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Whittier Chamber announces 5 scholarship winners

WHITTIER — For more than 20 years the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce has presented scholarships to deserving local high school students through the Randy Basurto Scholarship program. 


Professionally, Randy worked as a medical operations manager, but as a chamber member, he was an advocate for the youth of the community. He recognized the value of paying it forward and helping the next generation of high school graduates take the next step in their education.


The Whittier Chamber is pleased to announce the 2020 award winners. The students selected include Erika Anguiano, Elissa Islas and Chantal Morales from California High School; Anthony Becerra from La Serna High School; and Johana Vasquez from Whittier High School. 


These students are leaders in the Whittier Student Chamber for their academic achievements, school involvement and service to the business community. The $500 scholarships can be applied towards college, trade school or professional certification programs. 


“We are proud of our Student Chamber leaders and the growth they have shown this year,” said Carol Crosby, Chamber President/CEO. “These scholarships say ‘we believe in you,’ and that kind of encouragement is priceless to a young person embarking on a career in business, especially since it comes from local business professionals.”


The Student Chamber is a wonderful partnership between the WUHSD and the business community.  The students in this program are given the opportunity to learn important business skills while interacting with Chamber members. 


Many of the applicants wrote about their growth since joining the Student Chamber and how they first felt very shy and timid, but by participating in business events they have gained great confidence especially when it comes to speaking publicly and meeting new people.


All members of the Student Chamber who are seniors were invited to apply and there were multiple applicants from each of the local high schools. Applicants were asked to write an essay, submit 2 letters of recommendations, provide official transcripts as well as share information about their personal goals and accomplishments. Their attendance and active participation in the Student Chamber was also taken into consideration.


The scholarship program is funded through the generous support of members.  


For additional information, call the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554.

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