Joselyn Perales, a student at Los Angeles Unified School District’s Reseda High School, has been awarded this year’s top scholarship from the Warren Christopher Scholarship Fund.
Receiving the $20,000 Warren Christopher Scholarship, which is paid at graduation, was literally a dream-come-true for the 16-year-old sophomore at Reseda High School’s LAPD Police Academy Magnet. The school is also a Law and Public Service Magnet, and this is the first time an LAPD Police Academy Magnet student at the school has been honored with the scholarship. Up to 15 additional scholarships are awarded annually in the district at lower amounts.
Selected from literally thousands of applicants, Perales had to write an essay about her need for the scholarship, her challenges growing up and her educational aspirations. One of the unique features of the scholarship program, which began in 1994, is that it’s issued to sophomores, a student group that generally receives less attention. And for young students with ambitions of higher education, it acts as a powerful tool of confidence and motivation, keeping them on track to achieve their goals.
Faculty members are very proud of Perales. “Her essay was really compelling about the obstacles she has overcome to be a success,” said Reseda High School Magnet Coordinator Alise Cayen.
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