We are proud to announce the winners of the 2022 A Bridge for Kids College Scholarship. Each year we recognize and support low-income high school seniors throughout San Diego who have excelled in academics, athletics and/or the arts during their high school years. This year over $20,000 in funding was granted to low income, high achieving seniors who are committed to attending a four-year college. Funds are intended to provide financial support for college expenses, including but not limited to tuition, books, housing deposits, transportation, and expenses relating to dorm living.
Applicants were asked to supply information including their highs school transcript, standardized test scores, and college they plan to attend. Additionally, they were asked to provide one mandatory essay answering the prompt: A Bridge for Kids helps level the playing field for low income teens by supporting their academic, athletic and artistic endeavors. In 500 words or less, please explain how you have achieved excellence in any of these areas. Feel free to submit or list any supporting material such as athletic awards, art you have created or any academic recognition you have received as a supplemental exhibit to your essay. Students were also given the opportunity to answer an optional essay of no more than 200 words stating: Describe what financial needs you expect to have during your first year of college and how this scholarship would help you address them.
Applications were judged by a panel and winners were chosen based on the following criteria:
- Adherence to application requirements.
- Strength of evidence demonstrating participation in and achievements obtained in academic, athletic, and/or artistic programs.
- Essay content and clarity.
After a difficult deliberation of applications representing over 15 San Diego high schools, we are excited to announce the following recipients of the 3rd Annual A Bridge for Kids College Scholarship:
$3,500 Scholarship Awarded to:
- Meliya Russom – The Preuss School, UCSD- Attending UCLA
- Leonardo Maya-Ramos – The Preuss School, UCSD- California Polytechnic State University
- Shannon Yeow – Otay Ranch High School- Princeton
- Lilian Huynh – The Preuss School, UCSD- USC
- Abigail Alemayeho – The Preuss School, UCSD- Stanford
- Bezalel Aboye– The Preuss School, UCSD- University of Virginia
Congratulations to all of our Scholarship recipients and to all applicants for their college acceptances.
Thank you to all of those ABFK supporters and donors, as without your support, we would not have been able to finance this Scholarship Program.