Did you know women make up just 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs, fewer than 19% of all members of Congress, and less than 25% of the STEM workforce?
While these numbers are staggering, at Girls Inc. of Orange County girls are exposed to female role models who show girls that they too can lead in any field. Through their example, girls learn what it takes to break past barriers and gain valuable leadership skills they can apply in school and use to transform their communities.
On June 5, 2015 Girls Inc. will celebrate all of the girls who have participated in Girls Inc. programming, many since kindergarten, and those who are now moving on to college at their annual fundraising dinner, My Bold Future. Many of these girls are the first in their families to pursue higher education. The event will be held at the headquarters of Girls Inc. of Orange County’s 60th Anniversary Partner and My Bold Future Title Sponsor, Kia Motors America, in Irvine, CA. Kia Motors America will also present three girls with scholarship awards live at the event.
The goal of My Bold Future is to raise much needed funds to provide full and partial Girls Inc. program scholarships to Orange County girls. During the college-inspired evening, graduating Girls Inc. seniors will be showered with baskets of college necessities to ensure they start school on the right foot and will dine with hundreds of Orange County’s most generous philanthropists.
The event will recognize Girls Inc. of Orange County’s 2015 scholarship recipients while guests enjoy a three-course meal, as well as entertainment and silent and live auctions. This year, over $130,000 in scholarships have been awarded to Girls Inc. program participants and alumnae to continue their educational journey and pursue higher education.
These awards are available exclusively to Girls Inc. of Orange County members through the national Girls Incorporated organization, with the exception of the Nicholas R. Reed and Kia Motors America scholarships. The Nicholas R. Reed Scholarship Fund was established by a local philanthropist in honor of her late husband to help disadvantaged girls attend Girls Inc. programming and pursue higher education. The 2015 scholarship recipients include:
Strong, Smart & Bold Scholarship Winners
- Isabel Cruz (8th Grade, Mendez Fundamental Intermediate)- $500
- Lola Lazarra (4th Grade, Newport Heights Elementary School)- $100
- Alyisa Rodrigues (8th Grade, Masuda Middle School)- $500
Nicholas R. Reed Scholarship Winners
- Valeria Castaneda (11th Grade, Costa Mesa High School)- $2,500
- Kristin Law (11th Grade, Fountain Valley High School)- $2,500
- Vanessa Moran (11th Grade, Ocean View High School)- $2,500
- Ana Navarro (11th Grade, Estancia High School)- $2,500
- Kimberly Velasquez (12th Grade, Estancia High School)- $2,500
Girls Incorporated National Scholars
- Graciela Gonzalez (12th Grade, Estancia High School)- $20,000
- Valeria Meza (12th Grade, Beckman High School)- $5,000
- Arelly Ocampo (12th Grade, Estancia High School)- $20,000
- Yaritza Sandoval (12th Grade, Estancia High School)- $20,000
Girls Incorporated Alumnae Collegiate Scholars
- Andria Azevedo (Sophomore, Santa Ana College)- $10,000
- Natalie Camacho (Sophomore, Cal State University Fullerton)- $15,000
- Grace Guido (Junior, Cal State University Fullerton)- $10,000
- Jennifer Torres (Freshman, Cal State University Long Beach)- $10,000
The Girls Incorporated National and Alumnae Collegiate Scholars are awarded through The Pearl Fund, established in 2013 by fashion designer Georgina Chapman and JCPenney in partnership with Girls Inc. Many of the scholars listed above will be speaking about the impact Girls Inc. has made on their lives at “My Bold Future.”
According to Natalie Camacho, Girls Inc. Alumnae Collegiate Scholars and “My Bold Future” keynote speaker: “Girls Inc. opened up a whole different world that I did not know existed. They stood by my side when no one else did… I am proud to say I am the first in my family to attend a four-year university.”
Girls Inc. graduates like Natalie embody values and character traits that younger Girls Inc. girls emulate. In all-girl, supportive environments, girls are empowered to seek leadership roles that prepare them for life after Girls Inc. This year, Girls Inc. of Orange County girls received the most scholarship awards in its history. Of this, Girls Inc. of Orange County CEO Lucy Santana stated: “It’s very rewarding to see our girls continuously excel.
At Girls Inc., girls learn to be leaders in every aspect of their lives, building skills and confidence they carry into their academic and professional careers. We are excited to celebrate this year’s Girls Inc. graduates and scholars at ‘My Bold Future,’ as well as the younger girls following in their footsteps.”
This article was released by Girls Inc. of Orange County.