Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles’ Section 3 Program awarded four scholarships to Section 3 Residents attending. The scholarships were made possible by contribution from the Law Offices of Liebert Cassidy and Whitmore (LCW), and Clark Hill, LLP. The firms made a commitment to provide two scholarships per contract year to public housing youth in support of HACLA’s Section 3 Program since employment and training opportunities were not feasible to satisfy Section 3 requirements. The recipients of the scholarship can use the money towards paying college tuition and for books.
The following students were presented the awards for 2018 Annual Section 3 Student Scholarships for demonstrating a true commitment to education and their community.
Diana Gonzalez lives at Avalon Gardens and graduated from Pathaways 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 Summer Night Lights program.
Suleima Gonzales is also a resident of Avalon Gardens, not related to Diana though. 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 masters program in Urban Studies at UC Irvine with a 3.6 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 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. Amanda has not missed a day of school since kindergarten.
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