Meet The 2019 EAA Scholarship Fund Winners

The Engineers and Architects Association Annual Scholarship competition for 2019 was very competitive this year with thirty qualifying applicants submitting outstanding essays with impressive GPA’s, vast amounts of community service and were able to follow instructions. All of the identifying information was redacted from the applications, transcripts and essays prior to being distributed to the EAA Scholarship Committee. The EAA Scholarship Committee had the pleasure of reading over the anonymous applications and essays with only a number as the designation. The five winners selected this year, four young women and one young man rose to the top with only fractions of points separating their scores from each other. Before we introduce this year’s winners, we would like to acknowledge the commitments of the EAA Election Committee members:

  • Larry Day (Committee Chair, MOU 19 Governor)
  • Diana Galaviz (Union Steward)
  • Victoria Lira (MOU 20 Unit Councilmember, Union Steward)

We at Team EAA would also like to point out that none of this would be possible were it not for our members whose dues contribute to the EAA College Scholarship Fund. Thank you all and without further ado, in alphabetical order meet the 2019 EAA College Scholarship Fund winners:

Scholarship WinnerCity Department Sponsors MOU
Sydney BentleyPoliceMOU 20
Alexis ColonCity Ethics CommissionMOU 1
Isabel DingAirportsMOU 20
Brooke SorianoPoliceMOU 20
James SuarezAirportsMOU 1

The five winners of the 2019 EAA College Scholarship Fund and their families were attended the July 24th Board of Governors Meeting where they were presented their awards.

Congratulations and best wishes all the winners and their families!!!

Meet The Winners

This year’s first recipient of the 2019 EAA Scholarship Fund is Alexis Colon, who just graduated from Brea Olinda High School in Brea, California. Alexis is the daughter of Steven Colon, a Department of Ethics Commission employee, who has been an EAA member for three years now.

Five Questions For Alexis

EAA: Which university will you be attending this coming fall?
Alexis: Cal State Fullerton

EAA: Which major do you foresee yourself pursuing in college?
Alexis: Business Administration

EAA: How vital is education to living your best life?
Alexis: I believe education (and hard work) equals success. I am driven to not only get a job, but to be a leader. A complete education will help me stand out and further my goals. 

EAA: Name one thing you will miss about high school and one thing you look forward to experiencing in college. 
Alexis: I’m going to miss being part of the band and drum-line. I made many close friends and we spent a lot of time together. In college, I am most excited about the opportunity to travel and study abroad.

EAA: Will you be exercising your right to vote in 2020?
Alexis: Yes!

This year’s first recipient of the 2019 EAA Scholarship Fund is Brooke Marie Soriano, a recent graduate from San Gabriel Mission School in San Gabriel, California. Brooke is the daughter of Natalie Torres-Soriano, an employee of the Los Angeles Police Department, who has been an EAA member for an impressive thirty one years! Natalie had some words of gratitude to share with her fellow members:

Fellow EAA Members, 

I would like to say that through my many decades of service to the City of Los Angeles, and as an active member of EAA, I, along with my family, have had the opportunity to experience many of the benefits provided by EAA.

I truly appreciate the hard work and effort that goes into the negotiation process and yields benefits that are directly responsible for providing me with amazing working conditions, representatives that care about the health and welfare of  my family and other opportunities such as educational scholarships for my daughter. The awarding of this scholarship has not only assisted our family with college tuition costs but this scholarship contest has also taught my daughter about the value of labor unions in the workplace, and the benefits that they bring to their members.

Five Questions For Brooke

EAA: Which university will you be attending this coming fall?
Brooke: Cal State University of Long Beach

EAA: Which major do you foresee yourself pursuing in college?
Brooke: Psychology

EAA: How vital is education to living your best life?
Brooke: Education is extremely vital to living my best life because it provides me with the opportunity to acquire knowledge about subjects that will make me a more well-rounded individual. My family has always instilled in me that my education was the most important thing while I was growing up and that a great education will set me apart from others; open doors for me; and provide me with additional opportunities in life. 

EAA: Name one thing you will miss about high school and one thing you look forward to experiencing in college. 
Brooke: I will miss the support and friendships that I have gained over the last four years. I look forward to experiencing more friendship in college; learning about independence; and exposure to unique knowledge in various fields.

