Long Beach Affordable Housing Coalition (LBAHC) Awards $22,000 in Scholarships

Fifth annual scholarship program provides scholarships to offset
educational costs

The Long Beach Affordable Housing Coalition (LBAHC) distributed $22,000 in scholarships in our fifth annual program (2016). Recipients include residents of LBAHC properties as well as three members of the Freedom Writers Foundation, an organization that focuses on four main components: teaching training, curriculum, scholarship and outreach.

2016 scholarship LBAHC resident recipients include Nora Amaral, Alexandria Jackson, Juan Garcia, Lilibeth Quinteros, Shanga Jordan, Rhyon Mack, Jonathan Davis, Nykolas Sanchez, Stefan Mitchell. Freedom Writer Foundation recipients include Ricardo Gonzalez, Rael Robinson, and Esmeralda Agredano-Salazar.

Scholarship recipients are currently attending the Healthy Hair Academy;  Marian College;  School of Nursing at Long Beach City College; Cerritos Community College; California State University, Fresno; Humboldt State University; and California State University, Long Beach.

LBAHC created the scholarship program to reinvest in the community and the non-profit’s residents.  This year the program expanded to include participants in The Freedom Writers Foundation, a non-profit created to inspire young, underprivileged students to pick up pens instead of guns. The first 150 Freedom Writers attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach and were taught by the organization’s founder, Erin Gruwell.

“We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of this year’s scholarship recipients who are pursuing a degrees ranging from nursing to supply chain management,” said Jonathan Newsom, executive director of Long Beach Affordable Housing Coalition. “This year we included three scholars working with The Freedom Writers Foundation as our relationship with the organization is growing.”

The primary goal of the LBAHC scholarship program is to offer financial assistance to qualifying residents for educational purposes. To qualify, LBAHC residents must be at least 16 years of age and possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Applications are currently open to current residents for the 2017 scholarships. Get more information by contacting us at apply (at) lbahc (dot) org. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2017.