Azusa Unified School District celebrated its graduating seniors who received admittance to Azusa Pacific University in two ceremonies that took place on April 24, 2018, at Azusa and Gladstone high schools. Family and friends of the honorees gathered along with representatives from the district and APU to mark this achievement. This year, 42 students from AUSD were admitted to APU, a 15 percent increase from last year. For the first time, AUSD students, who met APU’s academic requirements, were eligible for a $10,000 renewable scholarship and guaranteed admission to the university.

“Azusa High School values our partnership with APU and the support they provide our students,” said Principal Martin Gomez, Ph.D. “APU helps promote college readiness among our Aztec scholars by offering free tutoring, hosting college visits, and connecting our students with academic resources through the Upward Bound program. This support continues with scholarships and mentoring programs for our graduates who decide to attend APU.”

Of the admitted students, 10 were also accepted into APU’s Azusa Scholars leadership program. Those selected receive an additional $5,000 renewable Nancy Moore/Celebrate Azusa Citizen Scholarship.

Azusa Scholars from Azusa High School:

Julian Ledesma,undeclared

Jasmine Mejia-Carrillo,computer science

Mikey Osorio, biology

Elisa Serna, psychology

Azusa Scholars from Gladstone High School:

Oscar Cervantes-Garcia, criminal justice

Juan Flores, biology

Lizbeth Miranda-Torres, psychology

Leonardo Moreno, psychology

Katherine Pacheco, allied health

Darice Ramirez, chemistry

“Azusa Pacific University is grateful to call the City of Azusa home,” said President Jon. R. Wallace, DBA. “We seek to serve our vibrant community and make a positive impact by providing Azusa Unified graduates with a pathway to college. We are excited to welcome these students into the APU family.”

Including Azusa Unified, the university has recently partnered with 14 districts and their 35 high schools to offer guaranteed admission and provide renewable $10,000 scholarships to graduates who meet academic requirements. Many of these students qualify for additional scholarships and grants as well, drastically reducing the cost of their education. APU has seen a 10 percent increase across the board of admitted students from these partner districts this year, which include: Arcadia, Azusa, Bonita, Chaffey Joint High School District, Charter Oak, Chino Valley, Claremont, Covina, Duarte, Glendora, Monrovia, Temple City, and Upland. Several of these districts, including Chaffey, Covina Valley, and Charter Oak, have hosted ceremonies to recognize their students admitted to APU.

Rachel White
Associate Director of Public Relations
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