Fourteen 2014 Los Angeles Milken Scholars Join Recipients from NYC and DC for Annual Summit
Fourteen recent high school graduates from the Greater Los Angeles area have been selected as 2014 Milken Scholars. Together with new Scholars from New York City and the District of Columbia, they comprise this year's class of 24 Milken Scholars.
More than 250 guests and dignitaries honored them at a Recognition Dinner on Saturday, July 26th at the Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey. It represented the culmination of our Annual Summit, a three-day gathering of Scholars from around the country at Loyola Marymount University, focusing on college preparation, relationship building, and an intellectual exploration of our theme, Opportunity Knocks, with the help of distinguished guest speakers and facilitators.
Meet Tulani Thomas, MS '94
Change can sometimes be a challenge, but 1994 Milken Scholar, Tulani Thomas, is demonstrating that it can also be an opportunity, as she continues to set an example for positive change personally, professionally and in the wider world.
Scholars in Action
Think and Act Globally: Following her graduation from UCLA, Delaram Kamalpour, MS ‘10, has joined the Peace Corps and will begin a two-year deployment to Lesotho in Africa this October.
Presidential Advisory: President Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans has a new member as Jason Young, MS ‘00, was recently appointed to help, “create lasting public-private partnerships that will empower young people throughout the country with financial capability skills.” Jason is the CEO and co-founder of MindBlown Labs, a financial literacy software company based in Oakland. Congratulations!
The windy galaxy: Erik Shirokoff, MS ‘98 will take his work in astronomy to Lake Michigan this June, as he joins the faculty of the University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor. Congratulations!
You can’t make it up: Diego Renteria, MS ‘07, is a contributor for a new book put together by journalist and author Sam Quinones, Tell Your True Tale. The book is a compendium of nonfiction stories that reflect experiences of seven first-time authors who grew up in East Los Angeles, and it originated from a workshop that Quinones put together with the goal of getting new writers working on stories about their own lives; true stories that read like fiction.
Precise fit: Harvey Mudd College junior, Peter Orme, MS ‘11, has been inducted into Tau Beta Pi, a national honors society for undergraduate engineering students who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average into their third year of studies. Congratulations are sure to be in the correct order.
Speaking of Volunteerism. Dennis Ojogho, MS ‘12, was recently profiled on the nationally syndicated Fox television show, Live Life and Win, for his volunteer work with Chrysalis. Chrysalis is an organization that works with homeless and low - income individuals to help them develop skills that lead could lead to self-sufficiency, Nice work indeed!