SoLa Scholars


With only 3 out of 10 students in South LA attending college every year, our mission is to improve the lives of underprivileged youth by giving them positive alternatives and leadership skills to stay in school, increase academic grades, prevent teenage pregnancy, gang involvement, incarceration and ultimately gain acceptance into college or vocational education. 

This year SoLa awarded four South LA high school seniors scholarships towards their university tuition.

SoLa Scholars are selected from tenants family members and tenant-related teens applying for a two- or four-year accredited program that demonstrate excellence in community service, academics, and social impact/service.

Meet our 2018 SoLa Scholars: 



















































































To apply for the 2019 SoLa Scholarship: 


Applications will be accepted from January 1st through May 17th, 2019

Click here for more information and an application.

Email applications to:


Mailed/In Person drop off:

8629 S. Vermont Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90044

University of California, Berkeley 

Alexander received the Christian Service Award for his many hours volunteering at multiple centers including the Los Angeles Food Bank, I Have a Dream Foundation, and YMCA at Westchester. He was a STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) mentor where he assisted in teaching middle school students math and science. In addition, Alexander was the captain of Bernard High’s Mock Trial Team and has maintained his standing in the Principal’s Honor Roll. He has received multiple awards for excellence in his AP exams. Alexander plans on majoring in International Relations at UC Berkeley. 

Click here to read Alexander's Essay

Alex Rodriguez

Grand Canyon University

Joshua was on the Principal’s Honor Roll and has received the LA County Foster Youth Award. Outside of school, he has volunteered in the Inglewood Teen Center and Inglewood library. He will be attending Grand Canyon University in the fall where he plans to major in computer science. He is also interested in psychology and learning more about the human mind.

Click here to read Joshua's Essay

Joshua Williams

California State University, Northridge

Carolina has volunteered to help those in need through Habitat for Humanity, Alexandria House and making self-care bags for the homeless. She has participated in multiple clubs, including Girls Build LA, Key Club and co-founded the Hip Hop Club at her school. Carolina has played a mentorship role as a College Peer leader, a GEAR-UP mentor and a Camp Bob Waldorf Cabin Counselor. Her goal is to ear her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal State Northridge and become an Aerospace Engineer.  Click here to read Carolina's Essay

Carolina Siliezar 

California State University, Dominguez Hills

Laura played second flute for the South Gate High School Band and has received recognition via a Certificate of Achievement in Musical Performance (2016-2017). She has volunteered for the Walk for Hunger and attended the HUB Cities Consortium. Laura has also been an officer in her school’s Travel Club, and has made the Principal’s Honor Roll. She aspires to earn her Bachelor's from Cal State Dominguez Hills and continue to earn a Master’s in Social Work with the ultimate goal of becoming a counselor and guiding students through their education. 

Click here to read Laura's Essay

Laura Bribiesca

SoLa Impact

8629 S. Vermont Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90044

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