First Place is $200: Megan Lane - Poly High School Senior
My name is Megan Lane and I am extremely honored to be considered for the NAACP’s Black Student Scholarship. Over the last four years in public school (attending Poly High School), I have dedicated my heart to educating myself and others about the systematic disparities experienced by Black students in the American education system due to redlining, systemic student tracking, disciplinary discrimination, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Through my three-year internship with Californians for Justice, I challenged myself to discover who I am and what I am passionate about. The result of working with Californians for Justice is that I am clear that my personal passion and commitment are to improve educational advancement and success for Black students.Within my internship with Californians for Justice, I was able to engage in over 500 community service hours. Along with my investment in the community, I was able to acquire amazing change-making opportunities with the Long Beach School District, such as becoming a co-chair for the LBUSD Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee, and a student delegate for the California Association of Student Councils.
Second place is $150: Joyce Le - CSULB Marketing Senior & LB NAACP Intern & Scholar
I am currently a Senior at Cal State University Long Beach working towards my Bachelors in Marketing. I chose this major as I wanted to find a balance between my creativity and interests in business — I believe marketing allows me to explore both sides, and I hope to find work within the Marketing field when I graduate. As a person of color, I was always interested in the topic of social justice. From a young age, I believed strongly in inclusion and equity — to have all colors have a voice and be represented in equal measures. Although we have made strides in terms of social justice, I know that there is still a lot of work to be done. As such, I wanted to find ways to get involved and further advocate for social equity. Most recently, I had the honor of being able to join Long Beach Branch NAACP as an administrative intern. During my time, I have been able to assist President Naomi Rainey with projects and advocate the NAACP’s mission of fairness and inclusivity. By assisting the NAACP, I feel that my time as an intern has not only provided me with valuable skills, but also allowed me to help the people of color in our community. The firsthand knowledge I’ve gained by interning, studying, and interacting face-to-face with people of all colors gives me the confidence to believe I can a difference. The tangible skills that I’ve learned has only strengthened my resolve to continue my passion and work for social justice.