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May 30, 2007
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Rotary Club Scholarship Sends Carson High Students to CSU Dominguez Hills

Carson, CA – California State University, Dominguez Hills and The Rotary Club of Carson-Gardena-Dominguez have combined efforts to provide scholarship assistance to Carson High School students who will be pursuing their higher education goals at CSU Dominguez Hills.

A scholarship fund was established 11 years ago by past Rotary Club president Frank DeSantis, with endowments made in memory of former Rotarians Barbara and Fred Bien, Roy Carroll, Bob and Ruth Dunbar, and Hal Herring. An additional endowment by the Watson Cogeneration Company and matching contributions by the university and its Foundation help to complete the two-year scholarships of $500 per semester, per student.

The four scholarship recipients this year are Alberto Campos, Alfredo Perez, Da’Johnai Polite and Ana Linda Velasquez.

Campos possesses a great passion for the study of history and considers his history teachers to be among the best educators he has ever had. Inspired by them, he hopes to one day teach history at the high school level. A gifted artist, he recently created the official poster for the Carson High Farmers Market, and has his artwork displayed throughout the high school campus, including the student newspaper, the Trailblazer. Tackling several AP classes, he carries a 3.45 GPA and works part time at Carl’s Jr.

Perez says the turning point in his life was his 16th summer when he realized the endless opportunities that a college education would give him. Encouraged by Carson High School counselor Honey Koletty, Perez plans to complete his college education and become an engineer. He says his strength lies in being able to interact with lots of different people and staying focused on his goals. He has a 3.66 GPA and trains in boxing outside of school.

A foster child, Polite is very motivated to attend college and become a social worker. Through her participation in ROTC, she was recently promoted to the rank of cadet major, which is the battalion commander in charge of all the cadets. She is the first African American female to hold this position at Carson High. Juggling numerous responsibilities, she maintains a 3.0 GPA while working at Chili’s part time.

Working hard to overcome her learning disabilities, Velasquez has a 3.30 GPA and is involved in many extracurricular activities. Her main motivation for attending college is to become an elementary school teacher and to set a positive example for her sister. Voted “Best All-Around Senior” by her government class, Velasquez does a lot of volunteer work with elementary schools and service clubs, and enjoys salsa dancing.

All the recipients of the scholarship were officially admitted into Cal State Dominguez Hills prior to receiving the scholarship. They will be expected to become active members of the South Bay Rotaract Club, a service club for young men and women that fosters leadership and responsible citizenship, encourages high ethical standard and promotes international understanding. They will be required to attend one Rotary Club meeting each semester to report the progress made toward achieving their educational goals.

Kent Gibson, executive director, Dominguez Hills Foundation, is a former vice president of the Rotary Club of Carson-Gardena-Dominguez. He is proud of the university’s involvement in the scholarship as evidence of collaboration between an institution and its surrounding community.

“They’re great students,” he says. “And this is a great show of community support for the university because it happens right here in Carson.”

For more information on scholarships through the Rotary Club of Carson-Gardena-Dominguez, contact Honey Koletty, Carson High School at (310) 835-0181; yanangko@lausd.k12.ca.us or Christine Mark, secretary, Rotary Club of Carson-Gardena-Dominguez, at (310) 816-8810; christine.mark@bp.com.

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Last updated May 30, 2007, 4:00 p.m.
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