College Bound Graduates, The Journey Continues
Look out for information about the next College Bound Graduation Ceremony in late spring of 2015!
After fours years of high school, we said thank you and congratulations to our College Bound graduating seniors at the College Bound Celebration on May 29 at the Warner Grand Theatre.
For many of the students, going to college seems like a very difficult dream to accomplish. The rising cost of tuition, strict application requirements and distractions students face in high school push that dream further away. However, when students enter our College Bound centers at our San Pedro, Wilmington and Port of LA Clubs, they are provided with the resources and support they need to accomplish their dreams.
College Bound Celebration keynote speaker, Argelia Atilano of KLove Radio and Univision TV, has roots in our local community. She told attendees of seeing a young girl standing outside of an apartment building on Pacific Avenue in San Pedro near the apartment where she once lived. In that girl, Argelia said that she saw, “Argelia the dreamer,” who had no idea that she would one day be awarded a scholarship to Loyola Marymount University and develop a successful career as a radio and TV personality. It was a great reminder to our youth of how far they have come and all they will soon accomplish.
Cathy Choi of the Eisner Foundation receives an
artistic token of appreciation from our youth.
Executive Director Mike Lansing started the College Bound program in 2002 and has watched it grow into the program it is today, with over 300 high school seniors being honored at this year’s celebration. When addressing our graduating youth, he reminded them to “work harder and work smarter,” as they enter the next stage of their lives.
Congratulations College Bound graduates, class of 2014!
College Bound volunteer Kathy Logan (far right) is honored by
Mike Lansing, Board President Yvonne Bogdanovich and College Bound Director Yesenia Aguilar.
The College Bound Celebration also gives us the opportunity to thank supporters of the program. The Eisner Foundation which has provided funds essential to the expansion of College Bound through the years was given special recognition during the celebration. College Bound volunteer Kathy Logan was also honored for her dedication to our youth.
Thanks to our generous supporters, during the celebration we awarded $122,000 in scholarships to 46 graduating seniors making a significant impact in the lives of our graduates. Scholarships were donated by:
Charles Abbott Family Foundation
College Access Foundation
College Bound Alumni
Herb and Arlene Zimmer
Joe Rich Family Foundation
John Gogian Family Foundation
Palos Verdes Junior Women’s Club
Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club
San Pedro Rotary Club
Board member, Suzy Zimmerman of State Farm
Board member Suzy Zimmerman presented her own scholarship as well as scholarships from the
Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary where she serves as president.
For the first time, two of our College Bound alumni raised funds for a scholarship. Christian Velasquez, currently attending LMU, and David Rosales, currently attending CSU Stanislaus, with their scholarship recipient.