FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2013
AARP Launches Lincoln High Scholarship Named for Founder, Former Lincoln High Principal Ethel Percy Andrus
(LOS ANGELES, CA) – On August 24 th at a gala event marking the 100 th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln High School, AARP will officially announce the funding of the Andrus Opportunity Award, a scholarship that will be awarded to a college-bound Lincoln High student each year for the next ten years. AARP has pledged $50,000 to support the scholarship fund.
The award is named for AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who served as principal of Lincoln High from 1916 to 1944.
“It’s only natural for AARP to honor Dr. Andrus’s commitment to improving America’s schools and to providing opportunities to deserving students,” said AARP California State Director Katie Hirning.
In addition to the scholarship award, AARP and the Lincoln High Alumni will also honor former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, a Los Angeles native and Lincoln High alumnus. Justice Moreno will be presented with the Andrus Opportunity Award for his distinguished career in public service.
UCLA Professor and AARP Board of Directors member Fernando Torres-Gil and AARP President-Elect Jeannine English will also be on hand for the presentation at a special gala dinner on August 24, from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at Quiet Cannon in Montebello. The gala will be open to all current and past students, and to the Lincoln Heights Community and local organizations.
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