In 1981, Mr. John Gogian was inspired to start a Foundation for charitable purposes and to offer a Scholarship Program to benefit students in the Los Angeles area.
The Foundation Board of Directors annually determines the schools to target for the scholarship program. The Foundation is currently working exclusively with Lennox Mathematics, Science, and Technology Academy; Port of Los Angeles High School; and Verbum Dei High School.
To be eligible, students must have a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA), be a U.S. Citizen or legal resident, have financial need, and plan to attend a community college, a four-year university, or an accredited trade school.
In 2004 the Foundation revamped the Scholarship Program, electing to develop a community-based Scholarship Selection Committee. The Committee annually reviews the Scholarship Applications and selects the recipients.
Each recipient receives $22,000 to be used over four years. Funds are disbursed to the Financial Aid office in the name of the student, to be used for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Scholarship recipients must maintain a minimum GPA and provide official school transcripts and an essay to the Foundation annually.
The Foundation sponsors a scholarship dinner for the recipients, their families, school counselors, and the Foundation’s Board, Staff, and Committee members. Past recipients also attend to share their college experiences and encourage the new recipients.
Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded 215 scholarships totaling nearly $1.7 million.