As part of a $1.5 million, 5-year partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast College Bound program, the Pacific Life Foundation recently awarded $25,000 to ten College Bound program students in support of their higher education efforts. In addition to providing annual scholarships to program students as they move on to post-secondary education, the investment supports growing and sustaining the College Bound program for many years to come, ensuring more teens graduate high school on time and with a financially sustainable plan for higher education.
The College Bound program primarily targets at-risk Orange County youth who face high dropout rates and lack equitable access to resources, opportunities and mentors, and nearly 90% of College Bound students identify as Latino and are low-income, first-generation students. By preparing students and families for the transition of life after graduation, College Bound removes major barriers facing Orange County students who might otherwise see college as unattainable or prohibitively expensive.
The Pacific Life Foundation is honored to support ten College Bound scholars this year with a financial commitment to jumpstart their college journey. In addition to funding, several Pacific Life employees had the opportunity to meet the students and assist in the selection process. Volunteering at the annual scholarship interview panels, employees have the opportunity to hear directly from the students, learning more about how they have overcome challenges and gaining a deeper insight into their background and plans for the future.
“I am incredibly proud that Pacific Life sponsors this program and having the opportunity to interview the candidates was truly an honor. I was impressed by the candidates we interviewed; they were accomplished, driven, and full of hope for the future. Every single candidate gave credit to College Bound and their counselors for getting them to this point. It is an amazing program, doing amazing work, and I am thrilled Pacific Life helps to make it possible.” - Tiffany Gregath, Vice President, Marketing, Pacific Life