Submissions for the Larry H. Parker Community Scholarship program have ended. This year we awarded 30 students!
Check back for details on the 2021 Community Scholarship at the end of this year.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent volatility in the stock market, much of my college fund was lost. As such, money I was counting on to pay for college is now gone and a combination of scholarships can help to fill this void. Additionally, I have a brother who will be starting college next year meaning my parents will have to find financial means for both of us at the same time. Altogether, this scholarship can help to replace what was lost and ease the burden going forward.
In December of 2019, my dad, who is the sole earner in my family, lost his job, and has been working freelance on & off since then. My mother has not been able to work for many years because of some health issues she has after recovering from bone cancer. Because of her chronic medical condition, our healthcare expenses are significant and paid out of pocket, which is a large burden for my family. My mother will also be having another surgery within the coming months, as soon as the coronavirus situation has diminished. My twin sister will also be starting college in the Fall, alongside both me and my older brother, who is currently enrolled in college, something that will also put a strain on my family’s finances. This scholarship money would prove invaluable for me in paying my tuition at MIT and would offer a significant investment into my future as a materials scientist!
K'Ly Jordan Carey
This scholarship will help me buy a MAC Computer to do my homework as well as download music programs so I can major in music at Cal State Northridge.
As a daughter of first generation immigrants, I am aware that having an education is a privilege. Coming from a middle class family, I was able to receive some financial aid but not enough to cover all my college expenses. During the COVID-19 pandemic I have still been working in the office at NAVCO, a security system company, as an IT support clerk so that NAVCO employees can work from home. I am using my income from this job as support for my college tuition because I want to lighten the financial load of a college education on my parents, but my work is not enough to completely alleviate the burden. My sister graduated from college in 2019. With two kids ahead, my parents have been trying their best to save up so my brother and I could also enjoy the luxury of attending college. However, my dad recently retired because of the demanding nature of the workforce so there is not as much financial support as before. With the LHP scholarship, I will have a smoother transition to my first year of college and the financial barriers that have challenged my current education experience. Ever since I was young, my parents have done nothing but facilitate our learning, and I'm hoping I can show some of my gratitude by graduating from a distinguished school like UC Berkeley debt-free.
I’d always wanted to go to college. It had been a decision I had made as a 3rd grader. Obtaining this scholarship would do so much for me. This scholarship would heavily contribute towards my tuition and other college related expenses. Most importantly, the financial burden my mother has to bear would deplete drastically. With this scholarship, I would be able to pursue my dreams of going to college and becoming a vital part of my community.
Patrick Roland A. Florendo
The scholarship award from The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker will help pay for my tuition. Since both my parents are working, our family does not qualify for financial aid. USC is one of the top schools and I am fortunate to be accepted at USC's Viterbi College of Engineering. However, my cost of attendance is very high that my parents need to take out a loan to finance my education. I am applying for scholarships so I can help pay for my education. Scholarship money that I receive will be appreciated and will be used to pay for my tuition. I am attaching a supplemental document that shows my awards, activities, leadership roles, and community service involvement. Thank you to the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker for the opportunity that you're giving us!
With this scholarship, I will be able to buy books to study for the LSAT. I plan to take the LSAT early next year. I will also be able to use the money to pay my apartment rent at UC Berkeley. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, my family has been hit hard with reduced work hours. I lost my work-study job because I had to move home after our school was moved to online instruction. Since then, I have been struggling to find a way to buy books for the LSAT and pay my rent. This scholarship would help me achieve my goals of becoming a lawyer! Thank you for this opportunity.
