Boys & Girls Club of Venice employees Monet Morris and Jasmin Gonzalez, who are both attending college, have been awarded a $1,000 scholarship as the inaugural recipients of the David C. Mandell In His Footsteps College Scholarship Fund.

Morris, the unit director for the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, attends California State University-Dominguez Hills, and Gonzalez, who is a part-time program assistant, attends Argosy University.

The scholarship they received is named after Mandell, the founder and first executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice. For 27 years, Mandell worked to ensure that local youth and their families have a safe haven in which all cultures and ethnicities could come to learn and share.

“The scholarship opportunity provided by the Mandells speaks volumes about their commitment to the club,” said Erikk Aldridge, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice. “Through the scholarship fund, they are investing in the future of committed employees who are integral in changing lives everyday.”

The fund was created last year in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice. Faye Mandell, the widow of Mandell, their daughter Arielle Mandell, along with friends, established the David C. Mandell, In His Footsteps College Scholarship Fund. The fund provides scholarships for Boys & Girls Club of Venice employees who are working to complete their undergraduate degree, and have made a commitment to serve in the field of youth development upon completion of their studies.

Donations to the fund have come from friends of the club and friends of the Mandells. Contributions to the scholarship fund are welcomed.

For more information on how to contribute, Joyce Thomas at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice at (310) 390-4477 or joyce@bgcv.org/.

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