Five public high school seniors are $1,000 closer to achieving their educational goals thanks to the third annual Why Education Matters essay contest.
Open to public high school seniors throughout California, Why Education Matters requires entrants to express in 700 words or less their definition of success, and articulate how education helps combine personal passions with professional aspirations.
This year's winners include Laura Marson from the South Kern Unified School District, Felix Magana from the Ventura Unified School District, Taya Zoormandan from the William S. Hart Union High School District and Ross Valeikas from the Vista Unified School District. They will be receiving their scholarships at upcoming school board meetings or at senior awards nights.
Why Education Matters is a collaboration between the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA), HispanicBusiness and the public education law firm of Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost. Essays are assessed by leaders at CALSA and the editorial staff at HispanicBusiness. Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost bestows the $1,000 to each winner.
Additionally, HispanicBusiness publishes the winning essays at HispanicBusiness.com.
"We are inspired by these students' candid and heartfelt expressions of respect and appreciation for their education," said Howard J. Fulfrost, partner at Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost. "It is our privilege and honor to work with education associations and business leaders to recognize and reward educational excellence."
The Why Education Matters essay contest is one of four student scholarship programs offered through the firm's "Celebrate Success Education Awards Series," which recognizes public school student achievement in art, writing, photography and environmental awareness programs. Information on these awards programs can be found on the Foundation page.
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