For the third year, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) Section 3 department awarded scholarships to 4 (four) public housing youth. The Scholarship Program was developed as part of HACLA’s Section 3 Program to provide additional economic opportunities to Section 3 residents. With the participation and an ongoing commitment of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore and Clark Hill law firms, HACLA awarded scholarships to deserving youth to help them with their college expenses. Both law firms are on HACLA’s legal panel providing the agency support in transactional and litigation matters.
Together with the law firms, HACLA selected the following students for 2018 Annual Section 3 Student Scholarships as they demonstrated exceptional commitment to education and their community:
Diana Gonzalez lives at Avalon Gardens and graduated from Pathways Community School this year with a 4.1 GPA. She was accepted to UC Riverside where she will start her freshman year majoring in sociology and minoring in mathematics. She is the oldest of 4 kids and is setting a great example for her siblings. Diana has been active in local nonprofits, held tutoring jobs and participated in the Summer Night Lights program.
Suleima Gonzales is also a resident of Avalon Gardens. She will be a junior at Cal State University Los Angeles. She comes from a single parent family and was a HACLA Project SOAR* participant. She is majoring in Civil Engineering, and joggling a full-time job with a full-time enrollment at Cal State LA.
Sergio Rosas grew up in William Mead homes. He is currently completing his Master's Program in Urban Studies at UC Irvine with a3.6 GPA. Sergio was recently an intern with HACLA and has volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club, LA Parks and Recreation. Sergio is a graduate student who is interested in affordable housing issues, economic development, and urban inequality. Sergio completed his undergraduate studies in Sociology at UC Santa Barbara.
Amanda Vest lives in Imperial Courts and her determination, dedication and hard work all paid off as she was accepted to UCLA. She will be a freshman this year. Amanda had an impressive 4.2 GPA in high school having taken AP courses since 9th grade. Amanda’s has been involved in many school and community organizations, including supporting women’s issues, participating in math and engineering clubs, being a HACLA intern in the past, and attending STEM academy. She has not missed a day of school since kindergarten.
Congratulations to all of the 2018 Scholarship Program winners and their families!
About Project SOAR*
Project SOAR (Students + Opportunities + Achievements = Results) is an intensive college guidance program targeted to youth ages 15-20 residing in participating public housing communities. Project SOAR is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Onsite Education Navigators will provide assistance to youth in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion, financial literacy and college readiness, post-secondary program applications and post-acceptance assistance as well as one-on-one counseling.
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