We have more good news to report from our Family Resource Center’s Learning Lab; Donald Kaplan is one of this year’s winners of a Posse Foundation Scholarship! With his $172,000 scholarship, Donald is headed to Bucknell University.
Donald lives with his parents and a younger brother in a low-income neighborhood in Highland Park. Born to Nicaraguan parents, Donald was adopted by the Kaplans when he was seven years old. He came to our Learning Center a year and a half ago because his C- grade in Pre-Calculus was threatening to derail his dreams of going to college with a scholarship.
With Hathaway-Sycamore’s help, Donald improved his grade to an A. Donald spent the summer participating in our college prep sessions and improved his SAT score by 15%. He also learned how to write an effective personal statement essay for college applications. During the Posse Scholarship competition from June to December 2011, staff at the Learning Lab, especially Chan Cao, worked closely with Donald to help improve his interviewing skills as well as leadership skills.
All of Donald’s hard work paid off as he is one of only 90 out 2,400 to be awarded a Posse Foundation Scholarship. That makes two years in a row that the Learning Lab and Simon Gee have helped students earn this prestigious scholarship. Last year we shared the news that Emily Cardinas, was awarded a scholarship from the Posse Foundation to Tulane University. Hathaway-Sycamores is one of only seven Los Angeles area non-profits that produced back-to-back winners for 2010 and 2011.