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Newport-Mesa High School Students Receive Angels Baseball Foundation Scholarships
Posted 5/6/19


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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is proud to announce that three students were selected as Angels Scholars and awarded four-year college scholarships from the Angels Baseball Foundation. This is a prestigious recognition that was awarded to only 19 of the more than 100 students that applied. This is the third year in a row that at least one NMUSD student has received an Angels scholarship.

This year’s NMUSD Angels Scholars include:

Rafael Arias Torres

Rafael Arias Torres, Newport Harbor High School - He plans to study Computer Science at Northeastern University

Sofia Chavez

Sofia Chavez, Early College High School - She plans to study Nursing at the University of California, Irvine

Anahi Villagrana

Anahi Villagrana, Newport Harbor High School - She plans to study Chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Since 2016 the Angels Baseball Foundation has awarded four-year college scholarships to outstanding high school seniors. The process includes Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teachers nominating students based on high academic achievements, financial need, community involvement, and the desire to pursue higher education. The AVID program helps schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach that focuses on closing the opportunity gap to prepare all students for success in a global society.

“We have a phenomenal AVID program and are fortunate to have three deserving students awarded four-year scholarships to college,” said Dr. Fred Navarro, superintendent. “Thank you to the Angels Foundation for investing our students’ future!” he said.

To be eligible for the Angels Scholars Scholarships each graduating senior must meet the following criteria:

  • 3.0 unweighted grade point average
  • Accepted to a 4-year higher education institution
  • At least one Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or college transferrable course
  • 50 or more hours of community service in high school
  • At least one extracurricular and/or leadership activity
  • And more…

Students will be honored at an Angels Baseball Foundation ceremony in June.