Santa Monica-based One Voice, a non-profit that works to help low-income families, received a $5,000 grant earlier this month from the Heery International Foundation to assist with its scholars program.

One Voice was selected from among more than 40 nominations to be awarded the grant from the Heery International Foundation, the charitable arm of the construction management and architecture firm. The Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach also received a $5,000 foundation grant.

Kevin Arneal, a project manager whose served with Heery for more than ten years, nominated One Voice’s College Scholars Program, which serves approximately 150 low-income high-school, college and graduate students every year. The scholars come from some of Los Angeles County’s most at-risk neighborhoods, and most are the first in their families to go to college.

All of the program’s participants are admitted to four-year colleges and 95 percent graduate from college, according to the foundation. The funds from the Heery International Foundation will be used to purchase books and airline flights for approximately five college juniors in the fall.

“One Voice’s College Scholars Program has one of the highest success rates of any college access program,” said Arneal. “I believe One Voice’s goals to provide financial and educational assistance to the underprivileged is an important step in improving lives and communities.”

The Heery International Foundation was established to provide employees nationwide with a way to pool their collective resources for the purpose of making meaningful grants to worthwhile organizations.

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