Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles’ Section 3 Program awarded two scholarships to Section 3 Residents attending Cal Poly Pomona and Fullerton College. Both students live in HACLA’s public housing communities and come from low-income families. The scholarships were made possible by contribution from the Law Offices of Liebert Cassidy and Whitmore (LCW), a California based law firm. The firm 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.
Colleen Appleberry, is a former foster youth and a single mother of two young children who refuses to let her socioeconomic status define who she is. Colleen says that she had to “fight all odds to stay afloat and avoid negative youth paths,” yet never gave up on dreaming. She is currently attending Fullerton College majoring in Sociology and hopes to become a family therapist one day. Colleen lives at Nickerson Gardens public housing community and wants to set a good example for her kids and help the community.
Janalee Gomez graduated from Simon Tech High School in 2016 with a 4.15 GPA and AP courses in subjects such as Chemistry, Government and Macroeconomics. She will be attending Cal Poly Pomona. Janalee, like Colleen, is a first generation college student and is excited to start a new journey in her life. She comes from a single parent household in the low income housing community of Nickerson Gardens and feels very fortunate that she was able to break the stereotypes and looks forward to achieving her goals.
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