Nicholas Academic Centers (NAC) is partnering with the Santa Ana Unified School District to make earning a college degree a reality for more students in Santa Ana, with 100 percent of students in the NAC programs expected to attend college after high school and 80 percent expected to attend a four-year university. Continue reading
Farzad Family Law, a local Santa Ana business, takes great pride in their community and giving back. They are entering their third year in offering the Farzad Family Law Scholarship to all undergraduate students with an interest in the law, or current law students. The scholarship is merit-based and requires that each applicant submits an essay based on a yearly series of outlined questions. The recipient is awarded $3,500.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 46th Congressional District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 14, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Barb Solish, 202-226-8373, Barb.Solish@mail.house.gov
REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ LEADS CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATS URGING CALIFORNIA TO PARTICIPATE IN AMERICA’S COLLEGE PROMISE
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) sent a letter with 25 other California Members of Congress urging Governor Jerry Brown and California Community Colleges Chancellor Dr. Brice W. Harris to embrace President Obama’s recently announced America’s College Promise program that would make two years of community college free for students.
“More than ever our economy depends on the strength of our workforce – strength built upon access to education for all – and the President’s proposal is a significant step in the right direction,” said Rep. Sanchez. “However, the President’s plan also calls on the participation and partnership of our states. As California moves forward in investing in our community colleges, we encourage the Governor and Chancellor to consider the White House’s proposal as it continues to develop.” Continue reading
The Orange County Young Executives Future Leader’s Scholarship is now accepting applications. This scholarship is open to high school seniors who aspire to obtain higher education and make a difference within their community. The scholarship is generally aimed toward high-achieving students who also demonstrate continued involvement within the surrounding community.
The award value is a minimum of $3,000, which may increase depending on ticket sales for OCYE events, and will be given to a select student at our March 14th charity gala, benefitting THINK Together – an after school program. Continue reading
Sacramento – Today, the California State Assembly Committee on Higher Education approved Senate Bill (SB) 141, authored by State Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), with a broad bipartisan vote. This measure will restore access to California colleges, universities and scholarships for children who are U.S. citizens, but are forced to live abroad as a result of their parents’ deportation. Continue reading
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 46th Congressional District
PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Barb Solish, 202-226-8373, Barb.Solish@mail.house.gov
REP. SANCHEZ ISSUES STATEMENT FOLLOWING VOTE ON STUDENT LOAN RATES
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) today released the following statement after voting for H.R. 1911, The Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, which passed with a bipartisan vote of 392-31 in the House of Representatives today.
“Education is the foundation of opportunity and the basis of our country’s future success. A quality education system will not only enable our nation to compete in a global economy, but will also propel the country’s economic recovery. Continue reading
City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County Community Alert:
SANTA ANA, CA (May 10, 2013) – The Santa Ana Public Library is pleased to host the Parents Promoting Education group as part of a Santa Ana Adelante informational session. Santa Ana Adelante began in 2011, and it guarantees Santa Ana Unified School District graduating seniors attending Santa Ana College admission to California State University Fullerton or University of California Irvine upon completion of their AA degree. Continue reading
This film is an effort to better understand the dwindling college-bound American population, by Los Angeles filmmaker Graham Streeter, who embedded himself in East Los Angeles, where he befriended Julio, Edgar, and Abel: three Latino high school seniors; each attempting to navigate through the daunting and challenging transition between high school and college in their own unique ways. Continue reading
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AGAINST ALL ODDS, 80 SANTA ANA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GRADUATE AND FULFILL COLLEGE DREAMS
Nicholas Academic Centers Graduation Celebration Highlights Local Students Who Overcame Adversity to Achieve the American Dream of Higher Education
WHAT: A group of 80 vibrant, graduating high school students from Santa Ana have three things in common – all have battled through financial hardships, language and cultural barriers, successfully gone through the Nicholas Academic Centers (NACs) program, and in a couple of months are all attending top-tier higher education institutions such as the University of Notre Dame, UCLA, Denison College and more. Continue reading