EAA: Will you be exercising your right to vote in 2020?
Brooke: Absolutely! I am already a registered voter.

This year’s first recipient of the 2019 EAA Scholarship Fund is Isabel Ding, a Mira Costa High School alum (Manhattan Beach, California) from the Class of 2018. Isabel is the daughter of Xue Chen, a Revenue Audit and Payroll Operations employee, who has been an EAA member since 2009.

Five Questions For Isabel

EAA: Which university will you be attending this coming fall?
Isabel: I have been attending El Camino College since last year and hope to transfer to a University of California next year.

EAA: Which major do you foresee yourself pursuing in college?
Isabel: The rationality and power of financial economics fascinates me, so I am majoring in Economics with a concentration in accounting.

EAA: How vital is education to living your best life?
Isabel: My education has played a large role in shaping my identity and my interests. To me, education is much more than a necessity for employment – it is vital for my personal growth and social connections. Going to school allowed me to explore a myriad of intellectual concepts, life skills, and fields of study. In the process of pursuing an education, I have made many friends who share my interests and have also grasped the importance of respecting differences and opinions and personalities.  

EAA: Name one thing you will miss about high school and one thing you look forward to experiencing in college. 
Isabel: I will miss the lockers since I usually carry heavy books and items; having a secure storage space has been an immense help during my years in high school. Nonetheless, I enjoy the knowledge and experiences that converge in college – it is an enriching experience to converse and learn with classmates from a variety of backgrounds, cities, and cultures!

EAA: Will you be exercising your right to vote in 2020?
Isabel: Yes, I wish to make my voice heard in my community and country.

This year’s first recipient of the 2019 EAA Scholarship Fund is James Suarez, yet another alum hailing from Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California. Alexis is the son of Ralph M. Suarez & Margaret Turner. Ralph M. Suarez is a Los Angeles World Airports employee and has been an EAA member (MOU 1) for twenty nine years! He also had this to share with his fellow members:

Over the past 30 years, EAA has always been there when my co-workers and I needed help. Last year, EAA Representative Geoffrey Garfield made it possible for me to take a promotional exam when City Personnel said I would not be eligible!

Five Questions For James

EAA: Which university will you be attending this coming fall?
James: The Ohio State University

EAA: Which major do you foresee yourself pursuing in college?
James: Political Science/History

EAA: How vital is education to living your best life?
James: Education will help me gain the knowledge I need to have a successful life; better understand people; and teach me different ways to interpret information. 

EAA: Name one thing you will miss about high school and one thing you look forward to experiencing in college. 
James: I’ll miss our AP Class Study Group and Pole Vault: Looking forward to Ohio State Football Games.

EAA: Will you be exercising your right to vote in 2020?
James: Yes!

And last but certainly not the least of this year’s recipients of the 2019 EAA Scholarship Fund is Sydney Elizabeth Pearl Bentley, a graduate from St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey, California. Sydney is the daughter of yet another LAPD employe Yvette Bentley, who has been an EAA member for twenty one years now and had these words of gratitude to share with you:

Thank you EAA and members for offering this great opportunity for our children. Any way that we can support our children in their quest for a high education, not only benefits them, it benefits society.

Five Questions For Sydney

EAA: Which university will you be attending this coming fall?
Sydney: San Jose State University

EAA: Which major do you foresee yourself pursuing in college?
Sydney: A degree in Psychology

EAA: How vital is education to living your best life?
Sydney: Education opens the doorway to more and greater opportunities to be successful. Not only that, but education is the key to fulfilling my dream and what I was called to do… to help people by becoming a Clinical Psychologist. When I accomplish that, I will be living my best life. 

EAA: Name one thing you will miss about high school and one thing you look forward to experiencing in college. 
Sydney: One thing I will miss about high school is seeing my wonderful schoolmate everyday. They always put a smile on my face. One thing I look forward to experiencing in College is being on my own and having full independence. I was raised by and around great parents, aunts, and uncles and have they have prepared me to be a responsible adult.

EAA: Will you be exercising your right to vote in 2020?
Sydney: Yes, I will be exercising my right to vote in the 2020 election.

The five winners of the 2019 EAA College Scholarship Fund and their families were invited to the July 24th edition of the Board of Governors Meeting. Below are some photo highlights documenting the festivities.

Photo Highlights