Several UCLA Pilipino Alumni (PAA) Board Members presented Joshua Manansala last Aug.22 with the 2015 UCLA Pilipino Alumni/Lovell Sevilla Scholarship Award Certificate at the UCLA PAA Send-Off event that took place at Heritage Park in Cerritos, California. Mr. Manansala will receive a $4,000 scholarship for his outstanding academic, leadership, and community service achievements.
A recent graduate of Capital Christian High School in Sacramento, California, Mr. Manansala realized that for him, education was more than just taking hard classes and earning good grades – he wanted to use his education to serve his community. As a freshman, he got involved in Student Council and as a senior, he served as the Student Body President of Capital Christian High School. As soon as he was elected, he knew that he wanted to create an inclusive and giving environment on campus that would allow all students to excel academically and socially. To do this, he would need to lead in the most effective manner. The best way to lead is by example, and in his opinion, the best example is to be a servant.
Throughout Mr. Manansala’s high school years, he cofounded a nonprofit organization called Keys4Hope. Keys4Hope has a dual fold purpose. First, to teach children how to successfully play instruments, and second, to donate 100% of the money raised from its music lessons to other organizations that benefit children in need. Most recently, Keys4Hope paid for three Guatemalan children’s surgeries.
At the UCLA PAA Send-Off, Manansala received a warm welcome and advice from alumni and UCLA staff members regarding his new journey at UCLA. The UCLA PAA Send-Off was an event where incoming UCLA students met and asked questions of current students, parents, and alumni who will help them build their new peer network. This event was a fond farewell to students at the beginning of their incredible UCLA journey and a day for UCLA students, alumni, and parents to come together to make new friends, build community, and join in celebrating the UCLA Bruin family.
Questions or donations for the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Endowment which supports the UCLA Pilipino Alumni/Lovell Sevilla Scholarship Program should be directed to Bobby Rimas, UCLA Pilipino Alumni Scholarship Director at Bobby.Rimas@alumni.ucla.edu.