Long Beach Rotary Scholarship Foundation Increases Scholarship Amounts During Difficult Economic Times

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rotary-scholarship-found increased scholarship dollarsThe Long Beach Rotary Scholarship Foundation announced on Sunday, June 27, 2010, that they will increase the award amounts for their college scholarships at both California State University Long Beach and Long Beach City College, effective Fall 2010.

“In this difficult economic period, we have increased our commitment to Long Beach area youth by increasing our offerings,” said Frank Newell, Chair of the Long Beach Rotary Scholarship Foundation. “We are proud not only to continue offering scholarships to students during these uncertain times, but to step up and increase the scholarship values when they are needed most.”

The Foundation, which offers a variety of scholarships for both high school graduates and pre-existing college students at CSULB and LBCC, has notably increased the general scholarship offerings from $1,200 to $1,500 per year at CSULB and $650 to $800 per year at LBCC. Additional scholarship programs at both schools have also increased. The Millennium Scholarships, offered to existing CSULB students, are increasing from $1,200 to $1,500 per year. At LBCC, scholarship recipients who maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average will receive increases from $700 to $900 per year. Students who maintain a 3.5 or above grade point average at LBCC will receive increases from $1,000 to $1,200 per year.

During the 2010/2011 school year, the Foundation will offer $222,000 in scholarships at CSULB, assisting 139 students. At LBCC, the Foundation will offer $103,000 in scholarships supporting 123 students.

“Long Beach City College sincerely thanks Long Beach Rotary for its long time commitment of being the largest scholarship donor for our students,” said LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “The scholarships will greatly assist students who are being affected by the rising costs of textbooks and other expenses.”

“Over the years Long Beach Rotary has supported thousands of students through scholarships and ongoing assistance. Long Beach Rotary truly understands the significance of providing high quality education opportunities and in building the human capital infrastructure of Long Beach. We continue to be very grateful for their support and many efforts,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander.

The Long Beach Rotary Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, was established by Long Beach Rotarians in 1963. The mission of the Long Beach Rotary Scholarship Foundation is to help financially aid average and above-average achieving students who are legal residents of the City of Long Beach to attend Long Beach City College or California State University Long Beach in order to prepare themselves in their chosen fields of work. It is the Foundation’s goal to provide resources to as many students as possible who might otherwise not qualify for a scholarship but who have the desire to learn and to become responsible and productive adult citizens.

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