The Scholarship Fund is the capstone of the Club’s efforts of making higher education a reality for our young people. The Club’s goal with the Scholarship Fund is to provide members attending a higher education institute with significant financial support. As the Club continues to serve its young people on their academic journey, it is our goal to not only educate our members on higher education but also secured scholarship moneys so that higher education can become a reality for them.
YOU can play a vital role in sending our young people to college by supporting the Scholarship Fund today! 100% of the Scholarship Fund proceeds go directly to awarding deserving Boys & Girls Clubs members financial aid in order to realize the academic dreams.
Youth of the Year Ambassador Isabel Cruz, a high school sophomore, credits Boys & Girls Clubs for helping her realize her passion for writing and motivating her to do better in school.
“Before joining the Boys & Girls Club, I got terrible grades and didn’t care much for school and didn’t want anything to do with it,” she says. “But joining the Club, and seeing so many kids want to do well in school and want to go to college and get a great start on life, made me want better for myself and try my hardest in school.”
A friend she made at the Club encouraged her blossoming desire to write. She wants to be like “The Fault in Our Stars” author John Green, or become a journalist. Her goal is to attend UC Berkeley.
She hopes she can inspire teenagers to stop name calling and stereotyping.
At risk for not graduating high school on time, Youth of the Year Ambassador Karla Ponce came to Boys & Girls Clubs hoping to refocus. Today Karla, a high school senior, says, “The Club has helped me stay focused on school and motivated me to go to college.”
Karla is also active at the Club as a volunteer and Junior Staff member. She wants to be a radiologist and positive role model for youth.
“My time at the Boys & Girls Club is well spent. Instead of being bored, I can go to the Club and learn things about college, community service, and knowing how to be a lady in the future,” she says.
Youth of the Year Ambassador Adrian Raquel Chavez was only concerned with hanging out with her friends when she began coming to the Club, and was getting Cs and Ds in school.
Over the next several years, Club staff pushed Adrian to change her priorities. She earned As and Bs, and became a leader in the Club. Now, as a high school junior, Adrian plans to attend college and pursue a career in law enforcement.
She is committed to caring for the environment, and fighting bullying and teen suicide.
“We have to put an end to bullying now – if not, people will cut themselves, be mean to other people or sadly end their lives to try to get away from it,” she says. “Before you speak, think of what you are doing – a wrong word can end someone’s life.”