Grads’ Scholarships Exceed $19 Million

Graduating seniors in the Long Beach Unified School District have won more than $19 million in academic scholarships this spring, along with numerous non-monetary honors and admissions to prestigious colleges and universities. The Class of 2006 so far has amassed $19,618,289 in scholarships and monetary awards to reduce their college costs this fall. Scholars at Poly High School earned full rides to the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and U.S. Naval Academies, Columbia, Harvard, Yale, MIT, USC, UCLA, Stanford, LMU, UC Berkeley, Cal State Long Beach, NYU, Claremont-McKenna and many other schools. Wilson High School graduates earned 256 acceptances at all campuses of the University of California system and 437 acceptances at all campuses of California State University. Other acceptances included Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, Cornell, Northeastern, Notre Dame and the Meredith Manor International School of Horsemanship. Student Jessica Spraggins earned the Kenny Cruz Award for 13 years of perfect attendance. A student from California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS) won a $130,000 scholarship from Olin College of Engineering. Other CAMS students won scholarships to Occidental College, Princeton, Claremont McKenna, Florida Institute of Technology and Stanford. Jordan High School students earned more scholarships than ever before in the school’s history -- $2.2 million -- including Gates Millennium and Long Beach Bar Association scholarships. Students gained admission to UC Berkeley, Smith, Howard, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, University of Louisville, Cal State Fresno and other schools. Millikan High School students earned acceptance to all UC and CSU campuses, Cornell, Northeastern and the U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint. Scholarships included the CSULB Presidential Scholarship, Occidental College President’s Scholarship, and Long Beach Youth of the Year – District Level. Non-monetary awards included the Cambodian Youth Leadership Award, Society of Women Engineers Merit Award and National Hispanic Scholar Award. Lakewood High School produced 42 Merit Scholars and 35 Presidential Academic Fitness Awards. Students earned UC Berkeley Regents and Chancellor’s scholarships, the Chapman University Dean’s Scholarship, and California Business for Education Excellence Gold Standard Award Scholarships. Admissions to colleges and universities included all nine UC campuses, USC, Temple and University of the Pacific. Cabrillo High School students earned acceptance to UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, Howard, Cal State Long Beach and other schools. Scholarships included awards from Villanova University, La Salle University and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Renaissance High School for the Arts students earned scholarships to Mount St. Mary University and the University of La Verne. The Rotary Club of Long Beach awarded three renewable $1,200 scholarships to students attending CSULB next fall. Top school acceptances included Duke, Boston University, Morehouse and Claremont McKenna. Avalon School students earned scholarships to USC, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA and UCSD.