With the help of several individuals and community organizations, the Boys & Girls Club of Venice has awarded $50,000 in college scholarships to club members who are entering either two year colleges or four year universities in the fall.
The winners of the Wise Family Foundation Scholarship, which annually awards four renewable $2,000 scholarships over four years, are Kimberly Woodruff of Culver City High School, Ashton Edior of Gardena Serra High School, and Erika Tavares and Dilan Torres of Santa Monica High School.
The Wise Family Foundation has committed $162,000 in college scholarships to 22 club alumni over the last five years. The scholarship fund was started by the clubs’ past board president and current board of governors member Michael Wise, a partner at JH Snyder Co.
The David C. Mandell “In His Footsteps” Scholarship awarded three $1,000 college scholarships in honor of the founder and first executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice. Faye Mandell, David Mandell’s widow, and their daughter Arielle Mandell, who now serves on the board of directors, have selected Woodruff, and Freddy Garcia and Jose Garcia of Venice High School as their 2013 scholarship recipients.
This year, past Boys & Girls Club of Venice board member Pat Kandel established the Ruth Wells College Scholarship in honor of her late mother. The inaugural Ruth Wells College Scholarship recipients are Freddy Garcia, Victor Monroy of Palisades Charter High School, Briseida Vargas of Venice High School and Woodruff.
Additional college scholarship funds were provided by the Boys & Girls Club of Venice’s Youth of the Year event sponsors including Bank of America, CAPS Universal, Robins Kaplan Miller and Ciresi, LLP, Nestle USA, Sonrise Westside Church, Staples, and Toyota Financial Services. The Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club’s Caroline Gold Scholarship also awarded a scholarship.
Information, www.bgcv.org.

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