“Go to college so you won't have to struggle in life like I did”- These were the words that were ingrained into me from a young age. All my life, I understood the importance of receiving an education and applied this throughout my four years of high school. When I received an acceptance letter from UCLA last year, it was the culmination of everything my family and I worked for-- it was my gateway to a better future. I was beyond ecstatic, but the issue of financing my education loomed over me like a shadow. My family does not qualify for aid and my mom had just lost her full-time job. I did not want my family to bear the burden of paying for my education while simultaneously providing for my two younger sisters. At the time, I applied to all the scholarships I qualified for and worked full time during the summer as a counselor. This upcoming year, I will not be able to depend on a stable summer job due to the recent pandemic or reapply to the same scholarships I did when I was a high school senior. Next year, I will be commuting to reduce my financial burden and have applied to several jobs. At UCLA, I am currently majoring in Psychology with the aspiration of attending medical school and becoming a physician-researcher. Winning the Larry H. Parker Scholarship will bring me one step closer to achieving my goal and allow me to one day give back to the community as a practicing physician.
I have continually worried about my ability to financially support my aspirations in the medical field, which to many, incurs a large sum of debt. The oldest sibling of three, I realized the financial impact I have on my younger relatives as well as my parents. Attending the University of California, Los Angeles as a pre-med student, I knew the costs of the six-year-long journey of becoming a pharmaceutical clinical educator, and lacking significant financial aid, I was appalled by the estimated sum of my attendance. However, such setbacks have not stopped me from pursuing my dream career at my dream college.
Throughout high school, I delved into the STEM field as team captain for the Science Olympiad and Science Bowl teams. Working with children every week at the literacy center of my local library, I united my passion for the medical field with my passion for education. Devoted towards education within biological sciences, I was able to become a laboratory assistant within my high school’s science department as well as a mentor for the freshman biology class, allowing me to solidify my future plans and see my hard work pay off.
By applying for scholarships such as The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker Community Scholarship, seeking jobs inside and outside of the University of California, Los Angeles system, and taking numerous Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams during my high school career, I hope to continue aiding my parents' cost for my medical dream. This scholarship will allow me to pursue what I love: the biological medical field, research, and clinical education that has allowed me and will continue to allow me to help students in the biology field. In addition to fueling my medical school dreams and relieving financial burden from my parents, I will have the motivation and support to pursue my dream career at clinical research centers such as the National Institutes of Health.
Daniela J. Jacobson
This scholarship will help me pay for my college tuition and expenses! I have three other siblings, and one is currently a third-year student at Cal Poly. My other siblings also plan on going to college, which will be a stretch on my parents' finances.
This scholarship would go towards tuition at the University of Wyoming. I will major in Computer Science this fall and hope to go into the field of data science after graduating. I've been working at McDonald's for a little over a year to help pay for college, so this scholarship would be a great help.
As a first generation student, winning this scholarship would be very beneficial to me.. My parents are immigrants and created a business from the ground up to support my family. Due to this, I was put into work from a young age. I was always hesitant to attend extracurriculars or school events because I felt that I needed to help my family. I believe this hindered by studies in high school, but I never thought much of it because I was helping those that helped me. During my time at community college, I learned how to balance my time effectively, but I still work a lot to pay for my necessities, textbooks, tuition, and more to excel. I currently work three jobs: as a legal assistant at a firm in Seal Beach, as a social media manager for a recreational sports company, and as a customer service representative for my family's business. This scholarship would be tremendously beneficial because it would allow me some financial stability that I could spend less time stressing over, and more time preparing for an excelling education. I know law school will be expensive, so all the assistance that I can earn towards my undergraduate degree will help me save for law school, and I would be very appreciative.
There was this moral duty I felt as being someone who came from a low-income first-generation background to pursue higher education and work for my passion while serving the community with excellence and utmost care. Seeing my parents working long hours, often coming home exhausted to the bones struggling to make ends meet, convinced me that by working harder, I would see more opportunities in my lifetime. By thriving in the American education system, I would find the means with which to succeed, despite whatever social, cultural, or economic shortcomings my parents might have felt as immigrants in America.
This scholarship would help me pay for my books and supplies, and ultimately relieve the financial burden of earning a college degree. Just like my parents who granted me an equal footing in life through countless sacrifices, I hope to serve others who endure a similar experience--as a prospective psychiatrist.
