May 2, 2016
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They say it takes a village to raise a child. At the Richmond Young Scholars Reception last week, which was sponsored by the Richmond Police Activities League (RPAL), the Richmond community did just that, with local organizations and businesses awarding college scholarships to 25 deserving local high school seniors.

Along with RPAL, Chevron Richmond, Kaiser Permanente, AAA Insurance Company, the Kiwanis Club of Richmond and the Richmond Police Officers Association were among the local companies and organizations to honor Richmond students for their hard work with a scholarship for their freshman year of college.

Both personal and association scholarships were awarded.

“Many of the students are the first in their family to attend,” said Michelle Denise Milam, crime prevention manager.

A reception and awards ceremony was held at DeJean Middle School on Thursday.

The full list of awards follow:

Chevron Black History Awareness Committee Scholarship Fund $1,250 – $3,000 per student: Garvey Buchongo; Arnold Dimas; Marlon Creswell; Sydnea Booker

The Chevron Richmond Black History Awareness Committee (a subcommittee of the Chevron Richmond Black Employee Network group) provides scholarships to high school students from the West Contra Costa Unified School District that have demonstrated scholastic achievement, community involvement and leadership skills. Funding for the scholarships comes from the Chevron Richmond Refinery Public Affairs Dept. and is given on behalf of Dr. Bill King who was a pioneer at the Chevron Richmond Technology Center and recognized for his tireless dedication to youth. Dr. Bill King is a distinguished African American Chevron employee of 27+ years (he retired in 2003) who served as a Chevron recruiter, mentor and community activist. Chevron is committed to making educational investments in this community and these scholarships provide an excellent opportunity to celebrate the academic achievements and success of these students.

Chevron SOMOS Employee Network Group Scholarship Fund $1,000 per student: LaTanya Stewart; Alejandro Hernandez; Marleni Albarran; Izabel Rodriquez; Stefan Moskowitz; Menfil Gomez; Salma Ramirez Aguilar; Andrea Walle

The Chevron Richmond SOMOS-Latin American and Hispanic Employee Network scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who have demonstrated scholastic achievement, community involvement, and leadership skills. All applicants must have an overall minimum GPA of 2.5 and be a student in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Each student must complete the application packet and submit a 500-750 word typed essay along with a letter of recommendation. Chevron Richmond Public Affairs Dept. provides the funding for this wonderful opportunity and is proud to support college bound high school seniors in their academic pursuits.

Police Officer Carman Santana“Strive for Success”Scholarship $500 per student: Menfil Gomez

The“Strive for Success”Public Scholarship was established by Richmond Police Officer Carmen Santana to assist students pursuing a career in public service. The scholarship aims to help Richmond youth who are hard- working and dedicated to making a difference in their communities.

Richmond Police Activities League/Hal Holt Fund $1,000 per student: Dakari Sams; Cameron James; Karier Bryant; Victoria Sims

This scholarship is being funded through the Hal Holt Memorial Fund. Mr. Holt was one of the founders of Richmond PAL and was the President of the PAL Board of Directors from 1982 to 2000. He believed strongly in helping others; he especially believed in young people helping themselves.

Kaiser Permanente $1,000 per student: Martha Chavez

Kaiser Permanente is an integrated managed care consortium, based in Oakland, California, United States, founded in 1945 by industrialist Henry J. Kaiser and physician Sidney Garfield. Kaiser Permanente is made up of three distinct groups of entities: the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and its regional operating subsidiaries; Kaiser Foundation Hospitals; and the autonomous regional Permanente Medical Groups.

Coach Edward T. Lambert Memorial Scholarship $750 per student: Crystal Carter, Marcel Hines

The Edward T. Lambert (“Coach Lamb”) Memorial Scholarship provides scholarship to student-athletes at De Anza High School, interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree. The scholarship was designed to honor Edward’s life and to make sure his dream and hard work of making sure student-athletes in the inner city of Richmond have the opportunity he had to go to college.

Richmond Police Chief Allwyn Brown Scholarship $500 per student: Nikki Couvson

The Chief Brown Leadership Award is presented by the Chief to students who demonstrate leadership in the face of adversity and strive exemplify leadership to their community and peers.

Kiwanis Club of Richmond $1000 per student: Melissa Garibay

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Some objectives of Kiwanis is to encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships; to develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship; to give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life. Each year, the Kiwanis Club of Richmond Scholarship is given to a high school student who fulfills our objectives through their everyday life.

AAA Insurance Company $500 per student: Guadalupe Gaitan; Isidro Soria
AAA Mission to serve AAA members & clubs by making insurance simple, proactive and personal. Also helping students achieve their higher education.

Richmond Police Officer Association $500 per student: Izabel Rodriquez

The Richmond Police Officers Association Scholarship Program is a part of an ongoing effort to improve the quality of law enforcement profession in California. To give young people from within our community a chance to improve their lives through a quality education. The Scholarship Program was developed from a strong sense of commitment to young people and communities from whom they come.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.