Completion Counts video scholarships are being awarded to 13 creative high school seniors from Alvord and Riverside high schools for producing imaginative videos to promote “why college completion counts.”
Completion Counts is Riverside’s collaborative endeavor to increase Riverside’s ability to be a Center for ‘Lifelong Learning for All‘ and to raise college graduation rates in the community. The partners are the City of Riverside, Riverside City College, the Alvord and Riverside unified school districts, Riverside County Office of Education, the University of California, Riverside, and the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. The work of Completion Counts began in 2010 with a $3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Poly High School student Mary Duarte won the Individual Grand Prize Scholarship of $1,000 for her “Top Ten Reasons You Should Get A College Degree” (contributed photo)
Poly High School student Mary Duarte won the Individual Grand Prize Scholarship of $1,000 for her “Top Ten Reasons You Should Get A College Degree,” given against a background promoting the Completion Counts www.College311.org website.
Other individual videomakers who are receiving $500 scholarships for promoting messages including the economic benefits of completing college, some using sports, arts, and career analogies to make their points, are Jedon Carter of North High School, Tanya Reyes of La Sierra High School, Katy Gutierrez of Norte Vista High School and Daisy Garcia of Norte Vista High School.
In the Group Video category, in which a cast and crew of up to three students could also compete for scholarships, the Grand Prize of $1,500 will go to Sara Emami and Emilie Abraham of La Sierra High School (who will each receive $750), with their video, “We Got This!”
Runners up in the Group Video category were a Ramona High School team of Fernando Banales-Mejia, Maria Rivera and Karen Figueroa; and a Poly High School team of Luis Torres, Rodrigo Lucatero and Matthew Beasley. Each of the group runners-up will receive a $250 scholarship award.
“We had some terrific qualifying submissions,” said Al Cardoza, Completion Counts’ Video Scholarship project manager. “Congratulations to the creative winners for finding fun new ways to promote the ‘college completion counts’ message!”
Winning videos will be uploaded the Completion Counts website and made available to the City of Riverside GTV Channel 3.
“This scholarship is designed to start getting students thinking and talking about college. There are no essays, or a ‘straight-A’ average required – we’re simply looking for the best and most creative video perspective,” said Completion Counts Director Cindy Taylor at the contest launch in March.
The contest also invited participation in the www.careercruising.com free career assessment resource, which students can access with their student ID number, to get a better idea of courses of study for careers.
Career Cruising is one of many free education resources and links available to students and families through the www.college311.org website.