Payson Wolff 26th Annual Scholarship Awards Event

On June 19th thirty-six clients of El Nido were awarded scholarships while their families, El Nido staff, and donors gathered to support their achievement. Go East LA graciously hosted the luncheon event on campus at California State University of Los Angeles.

The event opened with words of encouragement from the keynote speaker Dr. Jessica Morales-Chicas Assistant Professor in the Department of Children and Family Studies at Cal State LA. Following this was an inspirational testimony given by Carlos Cruz a former client of El Nido who turned his life around from gang violence to now being accepted into a PhD program at UC Santa Cruz.

Each recipient received their awards as their academic achievements and involvement with El Nido and communities were highlighted by their donors. This year two additional awards were given out as the “John Abel Spirit of Giving Awards”. These were given to two recipients who displayed constant involvement in El Nido programs and their communities, while also maintaining high grades consistently. These awards were provided by multiple donors whom are friends of a long time board member and supporter of El Nido, John Abel. John has contributed greatly to the success of El Nido throughout the years both financially and through his advisement.

There were four previous recipients who graduated last year (Araceli Gonzalez, Myrna Compean, Andrea Garcia, and Carolina Torres) and they were acknowledged for their great achievements.

Abigail Marquez, Director of Community Relations for First 5 LA closed the event with congratulatory remarks and appreciation for the families and donors supporting our Scholars. Overall the event was inspirational and a great way for the recipients to gain information and advice from the El Nido Alumni. Thank you to everyone who contributed in making the event a success.

Check out these segments from El Nido’s Scholarship Luncheon that aired on ABC7 and NBC4:

http://abc7.com/education/at-risk-la-students-getpathway- to-college/3624046/

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/multimedia/From- Gang-Member-to-PHD-Student-485977911.html