It’s the de riguer Richmond event of the spring season featuring 430 guests of honor—and you’re cordially invited to attend.
The Richmond Promise, a community wide College Scholarship Fund and College Success Program, welcomes the community to its second annual “Scholars Celebration” Thursday, May 25, 2017, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Richmond Civic Center Auditorium, 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond.
“The Richmond Promise Scholars Celebration is a community-wide event to name and recognize the Richmond Promise Scholars who are owning their future and pursuing their dreams of higher education, recognize our civic and educational partners critical to their success,” Jessie Stewart, executive director of the Richmond Promise program, told For Richmond.
“Students are encouraged to bring family members and community members are encouraged to join,” Stewart added. “It is one visible way in which we hope to contribute to build a college going and graduating culture throughout the City of Richmond.”
According to Stewart, 430 student scholarships will be awarded this year to graduating, college-bound high school students who applied during the program’s open application period. To qualify, students must be Richmond/North Richmond residents (for four years or more); must be graduating from a high school within the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) boundaries; and must have attended a local school since the 9th grade.
Scholarship amounts for students can range from $1,500 per college year up to $6,000 total.
Scholars Celebration activities will kick off that evening at 5 p.m. with food, music and a college resource fair, followed by the main award ceremony at 6 p.m.
Richmond Mayor Tom Butt will welcome attendees and will be followed by a host of engaging speakers that will include For Richmond’s very own Demnlus Johnson, who is assigned to work as a WCCUSD school community outreach worker at Richmond High School, and who will serve as a keynote speaker.
Omar Mendoza, a 2016 graduate of El Cerrito High School and a student at Contra Costa College, will be the scholar alumnus keynote speaker, while Elexis Webster, who will graduate Kennedy High School in 2017 and who will attend UC San Diego, will serve as this year’s student keynote speaker.
Distinguished community leaders Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, Contra Costa College President Mojdeh Mehdizadeh and Chevron Public Affairs Manager Patty Cannessa will take turns introducing the student scholars on stage.
The 2017 Richmond Promise scholars hail from the following high schools: Aspire Richmond College Preparatory; DeAnza High School; El Cerrito High School; Greenwood Academy; Hercules High School; Kennedy High School; Leadership Public Schools; Making Waves Academy; Middle College High School; Pinole Valley High School; Richmond High School; Salesian College Preparatory; and Vista High School.
The Richmond Promise program was born of a commitment by Chevron Richmond to invest $35 million over a 10 year period to fund post-secondary education for local students; it was made as part of the Environmental and Community Investment Agreement when the Richmond City Council approved the Chevron Modernization Project in July 2014.
The event is free, but space is limited. RSVP online to confirm attendance. Questions? Send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-761-7231.
-Kathy Chouteau, email@example.com