GEAR UP Awards $110,000 to Scholars

The Board of Education of the Long Beach Unified School District recently honored 55 middle school students who received a total of $110,000 in scholarships from a state GEAR UP grant. The students each won $2,000 that will earn interest until they enroll in college. Including the interest earned, about $2,500 in scholarship assistance will go to each student based on their outstanding effort, grades and other academic factors. The GEAR UP grant pays for teacher training, student mentoring, parent outreach and scholarships to help under-represented populations gain admission to college. The winning students are: from Hudson, Takhaja Cotton, Rachel Drenthe, Lester Fulay, April Parenteau and Deveney Pula; from Lindbergh, Jesus Araujo, Jennifer Barbosa, Alejandra Cervantes, Tyaries Francis, Daisy Gonzalez, Shalamaur Jones, Cindy Nguyen, Wendy Olvera, Laura Razo, Vivian Sboeuy, Linda Thet, Claudia Trigo, Daisy Varela, Henry Vazquez and Johnisha Warren; from Powell, Jasmyne Thomas, Brenda Jaramillo, Luis Mora, Grace Anguiano, Cindy Iniguez and Brevon Stewart; from Robinson, Victoria Alvarado, Sofia Panuelos, Emlyn Pouli and Vuthy Toun; from Stephens, Noel Barnum, Mirsa Bracho, Keechar Broadnax, Rickeisha Brown, Stephanie Dignadice, Ashley Emery, Josue Fabian, Jalynne Figueroa, Elvira Guerrero, Pedro Hernandez, Katrina McCloud, Dean Macawili, Candice Menefee, Victor Morales, Shirley Romero, Shirley Sim and Iuta Tepa; and from Washington, Josue Castillo, Nestor Gutierrez, Janet Melena, Erika Ochoa, Ana Orozco, Eduardo Pena, Cindi Perez and Aaron Taylor.