Ching Ying Li (Vanessa)
I was always told the importance of education, but I never truly understood it until middle school. Like many kids, I preferred the playground over school. However, I soon found myself out of my comfort zone when my family moved to the US in search of more opportunities. The transition did not lead to an easy life. My parents arrived with little money and lived in my grandparent’s house until we were kicked out. Then, until 10th grade, I lived in a small one-room apartment in Alhambra. Without my own room, it was disruptive when my parents argued over financial matters. Both of my parents had to work long hours, so I often did not have transportation to attend events or go to the library. It was also my responsibility to babysit my little brother as well as cook and clean when my parents were out for work.
Nevertheless, I maintained a positive mindset and unwavering attitude. My family's situation taught me to never take anything for granted. Desperate to defy the low expectations that others set on a low-income, first-generation student like me, I was determined to obtain a higher education. Even though none of my parents went to college and my father dropped out of high school, I am not doomed to follow their fate.
The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker Community Scholarship will be a huge help in alleviating the financial burden on my family when I attend Yale University this fall. With this scholarship, I will be able to focus more on my studies in biomedical engineering as well as enriching extracurriculars without letting the cost of my education stop me from reaching my goals in eventually becoming a physician. The funds will be spent towards paying for tuition and buying school supplies in preparation for my first year in college.
College isn't cheap and neither is law school. I’d use the earnings from this scholarship to ensure that I can put all of my energy on my studies in order to secure admittance to a top tier law school. It has been shown overwhelmingly that students who are under financial duress while attending school do not perform as well as their more well-off counterparts. Additionally, when I apply to large law firms for summer associate positions, showing that I won a scholarship from a widely-known law firm would be further evidence that I am a candidate that has kept their eye on the ball and have been focused on the law field longer than the other applicants. As with all money, this scholarship’s actual provided funding will carry me for a shorter period than the actual prestige and overall clout that comes with being able to embellish my resume with a scholarship from a well-known law firm. Most people don't go through the entire process of applying to scholarships, because they believe that it’s too tiresome a process. Being the recipient of a scholarship is an indication of persistence and diligence - both valuable skills to have in the workplace. Money is temporary, but experience and accomplishments are forever.
Not finishing his K-12 education in Vietnam, my immigrant dad quickly dropped out of high school in the United States for a factory job he works to this day to support us from check to check. Barely finishing elementary school back in Vietnam, my immigrant mom also quit her low-paying job in the United States to raise my olders sisters and me. Giving birth to each of us about one year apart from one another and living with my fragile and non-English speaking grandparents, my mom decided that it was impossible for her to handle her work and family life. Both of my parents exchanged familiarity and their birthplaces for a new start in a foreign area, devoting years of their middle-age lives to providing their children a better, educational experience. They rebuilt their lives from nothing. Behind their broken English, they supported my academic and personal decisions, always ready to drive me to volunteer at my local hospital and library and participate in free STEM summer programs. By ensuring that I had access to numerous opportunities, my parents helped me discover my life goal of improving my underserved community. At the hospital, I built friendships with visitors and patients, loving that my words brought laughter. Other times, I stared at the screens that monitored heart rates and watched the IV work its magic on a patient. Fascinated by the medical devices, I uncovered my interest in technology. After volunteering every high school year at a health expo that offered free medical services, I noticed that many low-income individuals and minorities, including those in my immediate community, lacked quality and affordable healthcare due to the high costs. Due to their inability to speak English, their voices for improvements and reforms in healthcare were unheard. Becoming my parents’ translator through bargaining at car dealers to resolving an identity theft crisis, I realized my voice can help thousands in my community be heard. Through languages like Java, Python, C++, and other programming languages, I can create user-friendly healthcare applications. The endless combinations of code parallel the writing instruments of an author, providing the outlet for my concerns about healthcare and bringing my inventions to life. I envision improvements in medical technology as a pathway for better and more inexpensive diagnosis, surgical procedures, and enhanced patient care.
