Local nonprofit surprises 6 Newport-Mesa high school seniors with laptops and gift cards for college

Six Newport-Mesa Unified School District high school seniors got a surprise Friday when they were presented with tools for success in college by a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit.

Share Our Selves handed out laptops, $50 Amazon gift cards for textbooks and $40 gift cards to Grocery Outlet to a total of 32 Orange County high school seniors at the SOS Community Health Center.

Seniors attending a community college also received a backpack with school supplies, while students who plan to live on campus got luggage with dorm room supplies such as towels, sheets, hangers and hygiene kits.

In addition, students received a sweater from their university or college.

Among the 32 recipients are Estancia High’s Nathalie Acevedo, who plans to attend Cal State Fullerton; Newport Harbor’s Kenia Uribe, Irvine Valley College; Newport Harbor’s Natalee Ceron, Orange Coast College; Costa Mesa High’s Kate Chavez, San Jose State University; Estancia’s Valeria Cruz Anaya, Cal State Fullerton; and Newport Harbor’s Raul Guerrero, Arizona Western College.

For eligibility, a school administrator recommended students based on their “determination to overcome difficult circumstances to succeed.” Students submitted an application, a personal statement explaining why they should be considered for the project and confirmation of attendance at a college or university in the fall.

In preparation for Friday, the nonprofit sent the 32 seniors to the Working Wardrobes Career Center, an Irvine-based nonprofit, to choose professional attire for the event and for future job interviews and formal occasions.

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