CLBC Selects 30 High School and College Students Statewide for Highly Competitive 'CLBC California Scholars’ Program

June 25, 2014

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


SACRAMENTO - The nine-member California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) today named its CLBC California Scholars for 2014, which comprised of a group of 30 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, Senator Holly J. Mitchell said, “The CLBC California Scholars program is part of our commitment to achieving one of our collective legislative priorities, which is increasing access to post secondary education for African American students.”

“By providing deserving students with financial aid to college, will help overcome some of the monetary hurdles that may block their pathway to graduation and successful careers,” CLBC Chair Mitchell said.

“The CLBC California Scholars 2014 program received 145 amazing applicants whose incredible stories of perseverance and determination have restored my faith in the future of our great state. Even though we could only provide 30 scholarships, the quality of the applications have shown that California has strong future leaders in our pipeline, whose success we must nourish,” she added.

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


·         Deja Edmon (Los Angeles) – Graduate of St Mary’s Academy. Admitted: Xavier University.

·         Paris Paterson-Garner (Los Angeles) – Graduate of Culver City High School. Admitted: University of La Verne.


·         Christerbell Ahaiwe (Los Angeles) – Graduate Crenshaw High School – Admitted: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

·         Kahlil Young (Los Angeles) – Graduate of Santa Monica Catholic High School. Admitted: University of Arizona.


·         Kimberly Rochard (Inglewood) – Graduate of Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies. Admitted Loyola Marymount University (LMU).

·         Martin Brown-Gaines (Los Angeles) – Graduate of Inglewood High School. Admitted: Morehouse University


·         Aaliyah Ricks (San Bernardino) – Graduate of Arroyo Valley High School. Admitted: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

·         Malik Boyd (Rialto) – Graduate of Wilmer Amina Carter High. Admitted: Northern Arizona University.


·         Matthew Elam (Corona) – Graduate of Santiago High School. Admitted: DePaul University.

·         Ryan Higgins (Los Angeles) – Attending: California State University Dominquez Hills.


·         Chelsea Larsuel (Altadena) – Graduate of Mayfield Senior School. Admitted: American University

·         Daylon Davis (Pasadena) – Graduate of John Muir High School. Admitted: San Jose State University


·         Tiffany Parker (Lancaster) – Graduate of Quartz Hill High School. Admitted: Clark Atlanta University.

·         Jordyn Holman (Los Angeles) – Attending: University of Southern California (USC).


·         Jaliya Cash (Los Angeles) – Graduate of Crenshaw Arts/Tech Charter School. Admitted: California State University, Monterrey Bay.

·         Donovan Kimsey-Wade (Los Angeles) – Graduate of Hamilton High School. Admitted: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).


·         Amanda Chandler (La Mesa) – Graduate of Grossmont High School. Admitted: Temple University.

·         Lane Griffith (La Mesa) – Graduate of Grossmont High School. Admitted: University of Alabama. 

Darnell Cooley Scholar 2014

·         Arielle Brumfield (Los Angeles) – Graduate of Westchester Enriched Science Magnate. Admitted: Loyola Marymount University (LMU).

Statewide Recipients

Greater Sacramento Area Recipients

·         Damian Chambers (Sacramento) – Attending: Berklee College of Music.

·         Angelique Hill (Sacramento) – Graduate of Sacramento Charter High School. Admitted: Hampton University.

·         Zaria Watkins (Sacramento) – Graduate of Christian Brothers High School. Admitted: New York University (NYU).

 Northern CA

·         Zaire Bailey (Rohnert Park) – Graduate of Rancho Cotate High School. Admitted: Spelman College.

·         Samori Roberts (Antioch) – Graduate of Antioch High School EDGE Program. Admitted: Morehouse University (Multiple College Offers).

Central Valley

·         Khyri Brown (Fresno) – Graduate of Edison High School. Admitted: Lincoln University.

·         Matthew Culberson (Stockton) – Attending: University of California Davis.

Southern CA

·         Jasmin Dodd (Palmdale) – Graduate of Bishop Academy. Admitted: University of California Riverside.

·         Ayanna Joshua (Palmdale) – Graduate of Quartz Hill High School. Admitted: California State University Northridge.

·         D’Angelo Ross (La Puente) – Graduate of South Hills High School. Admitted: California State University Fresno.

·         Zakkiyya West (Pomona) – Graduate of Pomona Senior High School. Admitted: San Diego State University