Goodman Scholarships at UCLA Community School
Since 2015, Dave (UCLA BA '84) and Pellie Anderson (UCLA BA '85) have provided scholarships to UCLA Community School graduates. As Bruins, they wanted to help these graduates attend the University of California. The Goodman Scholarships honor Dave’s mother, Marcia Goodman (UCLA BA '54, MA Ed '61) and uncle Stanley Goodman (UCLA BA '40). Stan played with J.D. Morgan on the 1938-40 UCLA tennis team and was coached by William “Bill” Ackerman. Dave's father Richard Anderson also graduated from UCLA (BA '55, MBA '61).
“My mom taught elementary school for 20 years two miles from the UCLA Community School and the Goodman family lived close by for 90 years. Supporting the growth of the community was very important to both of them. While Goodman scholarships have helped 12 students attend the University of California, the ability of these scholars to give back to their families and their communities multiplies the value of their education. This circle of giving provides paths of opportunity that enhance communities & change lives.”
– Dave and Pellie Anderson
Help UCLA-CS students reach their full potential
Although 92% of the school’s K-12 students are low income — higher than the statewide and districtwide averages — 91% of its graduates go on to pursue higher education. UCLA-CS students, however, face financial barriers to success in higher education. Enable students to reach their full potential by providing scholarship support. Every contribution is one less dollar these students have to work for or is one less dollar of student debt.
“The scholarship helped me in many ways throughout my 4 years in college and I am beyond thankful for it. It helped me pay for textbooks, online codes, room and board, and during my last year it helped me pay for my groceries.”
– Daisy Nunez Gil, UCLA CS Class of 2015
Scholarship support will provide UCLA-CS graduates opportunity through higher education. For these traditionally marginalized students, scholarships not only relieve financial stress but also serve as inspiration and motivation knowing that others believe in them and their potential. Your gift is an investment in the new generation of scholars and world leaders who will shape our future.
“The past four years have been the best, and I've learned a lot. I even almost got chosen to speak at my graduation to share all of my experiences. All thanks to my village, which includes your family, so I'll forever be thankful!"
– Romana Maralit, UCLA CS Class of 2015
Who are Community School Students
UCLA Community School was launched in 2009 as a partnership between UCLA and the Los Angeles Unified School District. The school serves Koreatown and Pico-Union, where residents are primarily from Mexico, Central America, and Korea. The school enrolls a large number of transient and immigrant students, first generation college-going students, and socioeconomically disadvantaged students.
Ever since she was little, Joselyne Franco wanted to go into medicine like her mother, who had been a nurse before emigrating from Guatemala. Growing up in a Los Angeles neighborhood where few students went to college and in a family that sometimes couldn’t afford the basics like notebooks, Franco saw her dream as out of reach.
“I was so scared, because I'm the first in my family to go to college. I was going for the safety schools, and she (Beth Trinchero, RFK UCLA College Counselor) was like, 'No, you deserve UCLA. Apply to UCLA.'"
– Joselyne Franco, UCLA CS Class of 2016, UCLA '20
Even when the odds are stacked against them, UCLA Community School students remain resilient and go on to pursue higher education. Now a UCLA junior, Joselyne is preparing to take exams for medical school so she can become a doctor.
UCLA Community School students are confident, capable, and successful.