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Port Scholarships Awarded

Students pursuing education, careers in international trade

April 23, 2013

The Port of Long Beach on Tuesday awarded $58,000 to 24 high school and college students who are seeking careers in fields related to international trade and goods movement.

Each year the Port offers scholarships to local students ranging from graduating high school seniors preparing to enter higher education to mid-career professionals seeking to add to their skills and capabilities.

With today's awards, the Port marked the 21st anniversary of its scholarship program. Since the program began with the first round in 1993, the Port has presented 296 scholarships totaling $505,650 to support the academic ambitions of future leaders in the international business community.

The scholarships were formally announced today during an awards luncheon organized by the International Business Association of Southern California of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

"All across the harbor, the Port of Long Beach is investing in infrastructure and innovation to remain competitive into the future. In this room, we are investing in the future business leaders and innovators of international trade so our industry can continue to thrive and promote quality of life here and around the globe," said Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Doug Drummond in his address to the students. “To our scholarship recipients, we celebrate your accomplishments to date and those to come.”

Scholarships were awarded in five categories:

Long Beach Unified School District Scholars: Miguel Gonzalez, Octavio Lopez, Kevin Melvin, Liani Lye, Malin Ouk.

California State University, Long Beach, International Business Scholarships: Vania Dailey, Jose Espeleta, David Iskander, Kyle Kakalia, Roberto Lara, Jacqueline Napalan, Daniella O’Neill, Robin Jerome Palaganas, Bonita Sim, Lhea Villarreal.

Woodrow Wilson Memorial Scholarships for students in the Long Beach City College International Business Program: Jill Mawson, Peggy Moss, Mei Raczkowski, Renata Vasquez.

Global Logistics Specialist program at California State University, Long Beach: Tony Heng, Yoko Moro. 

Masters of Arts in the Global Logistics program at CSULB: Won Chung, Bree Franklin, Chun Yin Ip.

For more information on Port of Long Beach scholarships, go to www.polb.com/community/education/scholarships/.

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