ELAC Foundation Awards Record Number of Scholarships for Spring 2023

June 1st, 2023
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ELAC Foundation Awards Record Number of Scholarships for Spring 2023

MONTEREY PARK, CA-East Los Angeles College (ELAC) awarded 242 scholars $199,867 in scholarships for Spring 2023 marking the greatest number of scholarships awarded in a single semester at ELAC. The scholars joined ELAC President Alberto J. Román, Los Angeles Community College District 1st Vice President Nichelle Henderson, The ELAC Foundation President Marissa Castro-Salvati, and others for a celebration ceremony last week.

These scholarships are managed and dispersed by the East Los Angeles College Foundation and they showcase an extraordinary commitment to education and empowering the next generation of leaders. The ELAC Foundation also announced a new endowment which will be another opportunity for ELAC students who need financial support for their academic goals.

The new endowment, “The Reyna Valadez We Champion ELAC Scholars Scholarship,” is named after the founder of Communities of San Gabriel Valley Project Access and an adjunct professor at ELAC, Ms. Reyna Valadez. A proud Husky, Ms. Valadez is the newly elected Vice President of the ELAC Foundation Board of Directors and the ELAC Alumni Association Board member. She has over 20 years of public policy, non-profit leadership, and community development.

The scholarship is designed to tackle the broad opportunities and challenges facing our communities, like urbanization, inequalities, intergenerational disadvantages, demographic shifts, environmental changes, and economically distressed neighborhoods; the Communities of San Gabriel Valley Project Access works to help eliminate barriers and create opportunities for change. To learn more about the scholarship, please visit https://elacfoundation.com/the-reyna-valadez-we-champion-elac-scholars-scholarship/

"I am very proud of all the students who were awarded scholarships and am excited to see new scholarship opportunities for all students. Our students’ unwavering dedication, commitment to excellence, and pursuit of knowledge embody the values we hold dearly at East Los Angles College. Each scholarship recipient represents the promise of a brighter future and the potential to make a lasting difference in our world," stated ELAC President Dr. Alberto J. Roman.

"We are thrilled and humbled by the incredible support we have received for our scholarship event," said Marissa Castro-Salvati, President of the ELAC Foundation. "This record-breaking achievement not only speaks volumes about the generosity of our community, but also reflects our collective belief in the power of education to transform lives. Through these scholarships, we are empowering deserving students to unlock their full potential and make a lasting impact in their communities and beyond."

The ELAC Foundation Board would like to thank all the ELAC Scholarship Committee members for their time, effort, and dedication to the scholarship selection process. Their selfless commitment to this task exemplifies the values of our institution and embodies the spirit of generosity and opportunity that lies at the heart of our scholarship program.

About East Los Angeles College: ELAC is the largest of nine two-year community colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), www.laccd.edu. More information about ELAC is available online at http://www.elac.edu/. Follow ELAC on social media, Facebook @Eastlacollege, Twitter @Eastlacollege, and Instagram @ELACHuskies.