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Press Release - May 31, 2017

Five Durfee Family Scholarships Awarded to Local College-Bound Students

The Volunteer Center recently awarded five $800 Durfee Family Scholarships to local high school seniors to assist them with the cost of classes and materials during their first year of college. The following recipients were chosen in recognition of their commitment to their academic endeavors, while dedicating time to volunteering and serving their communities. 

  • Luis Ambriz - North Torrance High School, planning to attend California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Marcella Castro - Leuzinger High School, planning to attend California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Leilani Ferreras - Academies of Education and Empowerment, planning to attend University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Alejandra Guzman - Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy, planning to attend California State University, Northridge
  • Grace Ngwa - Leuzinger High School, planning to attend California State University, Chico

The Volunteer Center received applications from dozens of dedicated and deserving college-bound students. The five students selected not only embodied the mission of the Volunteer Center and dedicated themselves to improving their community, but each maintained a positive attitude despite dealing with their own unique set of challenges. 

The recipients were all described as hard-working students who were intellectually-engaged and challenged themselves to succeed. They each led by example and served as role models, striving to motivate others while making a positive impact on society. 

The Durfee Family Scholarships were established in 1998 thanks to a generous endowment gift made by the late Ev Durfee, a prior Volunteer Center Board Member and longtime supporter.


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