Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Corporate Champion Spotlight: First inaugural Youth of the Year scholarship Awarded

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 23, 2014

Corporate Champion Spotlight: First inaugural Youth of the Year scholarship Awarded

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The Gene Haas Foundation recently awarded the Club a $210,000 grant, which includes $10,000 for the inaugural Youth of the Year scholarship, given to Anna Heath, the Club’s 2014 Youth of the Year. The scholarship will be awarded annually to the BGCOP Youth of the Year. Heath, 18, is an 11-year member of BGCOP and a recent graduate of Pacifica High School in Oxnard. The scholarship will be managed and appropriated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme to Heath for tuition, books, room and board and other school-related expenses.
“Anna is an amazing young woman who really pushed herself to succeed,” said Kathy Looman, spokeswoman for the Gene Haas Foundation. “The Foundation looks to reward youth, like Anna, who have the potential, but not always to means, to achieve great things in life. We are also proud to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme in its efforts to promote science, technology, engineering and math to the youth of our community.”
$150,000 of the grant money will be used by the Club to expand programs in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM subjects. This will allow BGCOP to offer more field trips and update technology and engineering programs.
The remaining $50,000 was given to the Club for capital improvement.
“The Gene Haas Foundation has been a strong community partner for many years, and has supported the Club in its efforts in countless ways, contributing to both our programs and capital needs,” said Kelly Ventimiglia, Director of Major Gifts and Annual Giving.
Founded by Haas in 1999, the Gene Haas Foundation has awarded more than 22 million dollars to deserving charities and educational institutions. The Foundation was formed to fund the needs of the local community and to support manufacturing education. It provides scholarship funds to community colleges and vocational schools for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs as well as supports youth programs that inspire young people to consider manufacturing careers.

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