Philippine Society of Southeast Los Angeles (PHILSELA) presents scholarship awards to 11 high school graduates during its annual Scholarship Awards Dinner (Photo courtesy of http://myphilsela.org/)

Philippine Society of Southeast Los Angeles (PHILSELA) presents scholarship awards to 11 high school graduates during its annual Scholarship Awards Dinner (Photo courtesy of http://myphilsela.org/)

CERRITOS – The Philippine Society of Southeast Los Angeles (PHILSELA) will present scholarship awards to 11 high school graduates during its annual Scholarship Awards Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, at the Washington Room of Liberty Park in Cerritos.

The scholars this year are from ABC Unified District High Schools: Artesia, Cerritos and Ghar and from St. Joseph and St. John Bosco.

Alice Ramos, scholarship committee chair, said the scholarships are available to graduating seniors, continuing on to college, from high schools around the city of Cerritos, including the following  – Artesia High, Cerritos High, Gahr High, St. John Bosco High, St. Joseph High, Valley Christian High, and Whitney High.

To qualify for the awards, a high school graduate must be of Filipino ancestry, has been accepted into an accredited college or university for Fall 2015, has a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale), has a minimum total SAT score of 1500, must show leadership skills and extracurricular activities, and is committed to serving the Filipino-American community.

The scholars will receive a one-time monetary award and certificates of recognition during the awards dinner.

“This has been a continuing program for the last 29 years because PHILSELA views

higher education as crucial for the youth to reach their career goals and become contributing members of the community,” said Ramos, who has served as president of PHILSELA in 2012 and the current  scholarship chair.

PHILSELA, which marks its 41st year this year, is an organization composed of Filipino-American volunteers who are dedicated to providing outstanding service to the community. Elizabeth Boschma is the current president, with Linda Bautista as chairman of the board.

Aside from the Scholarship Program, PHILSELA also holds the annual Santacruzan, and sponsors and supports city-initiated programs, including the Festival of Friendship, Let Freedom Ring 4th of July Event, and Halloween Festival. PHILSELA has also participated in the Philippine Independence Centennial celebration, and the Filipiniana Library Project.