Meet Some of Our Previous Scholarship Recipients

Our 2021 Scholars are ambitious, talented, and resilient. Each year, we select five phenomenal Scholars for the Social Impact Award, which recognizes applicants who have gone above and beyond for their community.

 

To read the essays from our five Social Impact Awardees, hover over any of their photos below.

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I believe that growing up in South Los Angeles has played an important role in the young man that I’ve become and influenced my goals for the future. Living in South Los Angeles has provided me with an insight into the

Antonio Nugent

California State University, Dominguez Hills

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As the stigmatization of mental health continues, I would like to help create a welcoming community, where we can change the societal perception of mental health in low income areas, such as South Central Los

Dayan Avalos

California State University, Long Beach

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For eighteen years I have run, played, learned, and breathed in a small home in South Los Angeles. A small green building dressed in rising vines and decorated with “Mi Casa es tu Casa” signs and mats. In this

Carlos Rendon

University of California, Berkeley

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Being born and raised in the ethnic melting pot that is Los Angeles has blessed me with a heightened level of cultural awareness. Living in a neighborhood where block parties include food from Ghana, music

Kumari Billings

New York University

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From the moment you are born, you’re bound to go through challenges. These trials that you go through impact your life in one way or another, whether it’s positive or negative. Those trials allow you to grow wiser and it shapes

Craig Mitchell-Sherman

California State University, San Francisco

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Growing up in South LA is not what it looks like in the movies. Most movies that depict South LA only show gangs, drugs, and crime. Although these may be realities in South LA, it’s not all that South LA has to offer. South LA

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Howard University

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I grew up in the West Athens section of South Los Angeles in California. The area in question is part of South Central Los Angeles; the reputation is not very lovely; legends have it that the South Central LA

David Okereke

University of California, Santa Barbara

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I have lived in South LA my whole life, specifically Compton, California. I have resided in the current SOLA apartments for 14 years. I consider those apartments and Compton to be my home. I believe that if I didn’t have

Jennifer Barragan

California State University, Long Beach

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