The Uplift: High School Seniors React to Earning Spots in KIPP Rales Scholars Program

The Uplift: High School Seniors React to Earning Spots in KIPP Rales Scholars Program

By: The Uplift on CBS News

Sometimes the thing that brings the most joy is seeing others experience it. [CBS News correspondent] Vladimir Duthiers introduces some college-bound students who get a big surprise in The Uplift! [KIPP students and alumni are recognized with a national scholarship of up to  $60,000 over the four years of their undergraduate career.] 

[Featured in CBS News is Rales scholarship recipient, Erick T!  

Erick Trujillo - Heading to Yale!Erick, a KIPP Los Angeles College Preparatory alumnus, intends to double major in Environmental Engineering with a concentration in Chemistry and Sociology at Yale University. As an aspiring Environmental Chemistry Professor, he hopes to develop comprehensive solutions to ecological problems plaguing polluted communities. When he is not busy fostering career and personal goals as a USC Bovard Scholar, he dedicates his time to MEChA. In addition to excelling in his schoolwork, Erick has been recognized at the state and city level by Assemblymembers Luz Rivas and Monica Rodriguez for volunteering with local nonprofit organizations providing support to systemically marginalized communities.

About the Scholars Program

The Norman and Ruth Rales Foundation and KIPP Foundation have partnered to create the Rales Scholars Program. Every year up to 50 students will be selected for this new Rales Scholars Program. It will provide financial support to defray the costs of college, 1:1 mentorship, annual summer internship placement support, financial literacy education and budget planning, an annual leadership weekend and more. The first cohort of scholars, including two KIPP SoCal alumni, joined the program in May 2022.

The Rales Scholars Program honors the legacy of Ruth and Norman Rales, who believed deeply in the limitless potential of all young people, and who exemplified the spirit of giving back during their lifetimes.]

This story originally aired and was published on The Uplift on CBS News. 

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