(SEASIDE, Calif.) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County (BGCMC) is proud to recognize three Club members who were awarded the 2017 Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream scholarship. This year’s recipients include Monterey County teens Jasmine M., Angela V., and Carla J. The scholarship, dedicated to the development of artistic, film-making, and sporting skills among disadvantaged youth, is offered to Boys & Girls Clubs of America members through the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation. More than 4,000 Club members across the nation apply for the scholarship each year, and can receive up to $3,500 to develop their skills in music, dance, art, science, literature, and in athletics.
Jasmine, a senior in high school, grew up in the heart of the Alisal community. She’s currently the Associated Student Body (ASB) president with plans to major in both business and music. She hopes to create a company for young artists to realize their potential.
At the age of five, Carla found herself fascinated with her family’s piano and can recall playing it with her sister frequently. Her mother noticed this interest and, at great sacrifice, enrolled her daughter in music classes. Now a freshman in high school, Carla hopes to become a professional pianist, singer, music teacher, dancer, and song-writer with funding received from the Hank Aaron scholarship.
Angela is the product of a hard-working family, which instilled in her a desire to try her best at everything she does. She’s currently a member of the Keystone Club, a teen leadership group, with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County. She plans to attend college for a career in leadership, and intends to take music and voice lessons thanks to the Hank Aaron scholarship.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County (BGCMC) has played an integral role in the community for over 49 years. BGCMC operates Clubhouses in Seaside and Salinas, providing a safe haven for over 600 children and teens a day with programs that focus on Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, Good Character & Leadership. Club members are offered mentoring and guidance to maintain on-grade school progression, graduate from high school, and prepare for college and careers. Nearly 90% of the total budget comes from generous individuals, corporations and foundations. The Clubs are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. during summer and school breaks, and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. when school is in session. Additional information is available at www.bgcmc.org or via phone at 831-394-5171.