23 Santa Ana High School Students Graduate and Receive Scholarships

The Higher Education Mentoring Program graduated 23 of its participants, all Santa Ana high school seniors, on May 20; sending them all off to colleges across the state with scholarships in hand!

It was a wonderful send-off with family, OCBF board members, and Presiding Judge Margines and his wife, and assistant Presiding Judge Saunders and her husband in attendance, as well as retired Judge Francisco Firmat, the Keynote Speaker. The event was held at the Chuck Jones Studio in Costa Mesa.

All graduates of the program completed an 18-month college prep curriculum, which provided monthly workshops addressing topics like- writing your personal statement, completing the FAFSA, choosing a college campus & major. Additionally participants were given campus tours of local universities and participated in Q&A forums with current college students and college representatives. The Higher Education Mentoring Program matched each participant with a mentor, a young professional who completed his/her secular education and was able to guide his/her mentee through the college application process and give support and encouragement. Participants will be tracked throughout their undergraduate studies and will receive ongoing college support services for four- plus years and afterwards career development services. 

The Higher Education Mentoring Program is currently working with 97 Santa Ana Latino students enrolled in college and has assisted 72 participants to complete a BA/BS degree with 12 participants also earning a Master’s degree.

For more information on the Higher Education Mentoring Program, please contact Martha Madrid at mmadrid@ocbarfoundation.org or call 714 480-1925 X107.