Andrea Garcia (left) and her sister Teresa Garcia.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

With an eye toward careers in biology and sociology, three locally-bred high school students have been awarded $5,000 college scholarships to aid in the pursuit of their dreams.

Compton’s Andrea Garcia, Hawthorne’s Fritz Legaspi and Lynwood’s Lorena Magana were among 23 Los Angeles County residents to be awarded the scholarships from Southern California Gas Company.

The “SoCalGas’ Scholarship Program helps young people continue their education and build a pipeline of diverse future engineers and other professionals who are prepared for the competitive workforce,” said Gillian Wright, chief human resources and administrative officer for SoCalGas. “We believe that a well-educated workforce is essential for a vital and economically healthy Southern California and are thrilled to award scholarships to this group of exceptional students.”

Ms Garcia graduated from Dominguez High School with a 4.13 GPA and will attend UCLA this fall to begin studies toward a degree in sociology. A 4-year member of the National Honor Society and captain of the cross country team, she is a regular volunteer at Our Lady of Victory Church and Big Up Kidz Afterschool program.

Mr. Legaspi graduated Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut with a 3.17 GPA and will attend Lafayette College where he intends to study Molecular Biology. He participated in volleyball, environmental clubs, debate team and robotics.

Ms. Magana graduated Lynwood High School with a 4.41 GPA and matriculates to Boston University where she will study biology. President for each of the American Red Cross blood drives, National Honor Society and American Sign Language Club, Ms. Magana was also an Ambassador for Project Bridge and a Patient Care Ambassodor for UCLA Hospital.

In addition to providing academic scholarships, SoCalGas supports technology-based learning in science, technology, engineering, and math at schools across the company’s service territory.