In order to pay back for my parents’ financial and personal sacrifices, I hope to make their dream of their three daughters with college diplomas and my wish to improve my hometown come true. However, the fact that my two older sisters and I will all be in college next year brings the tremendous fear of overwhelming costs of tuition and board and looming debt. Without financial help, it would be difficult to continue attending USC and making use of its immersive research opportunities and a well-established engineering program. While $1,000 will not completely cover USC’s tuition of $57,256, this scholarship will fund other significant, miscellaneous expenses such as textbooks, software, laptop, and other basic school supplies that quickly add up to a lumpy sum of expenses. This $1,000 scholarship will also undoubtedly relieve some of my financial concerns about taking advantage of various college opportunities like STEM conferences and networking events that often require registration fees and transportation and housing costs. Already from my first-year at USC, I have experienced several times of financial insecurity, especially when the majority of my peers are from the middle and upper income brackets and can afford to go on abroad volunteering programs, whereas I cannot simply because of my financial situation. In fact, this scholarship will continue to help me beyond its monetary use, preparing me for my future careers: being able to afford professional clothing for networking events will hopefully lead to successful internships that will ultimately set me up for success as a full-time software engineer.
Receiving this scholarship will help me to achieve my long-term goal of returning back to the community I grew up in and helping as many people as I can to achieve their dreams and aspirations. My purpose in life is to help others and to service. Receiving a bachelor's degree and master's degree will allow me to have a voice in my community and have a career that will strategically allow me to have a significant and positive impact on the lives of others.
Coming from an immigrant family, money has always been a crucial part of my life. Both of my parents work very hard however the income they generate is not sufficient enough to cover all my college expenses. My ultimate goal is to become a dentist so that I could help people with their smiles. With help of this scholarship, I can further educate myself and accomplish my dream of becoming a dentist and helping others.
Being awarded this scholarship, it would help significantly with the cost of books and dorm supplies that would need to be purchased for this upcoming semester.
Winning this scholarship will provide me with greater financial means to purchase books and educational materials that I will need for my courses at Northwestern University. I will be expected to take approximately four classes each quarter and purchase between one and three books per class; with this scholarship, I will have greater ability to purchase all of my necessary books, and, when I have finished using them, give them to students who need the books but also need financial support to purchase them.
Winning the Larry H. Parker Scholarship will not only help me reach my goals of becoming a future health professional, but it will help alleviate stress from my family. I am a LatinX individual, first-generation student, and I come from a low-income household. This scholarship will help my family and I be able to afford my college tuition. This Fall I will be attending the University of Southern California (USC) and I will be studying Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in an undergraduate program in the Keck School of Medicine. I aspire to become a medical doctor and help low-income countries by providing them with quality health care. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity. Winning this scholarship will mean so much to my family and my future. We appreciate it.
Growing up in a low-income household, with an absent father and being raised by a single mother, money is tight. As I grew older I realized the money that my mom's earnings could only go towards necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, and other essentials. By winning this scholarship, not only will it help take the weight off my mother financially, but it would help me purchase items such as textbooks and even a laptop. Although these items may seem small, they are an investment towards my future. My future goal is to transfer out of community college to UCLA or LMU, graduate and then work my way into law school. I want to become a lawyer when I grow up, because I want to be able to give a voice to those who aren't able to defend themselves or their situation. This scholarship money will steer me towards the path of reaching my goals, by providing me the resources and materials that I need such as a laptop and textbooks.
My parents came to this country during the 90’s. In the States, this has put both my parents at a disadvantage as they both did not attend high school or college. I'm a first generation student, pursuing a career in Social Welfare at UC Berkeley. While both my parents work to create a sustainable life for me and my sisters, it isn't easy. I live in a 3-bedroom household with a family of seven. In addition, both my parents still have siblings and grandparents that live in Guatemala that they financially support.
