New Scholarships Funded by Bandai

8bb09583-1e34-4bb8-ac89-3dfd6ae6aaa1The Culver City Community Scholarship Fund will give twelve new scholarships in 2015, thanks to a $6,000 grant from the Bandai Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by Bandai, the Japanese toy and video game company, as a way to give back to the community that has made its products successful in the United States. The Culver City Community Scholarship Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, seeks out and maintains funds to be given as scholarships to graduating seniors from Culver City High School and Culver Park High School.

Each year, the Bandai Foundation accepts grant applications from qualified non-profit organizations that support children. This year the Bandai Foundation focused its efforts on a campaign dedicated to organizations that promote positive changes in the lives of youth at risk and address the systematic and practical challenges the youth and families face. Special consideration was given to grant applications that share The Bandai Foundation’s 2014 mission.

The award was presented at the annual “Time For Giving” celebration on November 18 at the Bandai America headquarters in Cypress. Scholarship Fund Board members Margaret Fujisawa, Michael Laase and Karen Pyenson (pictured) attended the ceremony.

Although the Scholarship Fund most recently gave out 123 scholarships totaling over $133,000, there is always a great need and many deserving students are not selected, according to Co-President Margaret Fujisawa, who continued, “the Bandai Foundation’s mission is to transform the lives of children and youth, and being able to attend college definitely supports this mission. n the Bandai application we wrote that we hope to increase the number of scholarships granted to students from low-income families. With this grant, we will award 12 Bandai Foundation Scholarships of $500 each, given to students with greatest financial need.”

Students can apply through the regular Scholarship Fund application process, beginning in late January.

Individuals or businesses wishing to donate to the fund may send checks made out to Culver City Community Scholarship Fund, Culver City High School, 4401 Elenda St., Culver City, CA 90230, attention: Margaret Fujisawa, College Career Center, or make a secure donation at the Fund’s website, Those who wish to set up a new named scholarship for 2015 are asked to contact Margaret at (310) 842-4200, extension 3558.

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