Assemblyman Solorio (center) with the Solorio Scholars, Class of 2012
For Immediate Release: December 21, 2011
For More Information Contact: Carol Chamberlain – office: (916) 319-2069, mobile: (916) 804-5355
“Solorio Scholars” Awardees Celebrate End of College Application Process
Outstanding seniors received financial help and acquired additional writing skills for college application process
SANTA ANA – On a Saturday evening this holiday season, 25 outstanding high school seniors were recognized as “Solorio Scholars” at the Delhi Center in Santa Ana. The evening capped an intense college application season made easier for the Solorio Scholars through personalized help with their college applications and up to $250 for college application fees. The Solorio Scholars program was created in 2009 to inspire more high school students in central Orange County to apply for college. Continue reading
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 47th Congressional District
PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Adrienne Watson 202-309-0825
REP. SANCHEZ ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT GRANTS FOR LOCAL STEM EDUCATION
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) today announced that Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) and California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) have been selected as recipients of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM and Articulation Programs Grant. Each school will receive nearly $1,200,000 in funding for the next five years to develop and expand their capacity to serve Hispanic and other low-income students. Continue reading
For Immediate Release: February 14, 2011
For More Information Contact: Carol Chamberlain – Office: (916) 319-2069, Cell: (916) 804-5355
ASSEMBLYMAN SOLORIO REMINDS STUDENTS OF UPCOMING FINANICAL AID DEADLINE
Key Deadline to Apply for Financial Aid and Cal Grants is March 2, 2011
ANAHEIM, CA – State Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) is reminding students about an important upcoming deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
“With tuition and related fees on the rise, many students and their families find college to be very expensive,” Solorio says. “However, there are many programs available to help families obtain the support they need, and they all require an accurate FAFSA application. The deadline to file a FAFSA application is March 2, so I am encouraging students to start working on it now.”
The FAFSA is the form the U.S. Department of Education requires to determine eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs. The FAFSA application is used to apply for the Federal Pell Grant and the State’s Cal Grant Program.
A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not need to be repaid. The amount a student receives is dependent on financial need, the cost to attend school, status as a full-time or part-time student, and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.
Students may also be eligible to receive a Cal Grant from the State. Like a Federal Pell Grant, a Cal Grant does not need to be repaid. With a Cal Grant, a student can receive up to $11,124 a year to pay for college expenses at any qualifying California college, university, career or technical school. For more information on Cal Grants, visit www.calgrants.org.
Information on FAFSA can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The deadline to apply for financial aid, including the Cal Grant, is March 2, 2011.
Affordable education is one of Assemblyman Solorio’s top priorities in the Legislature. He supports efforts to extend educational and college opportunities to everyone, and works to ensure that financial aid for students is protected.
State Assemblyman Jose Solorio is the Chair of the Assembly Insurance Committee and also serves on the Assembly Appropriations and Transportation committees. He represents the Sixty-Ninth Assembly District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana. For more information about Assemblyman Solorio, visit www.assembly.ca.gov/solorio.
Disneyland® Resort Scholarship Program
More Than $250,000 in Scholarships Awarded Since 2006
The Disneyland® Resort Scholarship Program awards $5,000 scholarships to ten high school seniors who have demonstrated excellence in volunteerism and leadership and who are committed to making a difference in our community. By granting scholarships to students who strive to improve our community, the Disneyland® Resort aims to make the dream of attending college or a professional trade school a reality.
Please email Community Relations with questions.
Application Period for 2011 Scholarship Program Now Open
The first 200 qualified applicants will receive two 1-Day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper Tickets.
The Disneyland® Resort Scholarship Program – Celebrating Community Service, will award $5,000 scholarships to ten high school seniors who have demonstrated excellence in volunteerism and leadership and who are committed to making a difference in our community.
By granting scholarships to students who strive to improve our community, the Disneyland® Resort aims to make the dream of attending college or a professional trade school a reality.
