Back in person for the first time since the pandemic, the Arlington Community Foundation’s annual scholarship presentation saluted 92 students who received new funding totaling nearly $600,000, while many renewal scholarships were also awarded.
More than 60 scholarship funds support these scholarships, each with its own eligibility criteria, many of which are designed to help students facing significant financial barriers to higher education.
The ceremony took place on June 6 at Kenmore Middle School. Many scholarship funders and supporters also attended the event, where they were able to meet and connect with their scholarship recipient(s) for the first time.
During the ceremony Brian Marroquín, a graduate of Georgetown University and National Urban Fellow, took the stage to offer words of inspiration to the scholars.
“Look for helpers in all situations,” he advised. “Every college is invested in seeing you succeed – just like Arlington, and just like the people in this room.”
“Community is not a thing, it’s an activity,” Marroquín said. “It’s something you do. Join clubs, volunteer, work: that’s how you find friends, mentors and allies. The people who support you on your college journey may come from places where you least expect them. Be kind and lift others as you climb.
The scholarship recipients were honored by Community Foundation Board Chair Jade Gong and Randolph Elementary School teacher (and former scholar) Angel Lopez, who welcomed each student on stage.
The scholarships are made possible through the generosity of many individuals, families, businesses and organizations who have established named scholarship funds or made donations to the Community Scholarship Fund. Since 1991, the generosity of those involved has enabled the Arlington Community Foundation to award more than $6 million in scholarships to Arlington students.
For more information on the initiative and a full list of fellows, see the website at www.arlcf.org.
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