CLBC Selects 40 High School and College Students Statewide for Highly Competitive ‘CLBC California Scholars’ Program

July 22, 2015

‘Scholars’ receive a $2,500 financial assistance scholarship and a HP laptop computer.

SACRAMENTO – The twelve-member California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) today named its CLBC California Scholars for 2015, which comprised of a group of 40 deserving high school and college students determined to achieve their post-secondary educational goals.

The CLBC California Scholars selected this year for the highly competitive statewide program will receive a $2,500 CLBC California Scholars Financial Assistance Scholarship and a Hewlett Packard laptop computer.

CLBC Chair, Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer said, “The CLBC is proud to continue to support young scholars in their pursuit of higher education by providing them with a scholarship that can help them overcome some of the monetary hurdles that may block their pathway to graduation and successful careers.”

“The CLBC California Scholars 2015 program received over 200 amazing applicants whose incredible stories of perseverance and determination are a clear indicator that the future of our State is in good hands. Even though we could only provide 40 scholarships this year, the quality of the applications have renewed in us a desire to do more, so we can offer more scholarships in the future,” he added.

Each CLBC member selected two deserving college-bound high school students or college attendees from applicants representing their legislative districts. Sixteen additional students were selected from this year’s statewide list of CLBC California Scholars program applicants. Please see list below.

ASSEMBLYMEMBER REGINALD JONES-SAWYER (D-59)

  • Kamerie Gibson – Admitted: San Jose State University
  • Justin Griffin – Admitted: University of Nevada, Reno

ASSEMBLYMEMBER CHERYL BROWN (D-47)

  • Jahmil Brown – Admitted: The King’s College
  • Nidirah Stephens – Admitted: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

ASSEMBLYMEMBER AUTUMN BURKE (D-62)

  • Christaun Mims – Admitted: California State University - Northridge
  • Morgan Penzella – Admitted: Loyola Marymount University

ASSEMBLYMEMBER JIM COOPER (D-9)

  • Adrienne Davis – Admitted: Dominican University of California
  • Devin Jasper – Admitted: San Jose State University

ASSEMBLYMEMBER MIKE GIPSON (D-64)

  • Asia Bingaman –Admitted: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Jabari Stokes – Admitted: San Diego State University

SENATOR ISADORE HALL, III (D-35)

  • Alexandria Elam – Admitted: Santa Monica College
  • Shernae Hughes – Attending: University of Southern California (USC)

ASSEMBLYMEMBER CHRIS HOLDEN (D-41)

  • Ruby Dyson – Admitted: Ithaca College
  • Braxton Williams – Admitted: University of Oregon

ASSEMBLYMEMBER KEVIN MCCARTY (D-7)

  • DaMonte Jones – Admitted: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Aaliyah Parker – Admitted: University of California Berkeley

SENATOR HOLLY MITCHELL (D-30)

  • Gabrielle Dancy – Admitted: University of California Davis
  • Temiloluwa Salako – Admitted: University of California Davis

ASSEMBLYMEMBER SEBASTIAN RIDLEY-THOMAS (D-54)

  • Jocelyn Cash –Admitted: Xavier University of Louisiana
  • William Russell, Jr Admitted: California State University - Northridge

ASSEMBLYMEMBER TONY THURMOND (D-15)

  • Jamila Coleman – Admitted: The College Wooster, Ohio
  • Akeilah Ward-Hale – Admitted: California State University – East Bay

ASSEMBLYMEMBER WEBER (D-79)

  • Chloe Barefield-Heard – Admitted: University of California Santa Barbara
  • Christopher Pribilo – Admitted: University of California Davis

Darnell Cooley Scholar 2015

  • Brittney Deadwiler – Admitted: Harvard University

Statewide Recipients:

  • Kyra Caldwell – Admitted: California State University - Northridge
  • Kaelin Edwards –Admitted: Pepperdine University
  • Lyniece Hill – Admitted: Hampton University
  • Samuel Hill, III – Admitted: New York University
  • Keylen Hudson –Admitted: California State University - Sacramento
  • Nethaniel Jones – Admitted: Xavier University
  • Nicolas Jones –Admitted: Holy Cross University.
  • Milan Leathers – Admitted: University of California Berkeley
  • Rachel Monconduit – Admitted: Georgetown University
  • Theophilus Niles – Admitted: California State University- Northridge
  • Nyallah Noah – Admitted: University of Southern California  
  • Chinyere Nwonye – Admitted: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Jade Porter - Admitted: Loyola Marymount University
  • Tex Wambui - Admitted: University of California Davis
  • Brynne Williams – Admitted: Xavier University