- Resident of Orange County, California
- Currently attending an Orange County public or private high school
- Graduating high school senior pursuing higher education
- Have volunteered 100 hours or more between January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2010 through a charitable nonprofit organization*
- Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (most recent transcript required)
- Provide verification from the predominant charitable nonprofit organization with which you volunteer
How To Apply
1. Prior to applying, please have the following:
– A working email address for yourself
– Contact information and Tax ID for the nonprofit at which you volunteer
– Your most recent transcript (including electives)
2. Click on the link below and create a New User
3. Enter the information for your nonprofit
4. Complete the application in full. You may save your work and come back to it later.
5. Submit the application upon completion. Once you submit, you can not change it.
6. Your nonprofit must confirm your service before your application will be considered.
7. Application deadline is January 31, 2011.
Scholarship recipients will be announced April 2011
Please note: In order to create a new application, you will be required to enter the Tax ID or EIN and the contact information for the nonprofit at which you volunteer. Please input the information for your primary organization. This is the organization that will correspond to your essay for Question #2 in the application. This cannot be an international organization.
Please email Community Relations with questions.
FREE Financial Aid Workshop
Sunday, January 30, 2011 / 10:00am – 1:00pm
- Learn about the differences between Cal Grants, Pell Grants & Stafford Loans
- Find out some helpful strategies for organizing all of your financial aid paperwork!
- Get information about scholarships specifically for Latino/a students, first-generation college students, and students interested in the arts
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Sponsored by: Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble
“Supporting the Work and Enriching the Lives of Latinas in the Performing Arts.”
Manuel N. Gomez, retired UCI vice chancellor for student affairs, pictured with Susan V. Bryant, retired UCI vice chancellor for research and professor of developmental & cell biology
PRESS RELEASE: October 12, 2010
Contacts: Dr. Juan Lara 626-390-0176
John Palacio 714-856-5214
Shelley Hoss 949-553-4202
For immediate release
“APPLE OF GOLD ” AWARDS RECOGNIZE EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
The Orange County Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) announces the recipients of the 17th Annual Apple of Gold Awards for excellence in teaching and educational leadership.
Educators who will be recognized at the October 22nd Apple of Gold Gala Awards Dinner at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel include: Lifetime Achievement Recognition, Manuel N. Gomez, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor Emeritus, University of California , Irvine ; Excellence in Teaching: Patricia Rendon-Cardenas, Teacher, Martin Luther King Elementary School , Santa Ana Unified School District ; Excellence in Teaching: Vivian Bottino, Teacher, Marco Forster, Middle School, Capistrano Unified School District and Excellence in Teaching, Roselinn (Linn) Lee, Teacher, Valley High School, Santa Ana Unified School District. Recipients were nominated by their principal, superintendent or president, and supported by their peers, students, and parents.
In addition to recognizing local teachers and administrators who inspire and encourage students to strive for a university education, with the Apple of Gold Award, HEEF provides scholarships for college students and creates partnerships with the business sector to support higher education and nurture the next generation of community leaders.
Proceeds from the dinner go to the scholarship general fund and to its 30 sub funds targeting majors from the arts to business, engineering, law, medicine and technology. Today, the fruits of this investment are being made evident at graduation ceremonies across the county and the state. HEEF scholarship recipients are completing bachelor’s degrees as well as doctoral programs at prestigious institutions. Of note, one local student graduated from Boalt Law School . She had previously won HEEF scholarships as a graduating high school senior and a community college transfer student. She completed her MSW at Columbia University . This is but one example of students who have come through the K-14 pipeline and transferred to a four-year university and continued their education in graduate and professional schools. They make us proud and reflect Orange County ’s commitment to future generations.
Hispanic leaders and representatives of the greater Orange County community united to establish HEEF, formally launching the campaign in January 1994 with the goal of raising $1 million within five years. In 1998, HEEF celebrated the attainment of its $1 million goal. As of September 30, 2010, HEEF’s endowment stands at more than $2.6 million.
