On Wednesday, May 18, the Orange County Bar Foundation held a very special evening honoring the 2016 graduates of its Higher Education Mentoring Program at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa. Higher Education Mentoring Program Chair and OCBF board member Carolyn McKitterick served as the mistress of ceremonies, and OCBF President Kyle Kawakami greeted families and guests. Attendees had the pleasure of hearing this year’s keynote speaker, Special Assistant Attorney General of California Mónica M. Ramírez. An outstanding role model for our youth, Mónica’s words were motivating and inspiring to all.
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Thanks to the generosity of the following donors, all 26 graduates were presented with college scholarships, dorm kits, and backpacks filled with college supplies:
FIRM Scholarships: Alim Malik, Esq., Jackson Tidus – “JT Kick Start Program” and Judicate West
Annual Scholarships: Carolyn McKitterick Scholarship, Maria Solis Martinez Scholarship, and Eric V. Traut, Esq. Scholarship
OCBF Supporter Scholarships: Alan & Karen Brutman, Brian & Dianne Daucher, Dennis & Mary Ghan, John & Susie Hurlbut, Michele D. Johnson, Esq., Kyle & Cheryl Kawakami, Pamela S. Liosi, Esq., Jaritt & Erin Ruff, Edward & Regina Schlatter, Jim & Linda Skorheim, and Alan & Maria Stearns
OCBF College Starter Kit Supporters: Saul & Betsy Gilbert, Bill & Patricia Grenner, Chris & Felice McGrath, Don Morrow & Judy Johnson, Mark & Kathleen Peterson, Jim & Linda Skorheim, and Ygal & Sheila Sonenshine
**Read more about the graduation and other highlights from the class of 2016 in the Higher Education Mentoring Program’s Summer 2016 Newsletter.