This year, my family has begun the process to gain my residency. This has taken a large financial toll in my family’s ability to make ends meet. Due to my current status, I am unable to receive the pell grant offered to US residents and citizens. These factors also impact my ability to meet eligibility requirements for education loans; while my family is willing to invest in my future through external payments, I do not have the benefit of being offered helpful opportunities like that. In addition, undocumented students are not allowed work study, eliminating another source of help.
With this scholarship, I would be able to ease some of the economic strains and worries that my family and I have. I intend to use that money for the essential indirect costs that are not covered. These things range from my books, supplies, external school fees and most importantly; my travel from LA to Berkeley.
With this scholarship I plan to effectively use the money to purchase books and educational materials to be successful in college. The scholarship will help me fulfill my educational dream of attending a four-year university in fall 2020 to pursue my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. My aspiration is to become a well-rounded engineer to support the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering and enhance my leadership and collaborative skills to apply what I learn from college to become a world changer. I am a first generation college student, so it is very important that I get a higher education and set a positive example for my siblings, friends, and community to follow.
Being a first-generation, working-class student, fully immersing myself in the realm of higher education has been a difficult task to tackle. Like some minority students, I find myself struggling to maintain sufficient study habits in the wake of constantly agonizing over securing enough funds to cover the following month's rent or the following semester's tuition. Within the past year and a half studying at UC Berkeley, one lesson that I have learned is that although my socioeconomic background may serve as a hurdle to my future endeavors, it is certainly within my capacity to persevere through trials and tribulations and to make the necessary sacrifices to advocate for not only myself, but also my family, and to fight for my dreams.
As a contending pre-medical student, my college journey has, so far, been a bumpy ride. However, I know that I am investing in my future and preparing myself to one day achieve my goals of becoming a physician, serving as a resource and inspiration for the youth in my community, disrupting the status quo, and being a reflection of the diligence that my parents have demonstrated throughout my life. Given the honor of receiving the Larry H. Parker Scholarship, I am able to allocate these funds to my tuition, the outrageously high rent that is unfortunately prevalent across the Bay Area, study abroad opportunities, or my future service-learning trip to Lima, Peru. This potential scholarship would act as a catalyst, drawing me one step further towards my aspirations by reducing the financial burden that several first-generation college students, like myself, face. I am a firm believer that a quality and fruitful education should be a fundamental human right and no individual should have to face financial barriers to maximizing their educational experience. Thus, I pledge to lend my hand to individuals in underserved and underrepresented areas when I am in a position to do so.
I have forged a path for myself that has enabled me to continue forward in my academic pursuits, at one point this month this path even led me to decide what institution I would call home with offers from various UC'S, CSU's, and Ivy League colleges. But despite my successes, which I am more than humble about, the conversations at the dinner table always returned to one topic: money.
Many calculator clicks and math-filled pages later, my family and I understood that only through the help of various generous scholarships would I be able to fulfill my collegiate dreams. My ineligibility for federal aid and most scholarships because of my immigration status coupled with only one working parent pushes my need for financial support from scholarships, like the Larry H. Parker Scholarship, even further.
Winning this scholarship will not just help me finance the cost of tuition and fees and room and board to facilitate my ability to obtain a double undergraduate degree in History and Political Science on the road to practice constitutional law, but will also help me serve as a beacon of hope to my family and community that the American Dream remains alive and well.
Truly, it would be the honor of a lifetime to be selected to receive such a generous and kind hearted scholarship.
This scholarship will help me tremendously in that it will take a huge financial burden off of my mother. For as many years as I can remember, she’s been working from day to night to support my family, and the additional monumental costs of my college education and lack of financial aid have only served to heighten her stress. Even now, she places herself at risk heading to work even during these dangerous times in order to support my education despite her frail health. Thus, I am determined to help alleviate her financial and mental stress in any way possible so that we can live peacefully without any worry about money, starting with becoming financially independent. Winning the Larry H. Parker Scholarship would be one step out of many towards making this dream come true.
