$500 Awards : 11 S.D. High School Students Win Times Education Grants

Eleven San Diego County high school students have been awarded educational grants-in-aid of $500 each from the Los Angeles Times Fund.

The San Diego County allocations are part of an annual program sponsored by the Times Fund that enables graduating high school seniors to continue their education in the next school year. Two hundred one public and parochial students from Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties received grants totaling $100,500.

This is the sixth year the Times Fund has included San Diego County schools.

“The goal of these educational grants-in-aid is to provide needy students with the means and encouragement to pursue their educational goals,” explained Tom Johnson, Times publisher and chief executive officer and president of the Times Fund.


“The Times is pleased to be able to help them in their pursuit of excellence.”

The educational grants include not only traditional colleges and universities, but trade schools as well. Recipients are judged on their motivation to succeed and individual ability, rather than on grade-point averages.

The grants-in-aid program is supported by the proceeds from various Times-sponsored events. Two upcoming events are the 40th annual Times/Rams Charity Game on Aug. 10 at Anaheim Stadium and the Volvo All-American Tennis Championship at the Los Angeles Tennis Center Oct. 28-Nov. 11.

These San Diego students, followed by their high schools, are grant recipients this year:


Gilbert Alvarado, Vista; Frank Alvarez, Ocean Shores; Daniel Godinez, Southwest; Joseph A. Griffin, Point Loma; Simau Ieti, Serra; Sharon Denise Julien, Lincoln; Thomas Newman Jr., Julian Union; Polly E. Settle, San Marcos; Ana G. Valenzuela, Montgomery; Thao Mee Vang, Kearny, and Ruben G. Vergara, Sweetwater.