Celebrating Fiesta 2016

The Drew Silvern Dollars for Scholars fund-raising Fiesta is held Memorial Day weekend because Drew’s birthday was May 30, the date on which the holiday used to be celebrated.

This year, May 28, was a perfect day for a celebration to honor Drew’s memory and benefit deserving students. The weather was ideal. There were enough umbrellas over the tables. Christian arrived in plenty of time to set up a lavish seafood feast. Matty prepared pitchers of refreshing beverages, and Ali Olmo serenaded us in English and Spanish.

There were raffles offering special services and summer attractions, and a Treasure Table to attract bargain hunters.

The highlight of the afternoon for me was to hear Blake Davis remember his elementary school days with Drew playing tennis and basketball and to hear the students tell what college means to them, their hopes for the future and their appreciation of the scholarships they receive. There are 16 continuing students and 5 new high school graduates who will receive checks June 18 at the LA Unified School District Board.

All of the money raised goes directly towards helping these students. There are minimal administrative costs.

This scholarship is a team effort. It takes a generous Board donating invitations, raffle and treasure table items, cookies, paper goods, their time and effort for photographs and mailings.

Board members, mentors and supporters come from all areas of the city and contribute their individual skills and talents to make it possible for 21 students to receive financial help and also encouragement to earn a college degree. Several of the graduates were at the Fiesta. They are all eager to do work to help others.

Many friends called to say it was the best fiesta ever. I hear this each year, and am happy to be writing thank you letters for weeks after the May Fiesta weekend.

Please enjoy the photos from our event, below.

 

 






Lila Lee Silvern

 

Fiesta 2016

It’s time for Annual Fiesta fundraiser and the honoring this year’s student scholarship recipients.

Please join us if you can. If you are unable to attend the fiesta, your tax deductible donation will be greatly appreciated!

We look forward to seeing our student scholars, donors, mentors, volunteers and board members, and all of our generous supporters.


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Our Newest Board Member

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Helen Madrid-Worthen is a native Angelino, who has lived over 70 years in Los Angeles.

After a 31-year career with The Gas Company, raising two sons, and being a stepmother to four adults, in retirement she enjoys activities that help improve our City and our communities.

Helen served for eight years in the City’s Cultural Heritage Commission. Currently she is a Board Member of El Proyecto Del Barrio, one of the premier non-profit organizations
in the San Fernando Valley offering health care services, youth school-to-career programs, and a 4-star Work Source Center in Sun Valley.

In 2000, California Assembly Speaker, Robert M. Hertzberg selected Helen as the 40th District’s Woman of the Year. In 2006 Helen was selected by the National Women’s Political
Caucus — San Fernando Valley, for their inaugural issue of their Women’s History Calendar, “Eleven Remarkable Women & One Good Guy”. Helen was honored by Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women as the 2007 Pioneer Women for the Third District of Los Angeles nominated by Councilman Dennis Zine.

For over 20 years Helen has volunteered in the Grandparents And Books (GAB) program for the City of Los Angeles Library system. She is a bilingual reader at the Canoga Park Branch in the West SFV where she shares her love of books with immigrant children who need help with the English language.

Another joy in retirement has been time for inter-cultural and inter-faith activities. Helen is one of the founding members of the Hispanic-Jewish Women’s Alliance. She is an active member of the Catholic-Jewish Women’s Annual Conference’s Steering Committee for the last 18 years.

Helen is also very happy to be on the Drew Silvern Dollars For Scholars Board of Directors. She particularly enjoys mentoring students who generally are the first in their family to attend college.

In March 1998, Helen’s son, a career firefighter/paramedic with the City of Los Angeles Fire Department, was killed in the line-of-duty. As a result of this tragedy Helen became involved with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, whose Mission is to Honor Fallen Firefighters from throughout the US and give support to the families they leave behind. Locally Helen is a Grief Support Facilitator in the San Fernando Valley through her Parish.

Together with her husband, Ken Worthen, they are the proud grandparents of ten grandchildren.

Dollars for Scholars Interview

Lila was recently interviewed by Scholarship America about the Dollars for Scholars Drew Silvern Education Fund. Below is a link to the interview and and overview of the Dollars for Scholars Program.