This scholarship it will greatly help me. I have a older sibling currently attending a university and I want to follow her footsteps. I greatly admire her for chasing her dream and I want to do the same. I grew up in a single parent household with 3 siblings and one income. With this scholarship I would be able to continue my studies and not have to look for a job right from the start. By receiving this I am able to focus on my studies without putting financial strain on my family. It is very hard to support a family of 5 in Los Angeles on one income(mother). I would like to help my family in anyway possible however I also want to further my education.
"I was eleven years old and my sister, Lindsey, was six when one morning would change our lives forever. My mother was murdered by my father; I was thrown off my ship, tossed a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean, but even before this my life was unstable. My father was an alcoholic. I witnessed my father physically abuse and murder my mother. I recall seeing tears running down my mother’s cheek because we could not pay rent and could not afford food.
After my mother’s passing, I was fortunate enough to be taken in by my mother’s brother. My uncle was and continues to be very supportive of me and my little sister, nonetheless, it was very challenging for him and his wife to raise us. I had never felt so alone in a place meant to feel like home; I had trouble sleeping, cried frequently, and my academics were suffering because of this tragedy. These struggles led me to an epiphany.
I realized that this was my second chance to reconstruct my future- it would be a sin to throw it away. At that moment, I promised myself that I would work hard to succeed in school for myself, my mother, and my family- I would be a symbol of representation to all those who did not get that second chance. I forever will be grateful for the sacrifices made and unconditional love my uncle has given me, but living without my mom has been difficult; some days I wish I could go running to find comfort in my mother's arms or share all of my achievements with her. However, I find comfort in believing that she is protecting and guiding me through life from above.
I am proud to say that one day I hope to become a Neonatologist. This choice falls in with my belief that children are special because they shape the world around them as they grow. Being a neonatologist would mean that I get to help these newborns and families continue to fight against all odds and difficulties. I come from a place where life places you in very vulnerable situations mostly every day whether it's gang violence, poverty, drugs, or being in the foster care system. Therefore, I know what it feels like to feel vulnerable and live in fear. Thankfully, I have been blessed enough to have met wonderful people that have influenced who I am today. I want to eliminate or at least help others cope with similar feelings. I want to nurture and show love to these newborns who need it the most. I want these families to know that there is hope and to have faith that everything will turn out alright.
These hardships are the reason I dedicate myself to my education, and why I set high expectations for myself. I know it is not going to be an easy journey, but being the first in my family to earn a college degree would not only open doors for me but it would help me guide those after me. Earning a college degree will help me end this cycle of poverty and disadvantages that not only my family faces but my community. I have faith that if college will change my life and that I will be able to make a difference with the degree that I earn, and most of all make my family proud. I plan to work while attending college because I do not want my college expenses to fall on my; the Larry H. Parker scholarship will help me accomplish this dream. Thank you.
My parents are migrants from Mexico and have been living in the United States for over twenty years. They worked jobs in various factories around the City of Industry and La Puente. After I was born, my mother decided to stay at home to raise my older brother, my cousins, and I. My extended family lived under the same household, which we lost around the time I entered the first grade. This caused the family to splinter in search of apartments around town. My immediate family and I ended up renting a room in a Montclair home for a few years. During this time, I still attended school in Pomona and continued to do well. We would move from place to place within the city until we ended up at the apartment on Holt Avenue in which we previously resided. While filling out the information for FAFSA and the CSS Profile, I was alarmed as my parents revealed to me that they do not have any savings or retirement account. I did not know that we were actually living paycheck to paycheck. I worry that one catastrophe or injury can leave my family destitute. My family members in Mexico who my parents frequently transfer money to would also be left without aid. Despite these circumstances, my parents have been greatly supportive and continue to provide everything I need for school. Neither of them attended high school and as a result, encouraged me to continue through college and pursue my interests, whatever they may be. My goal is to be gainfully employed so that I may provide for my family and show my parents that I appreciate the hard work they put in to raising me.It is for these reasons that I believe that your scholarship will aid me greatly.