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CEDC Awards Students for their academic achievements and pursuits with Fernandez Leadership Fund Scholarships

VENTURA, Calif. – Jan. 22, 2021 – The Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (Cabrillo EDC) recently recognized 14 graduating high school seniors and college students for their academic achievements and pursuits with Rodney Fernandez Leadership Fund (RFLF) Scholarships

The RFLF was created in 2011 and honors the legacy of Rodney Fernandez, Cabrillo EDC’s founding Executive Director for 30 years (1981–2011). The scholarship continues Fernandez’s legacy of community building by cultivating the leadership of residents to attain their goals and empower themselves to take action to improve the quality of life in their communities.

“This scholarship opened up the doors for me to do what I love,” said Alexa Gruener, student recipient of the RFLF Scholarship. “As a freshman in college, this scholarship has helped me pay my tuition for both semesters, allowing me to take on fewer work hours and thus seek out research and internship opportunities. Currently, I am volunteering at Westminster Free Clinic and working for the Boston University Medical School’s MANOS project, which does research on chronic kidney diseases in field workers from Central America.”

The RFLF Scholarship awarded a total of $23,500 to its recipients, with $10,000 provided by Edison International (Southern California Edison), $10,000 provided by MUFG Union Bank, and $3,000 from individual donations. The Edison International funds are divided among students with STEM majors, while Union Bank and individual donations are divided among students of any major.

“This award has helped me financially to continue my undergrad education at UCSB,” said RFLF Scholarship recipient Denise Castro. “My goal is to become an international teacher and contribute to educational reform so that every student has a chance to receive a quality education and a mentor who believes in their potential to succeed. I am immensely grateful for the financial support because now I am one step closer to achieving my career goals.”

Applications for 2021 recipients are now open for Ventura County low-income student residents, with Cabrillo EDC residents given priority. To apply, visit

To learn more or to donate to the RFLF Scholarship fund, please visit

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Rebecca Austin

Atlanta nonprofit LHTYF and WalMart Team Up for 10th Anniversary Gala

ATLANTA – Dec. 5, 2020 — Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation (LHTYF) announced the 10th Annual Pinnacle Awards & Scholarship Gala on Saturday, December 5th at the Holidays Event Center in Stone Mountain, GA just outside of Atlanta. The event marks the organization’s tenth year serving the Atlanta community while educating children on healthy lifestyle habits to help them avoid obesity, diabetes and hypertension. WalMart teamed up with LHTYF to sponsor this extraordinary occasion.

Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation will honor local professionals who exemplify outstanding career achievement and philanthropy as well as award Atlanta area high school students with $1000 book scholarships for college. The 2020 Pinnacle Award honorees are: Dr. Sakia Franklin-Jones of Atlanta Public Schools, Kelli Stewart of the L.E.A.D. organization, Dr. Debbie Wallace of Emory University and 360 Health Broadcasting Network and Chef Rafih and Rita Benjelloun of Imperial Fez Restaurant.

“We are thrilled to honor such outstanding leaders and philanthropists doing extraordinary work in the community as well as give $1000 scholarships to deserving high school seniors for college,” said Lori A. Manns, founder and president of LHTYF, Inc.

Sponsors of the gala include: Walmart, Publix, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Clover Health and Southern Barter Club. The 10th Annual Pinnacle Awards & Scholarship Gala will feature a gourmet dinner buffet  by Bridge Catering and exciting program with live entertainment. The evening will be hosted by mistress of ceremonies, Twanda Black of WPGN Radio and special guests: Teresa Hardy of NAACP-Dekalb County and Juandolyn Stokes of WAOK  Radio.  The gala will feature live entertainment provided by jazz recording artist and saxophonist, Richard Shaw Jr. The live auction including family vacations, exquisite art and more, will be facilitated by media personality and Marissa Daniel. Tickets and donations for the 10th Annual Pinnacle Awards & Scholarship Gala may be purchased on-line at

To make a tax-deductible donation or obtain more information, please visit the organization’s website. Media interested in covering the event should call the LHTYF team at (800) 551-3775.

About Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation, Inc.

LHTYF was established in 2010 to teach kids healthy lifestyle habits and encourage active involvement of parents in the metro Atlanta area regarding the health and wellness of their children. The mission of Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation is educate, activate, motivate and empower youth in the areas of academic achievement, health, nutrition, fitness and total wellness. LHTYF exists to educate children on healthy lifestyle habits so they are more likely to avoid obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation, Inc.
1270 Caroline Street, Suite D120-307
Atlanta, GA 30307
LaTanya O’Kelly
(800) 551-3775