Meet: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater LA

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles hosted its annual Future Fund Scholarship Luncheon to award graduating “Little Sisters” scholarships to help them pursue higher education. These scholarships provide financial support and help to give the recipients the confidence to pursue their dreams.

“The Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are opening the eyes of children, who face adversity, to a world of opportunities they often didn’t know about or think were possible for them,” said Tiffany Siart, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. “Through one-to-one mentoring relationships, our youth are empowered to achieve and show greater confidence, bigger dreams and higher scholastic performance.”

We’re proud to highlight three of the young women who received the organization’s Dr. Howard Murad Award, presented by the Murad Family Foundation, which enables the recipients to pursue their goal of working in the fields of health, beauty and medicine. All three recipients graduated high school earlier this year with a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher.

Sofia B. is currently majoring in biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and aims to become a physician. Alma H. plans to pursue a career as a dental hygienist and is attending the University of California, Berkeley. Camille C., who is currently attending Pasadena City College, hopes to attain a business degree and cosmetology license.

“We are honored to have been able to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and the Future Fund to provide a little extra support for some amazing young women embarking on their college careers,” said Hilarie Murad, President of the Murad Family Foundation. “The organization’s mission syncs perfectly with the Murad Family Foundation’s mission of achieving Inclusive Health in education and action for young people in Southern California.”

The Big Sisters of Los Angeles Future Fund was founded in 1993 by Sherry Lansing and Sarah Purcell. The supporters of the Future Fund Endowment are men, women and foundations representing many different professions and industries, including entertainment, publishing, health and beauty, fashion and law, who are committed to securing a solid financial future for the endowment.

Not having the finances to continue with higher education is often times what hinders students from going to college. With programs like the Future Fund Endowment, students are confident in knowing that a college degree is attainable and that confidence helps them to  achieve their goals.

For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and the Future Fund Scholarship Program, visit www.bbbsla.org.

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