of 20 finalists, each of whom receives an engraved plaque. Individuals and corporations who would like to sponsor a scholarship in escrow may do so for only $100 per year. The money is earmarked for a deserving student in eighth grade, with $100 per year added during each year in high school for a total of $500 by the time the student enters college. Students who know that someone believes in them have a powerful incentive to stay in school and to prepare for college or career training beyond high school. As part of the Lough Awards an additional $180-per-year scholarship from the Frangesch Memorial Fund went to student Adrian Cox of Hoover. The fund was established in 1998 in memory of John Frangesch, a popular LBUSD elementary school principal who died shortly after his retirement. The Frangesch award selection criteria are the same as those used for the Lough Awards. To contribute to either fund, contact the Long Beach Education Foundation at 997-8054.