Scholarships

The Long Beach Community Foundation is pleased to offer the following scholarships:

Don Knabe Safe Surrender Scholarship Fund

A California state law was created in January 2001 that allows an infant to be safely surrendered voluntarily to a police, fire or hospital facility, by a parent or person with lawful custody, within 72 hours of the birth. Despite the passage of this law, Don Knabe was alarmed by the number of infants that continued to be abandoned. As an LA County Supervisor, he took steps to direct several Los Angeles County agencies to provide recommendations on how to improve the program. In 2002, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the implementation of 12 recommendations to improve and promote the program. These efforts have been successful in minimizing the number of abandoned infants in Los Angeles County since 2001. Passionate about the cause, Supervisor Knabe initiated a scholarship fund at the Long Beach Community Foundation in 2014 to provide scholarships for children safely surrendered in Los Angeles County.

All children adopted through the Los Angeles County Safe Surrender Program are eligible to apply within three years from the time they turn 17. The scholarships may be used at accredited institutions for higher education including universities, community colleges and vocational schools. Scholarship values will vary and are based on the number of applicants and available funding.

Eligible candidates for the Don Knabe Safe Surrender Scholarship can begin the application here:


Ensemble Scholarship Fund

Ensemble Investments, LLC has established a scholarship program through the Long Beach Community Foundation (LBCF) to award scholarships to college students or college-bound individuals, regardless of age or course of study, based on a student’s determination to succeed. Preference will be given to highly motivated individuals who demonstrate the drive to succeed through education at an accredited Community College, Vocational College, Career College, or University. Graduating high school students and currently enrolled college students are eligible to apply.

If you are a previous Ensemble scholarship recipient who would like to upload the required documents to process a scholarship payment, please click here.


Larry Acterman Public Education Award

Having taught for 33 years in the Long Beach Unified School District, Larry Acterman is remembered as a dedicated social studies teacher and mentor.  A tireless advocate for public education, he championed improvements in the public school system at the local, regional and national levels.  To honor their father’s lifelong commitment to public education, his children Steve Acterman and Amy (Acterman) Tenderich established the Larry Acterman Public Education Award (LAPEA) as a permanently-endowed scholarship fund at the Long Beach Community Foundation, with the goal of encouraging and supporting students interested in pursuing a career as a California public school teacher.


Patricia K. Buck Scholarship Fund

Patricia K. Buck Scholarships are granted to graduating seniors of Wilson High School, Long Beach, CA. Scholarships are selected by Wilson High counselors and can be used for tuition, room and board or expenses relating to college or university enrollment. Applicants for scholarships will be judged on scholastic achievement, service to their community, and financial need and must be recommended by the principal of Wilson High School.