FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 9, 2014
STRAUSS FOUNDATION AWARDS CHRISTINE PHAM $10,000 PUBLIC SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP TO CARRY OUT PROJECT IN HER SENIOR YEAR
The Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship Foundation, established as a memorial to the late Don Strauss of Newport Beach and now designed to award $10,000 scholarships to as many as 15 California college juniors annually, has announced that among the foundation’s new group of recipients is University of California, Irvine student Christine Pham.
The Strauss scholarships fund public-service projects that the students have proposed and will carry out during their senior year. Pham, who hails from Fountain Valley, will create My Healthy Start: an after school program that will educate students from the thirty-six elementary schools of the Santa Ana Unified School District and their parents on proper nutrition and physical activity on a monthly basis. Approximately 34.8% of children living in Santa Ana are obese, one of the highest rates of a city in California and double the national average. By focusing on simple habit changes for proper nutrition and physical activity, this program works to empower families to take care of their health in order to curb the obesity rates. Continue reading