During the 18th Annual GLAAACC Education Fund and Foundation Luncheon Board President Angela Gibson-Shaw (L) present checks to scholarship recipients. L – R: Angela Gibson-Shaw, Scholarship recipients Daijon Bourne, Evelyn Boswell, Leslie Rodriguez, Sindel Donaldson, Keynote Speaker Daniel Armstrong. Scholarship recipients not pictured: Christian Boyd, Tiann Ingram, Ugonna Nwankwo and Jason Soberanis.


The 18th Annual GLAAACC Education Fund and Foundation Scholarship Luncheon was held on June 15 at the LA Hotel Downtown. The afternoon’s theme, “Superstars of Success,fit the occasion as eight college-bound seniors from Crenshaw, Dorsey, George Washington Preparatory, and Jordan High Schools were awarded with scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $6,000 to propel them into the next chapter of their bright futures.

GLAAACC Ed Fund Chairman David Ford emphasized the organization’s commitment to future business leaders.  “We must channel our energy into building a population of successful business leaders to create a better community for us all,” said Ford.

This year’s keynote speaker was Daniel Armstrong, the founder of the mentorship program, Find a Tree, founding chairman of the Coalition for a Free South Africa and a Ford Foundation Fellow. This dream coach, motivational speaker and published author delivered an inspiring keynote address in which he encouraged students to pursue their goals even if they have to “find a tree and start there” to bring their greatest dreams to fruition.

Each of the scholarship recipients demonstrated relentless pursuit of their educational aspirations. Sindel Donaldson, who began searching for computer science internships during her sophomore year of high school, hopes that she will “one day be able to look into the face of a young, poor African American girl and say, ‘Yes, it is possible to reach greater heights, and I am living proof of that.”

GLAAACC proudly continued in the long-standing tradition of awarding now more than $500,000 in scholarships to over 100 minority students from underserved communities. The “Superstars for Success” GLAAACC Ed Fund scholarship recipients are:

  • From Crenshaw High School:
    • Daijon Bourne, attending University of California, Berkeley in the fall
    • Tiann Ingram, attending Alabama A & M University in the fall
  • From Susan Miller Dorsey High School:
    • Christian Boyd, attending Norfolk State University in the fall
    • Sindel Donaldson, attending Amherst College in the fall
  • From George Washington Preparatory High School:
    • Evelyn Boswell, attending California State University, Northridge in the fall
    • Ugonna Nwankwo, attending Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall
  • From David Starr Jordan High School:
    • Leslie Rodriguez, attending California State University, Fullerton in the fall
    • Jason Soberanis, attending University of California, Los Angeles in the fall

To start the recipients on a solid financial foundation, they attended a four-hour financial literacy class facilitated by Xceed Financial where they learned the basics of time management, credit management and how to balance a check book.

At the end of the program, Scholarship Program Chair Eric Boyd reiterated GLAAACC Ed Fund’s long term investment in the scholarship recipients.  “Please know that today’s luncheon and the scholarship funds being awarded are just the beginning of the GLAAACC Foundation’s investment in our recipients and their future,” he said.  “We are here to stay for as long as these stellar youth wish to continue the relationship.”

The sponsors who provide the financial support that made the GLAAACC Education Fund Scholarship possible included Wells Fargo, Union Bank, Southern California Gas Company, Sempra Energy, Northrop Grumman, Honda, US Bank, Southern California Edison and CBS Outdoors.

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