On Saturday, May 14, Club families came together to celebrate the College Bound graduation and scholarship ceremony for the Class of 2022 at the historical Bowers Museum in Santa Ana.

College Bound is a college and career readiness program that works to ensure high school students graduate on time with a customized plan for their future. Since 2014, our Club has helped over 10,000 students in our school partner sites in Santa Ana, Orange, and Newport-Mesa Unified School Districts prepare for their post-secondary education.

The majority of the teens we serve are first generation college students and come from predominantly low-income to middle-class households. So to ensure our College Bound members achieve their academic and higher educational goals, their Academic Advisors help them prepare for scholarship opportunities and mentor them through the college application process

Our College Bound Scholarship program provides members the opportunity to receive financial assistance that will assist in overcoming the financial burden associated with accessing a higher education.

This year, with the support from our Club community and corporate partners, we awarded over $140,000 in scholarships to 44 deserving members. Profit Recovery Partners partnered with our Club to award $40,000 to 4 graduating seniors and 4 College Bound Alumni members, and Pacific Life Foundation awarded $25,000 to 10 graduating seniors. Other supporters of this year’s scholarship program include Anne MacPherson, the Argyros Family, and Keith Hall & Nicole Carrillo Hall.

Our College Bound members come from all different backgrounds and walks of life, yet all have a similar goal in mind, to achieve their higher educational goals no matter the obstacle.

In addition to the College Bound Scholarships, a few of our members were also awarded scholarships from our community partners. Two members, a future historian and a future mechatronics engineer, were both awarded a 4-year renewable gap scholarship from the Angels Scholars Award program from the Angels and Angels Baseball Foundation. While another member received $10,000 through the Live Más Scholarship from the Taco Bell Foundation, to assist in achieving her goal of becoming a civil engineer.

Since the beginning, we have awarded over $400,000 in College Bound scholarships and helped students secure over $6.5 million in additional scholarships and financial assistance. This could not be possible without the support of our partners and community. To make a gift toward our College Bound program and make an impact in students’ lives just like these, please consider making a gift or contact David Blair.