Drew Silvern Education Fund Overview
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5vzb1fFuV73UmlGYUk3NU5kRzA/edit?usp=docslist_api

Dollars for Scholars Overview
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5vzb1fFuV73QklTRWo2bVFWcnM/edit?usp=docslist_api

It’s Fiesta Time

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We are looking forward to seeing you all for our Drew Silvern Education Fund 10th Annual Fiesta Fundraiser on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

The Drew Silvern Education Fund is a Dollars for Scholars chapter of Scholarship America. The funds contributed by our loyal supporters help qualified students pay for the rising costs of a college education.

For the past nine years $129,400 has been granted to deserving Migrant Education students attending Community Colleges, Technical Schools, and State Universities. The students who apply have earned good grades and are very serious about achieving success in their chosen fields. They also have a strong desire to help their families and communities.

The young men and women we’ve interviewed for the past ten years were not shy about expressing their appreciation for the help and encouragement they’d received from their mothers. Though many mothers had limited English proficiency, they had unlimited belief that if their child worked hard and earned good grades, they would one day realize the American dream.

On Saturday, June 7, the financial awards will be given to 17 returning college students and 8 high school graduates at a presentation held at 1:30 pm, in the Board Room of Los Angeles City Schools. It is a time when the students, parents, mentors and board members come together to not only offer the students checks, but also encouragement, support and belief that these eager, idealistic young people can succeed.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the Fiesta!

Lila Silvern

 

Annual Fundraising Fiesta 2014

Our annual fundraising Fiesta is planned for Saturday, May 31, 2014.

We will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Drew Silvern Education Fund, a Dollars for Scholars chapter of Scholarship America. The funds contributed by our loyal supporters help qualified students pay for the rising costs of a college education.

For the past nine years $129,400 has been granted to deserving Migrant Education students attending Community Colleges, Technical Schools, and State Universities. The students who apply have earned good grades and are very serious about achieving success in their chosen fields. They also have a strong desire to help their families and communities.

The young men and women we’ve interviewed for the past ten years were not shy about expressing their appreciation for the help and encouragement they’d received from their mothers. Though many mothers had limited English proficiency, they had unlimited belief that if their child worked hard and earned good grades, they would one day realize the American dream.

On Saturday, June 7, the financial awards will be given to 17 returning college students and 8 high school graduates at a presentation held at 1:30 pm, in the Board Room of Los Angeles City Schools. It is a time when the students, parents, mentors and board members come together to not only offer the students checks, but also encouragement, support and belief that these eager, idealistic young people can succeed.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the Fiesta!

Lila Silvern

 

Katie Couric celebrates Scholarship America

Katie Couric and Dollars for Scholars founder Dr. Irving Fradkin

Katie Couric recently featured our Scholarship America founder, Dr. Irving Fradkin, on her nationwide daytime talk show, Katie! In addition to a video profile and in-studio interview, the show provided Dr. Fradkin a surprise: scholarship recipients from 1961 to the present came out to thank him for his life’s work.

Katie and Dr. Fradkin also spoke with Hannah Truong, the 2013 Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer of the Year. Hannah was an active volunteer with Bellingham Dollars for Scholars in Washington state and is now attending college at Yale.

Here at Drew Silvern Education Fund / Dollars for Scholars, we also have some amazing volunteers and students. Dr. Phyllis Lautman shines particularly bright. Please see her experience, along with that of her mentee, Magdalena Lopez, here.

We are so grateful to Katie for her support of Dollars for Scholars and our national organization, Scholarship America. To help us support our local students and continue the legacy started by Dr. Fradkin, click here for volunteer opportunities.

Scholarship Opportunity

The Scholarship America Dream Award is a national scholarship program designed to help students complete college.

 

Hi Students, Mentors, and Supporters,

The Scholarship America Dream Award is now open for application!

The Scholarship America Dream Award is a unique scholarship opportunity for students currently enrolled in postsecondary education programs who need help paying for their second year and beyond.

Award amounts range between $5,000 and $15,000, depending on need, and increase by $1,000 each year to encourage students to finish their degree.

Eligible students can apply now through December 19, 2013.

Since Drew Silvern Education Fund is Dollars for Scholars affiliate, your community’s students should be among the first to know that the application has launched. We encourage all eligible students to apply.

To help connect your students with the program, there are links on your chapter website and in the My Scholarships section of the student profile; that link will take students to the Dream Award homepage, where they can learn more and submit their application. (They can also go directly to Scholarship America’s website.) All students will need to use this online application to assure a single pathway for both Dollars for Scholars and non-Dollars for Scholars students to apply.

This is an exciting opportunity for students who are looking for additional scholarship money for their second year of postsecondary education and beyond. Thank you for sharing this incredible opportunity with your students and their parents!