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The Propeller Club of Los Angeles-Long Beach is offering scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000 to graduating high school seniors. In 2019, the Board of Governors established two additional scholarships in memory of David Arian and Adam Birkenbach awarding $1,000 each.


This scholarship is open to high school seniors currently attending schools located in the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, San Pedro, Wilmington, or Carson and demonstrating deserving academic records, outstanding citizenship and school and community service.


Please provide two letters of reference; one from a teacher or counselor and one from an adult who is familiar with your schoolwork and activities that should be considered in reviewing eligibility for scholarships. Do not include relatives or fellow students. The letter of reference does not have to be specific to this scholarship.



Scholarship Committee

Co-Chair: Sue Dvonch
Co-Chair: Mechelle Smothers
Jessica Alvarenga
Robert Crowder
JaneƩ Ortiz

Application Process

The application must be completed in full. In addition, the following questions shall be answered on a separate sheet:

  1. Attach a 500 word, typed essay answering ONE of the following questions below (A or B):
        A. What do you see as the biggest challenges for the continued growth and success of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and           what suggestions do you have for the Ports to overcome those challenges?
        B. Tell us about a social issue that you are passionate about and any ideas you have for helping solve problems related to it, i.e. the             environment, politics, homelessness, poverty, education, etc.
  2. Please list your most important school activities, community service and work experience. If you prefer to provide a resume, you are welcome to do so.
  3. Please attach a copy of your unofficial high school transcripts to support your reported GPA.
  4. Are there any other factors the Selection Committee should consider (i.e. family ties to the maritime industry, first generation college student, etc.)?

Past Scholarship Recipients

2020 Winners

Ronald Wicks
Dr. Richard A Vladovic Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy
Adam Birkenbach Scholarship of $1,000

Thessa Malauulu
St. Anthony High School
David Arian Scholarship of $1,000

Clark Boyce
Long Beach Polytechnic High School

Laura Yontz
Long Beach Polytechnic High School

2018 Winners

Ethan Horvath
Millikan High School (Thank You Letter)

Francis DeGuzman
Cabrillo High School

Joy Rowden
California State University, Long Beach

Timothy Oloimooja
Port of Los Angeles High School

2019 Winners

Itohan Ero
CA Academy of Math/Science
Adam Birkenbach Scholarship of $1,000

Evelyn Zandejas
Commissioner David Arian Scholarship of $1,000

Gerard Legaspi
SATO Academy

Kendall Dimson

2017 Winners

Hunter Bjazevich
Mary Star of the Sea High School

Guadalupe Del Cid
Port of Los Angeles High School

Arturo Hernandez
Phineas Banning High School

Daisy Loera
Banning Academies of Creative and Innovative Sciences High School

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