AVID Scholarship Program

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing their students for college and other postsecondary opportunities, especially first-generation college students.  To be eligible for the $2,000 AVID AFCEA scholarship, high school seniors must apply for an AVID scholarship through the AVID Center, have a minimum grade point average of 3.5, have participated in an AVID program for three or four years, accepted to a college or university, have a demonstrated financial need, and be majoring in a STEM field. Candidates must be residents of San Diego County, majoring in science, technology, math, or engineering.  Besides completing the application, candidates must write two essays and submit a letter of recommendation from the school of attendance. Completed application packets are sent via the AVID Center to the AFCEA Scholarship Committee for final selection.

The 2019-20 AVID AFCEA Scholarship winners are: 

Nhat Pham distinguished himself in academics, leadership, and community service at Poway High School.  He was the AVID Senior Standout, AVID president, National Honor Society vice-president, School Site Council member, Speech and Debate team member, and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House. In addition to English, he also speaks Vietnamese and Chinese.  He will pursue his passion in mathematics at UCSD.

Tina Tran excelled in academics, leadership, and community service at Crawford High School. She was the AVID Senior Standout, ASB president, and Key Club vice president. She spearheaded several fundraisers for her school and performed community service making dolls for hospitals and cleaning beaches.  She played tennis and badminton throughout her high school years and was in the UT all-academic team for both sports. She was chosen to receive the top CIF Spirit of Sport award among all female athletes.  Her summer research project involving how pollutants affect the environment inspired her to become an environmental scientist which she will major in at the University of California Santa Barbara.

AVID candidate applications that meet AFCEA Scholarship Program qualifications will be sent via the AVID Center to the AFCEA Evaluation Committee.

Contact: AVID Center, Gail Shenkman, EdD or Katheryn Ramirez

gshenkman@avid.org or karamirez@avid.org 


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