As a resource to academically talented Hispanic youth, HEEF’s goal is to enhance educational opportunities and resources at early ages to reduce school dropout rates and to improve students’ educational expectations and opportunities. Since 1996, HEEF has awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships to over 1,250 deserving individuals.
HEEF is a component fund of the Orange County Community Foundation ( OCCF ), which was founded in 1989 to encourage, support and facilitate philanthropy in Orange County . OCCF ‘s investment guidelines ensure the best return possible while protecting the Fund’s principal.
About the Orange County Hispanic Education Endowment Fund
Meeting the Needs of Orange County’s Hispanic Youth
The Orange County Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) provides community and financial support for students at all levels along the education continuum. An unprecedented initiative for Orange County, HEEF has been established to support scholarships, programs and institutions that respond to the needs of Hispanic youth in order to inspire, enhance and improve educational opportunities.
HEEF’s goal is to enhance educational opportunities and resources at early ages to reduce school dropout rates and to improve students’ educational expectations and opportunities. The Fund is a resource to academically talented Hispanic youth that need to overcome barriers to a college degree.
Since 1996, HEEF has awarded over $1.4 million in scholarships to over 1,150 deserving individuals.
HEEF is a sound investment for the future of Orange County. Statistics for educational attainment among ethnic populations in the county illustrate the dramatic need to enhance opportunities within the Hispanic community:
• Hispanics represent 58 percent of the Orange County population under 18 years of age. By the year 2020, the Hispanic community is projected to grow to 50 percent of the total population.
• The percentage of Hispanic adults that obtained four or more years of college in 1990 was 9 percent, compared to 29 percent among adult white non-Hispanics, 22 percent among adult African-American/Blacks, and 38 percent among adult Asian/Pacific Islanders.
Ensuring Stability for the Future
Because the fund has been established as an endowment, only earned income is available for distribution. The principal remains intact as a core investment that will support the Hispanic community forever.
HEEF is a component fund of the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), which was founded in 1989 to serve as a charitable organization for local needs. OCCF’s investment guidelines ensure the best return possible while protecting the Fund’s principal. Each year, Moss Adams LLP independently audits the Orange County Community Foundation.
Hispanic leaders and representatives of the greater Orange County community united to establish HEEF, formally launching the campaign in January 1994 with the goal of raising $1 million within five years. In 1998, HEEF celebrated the attainment of its $1 million goal. As of July 31, 2010, HEEF’s endowment stands at nearly $2.4 million. HEEF has awarded over $1.4 million in scholarships since its inception.
An exciting and unprecedented initiative for Orange County, HEEF now represents a broad base of participation – from educators to business leaders, and individual donors to the largest companies in the county and it is governed by volunteers serving on a fifteen member Executive Committee.
HEEF has established an umbrella organization, bringing together similar smaller funds, resulting in a unique structure that allows donors to designate their contributions to specific scholarship funds. These include: Adorno, Yoss, Alvarado & Smith, Architecture & Engineering, Angel & Rosemary Varela Scholarship Fund, The Arts, Association of Hispanic Professionals for Education, Chapman University, De La Libertad Scholarship Fund, The Eisner Foundation, The El Viento Foundation, Fernando & Olga Niebla, Friends of California State University at Fullerton/Richard Bermudez, Friends of the University of California at Irvine, Healthcare Education, Henry T. Nicholas, III Foundation, Hispanic Ba r Association of Orange County/Wally Davis Memorial, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Council of Realtors, Jose Angel Garibay Memorial, The Luévano Foundation, MANA De Orange County (Mexican American National Women’s Association), Mike Carona Foundation, National Hispanic Business Women’s Association, New Century Financial Corporation, Orange County Register/Excelsior, Orange County’s United Way, Sage Hill School, Soka University of America, Southern California College of Optometry, Union Bank of California and Vanguard University.