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Long Beach Rotary Scholarship Foundation




The Long Beach Rotary Scholarship Foundation (LBRSF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, was established by Long Beach Rotarians to offer scholarships to Long Beach area students at Long Beach City College (LBCC) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

Rotarians providing scholarships to our local colleges began in 1956.  In 1963, the LBRSF was formed.  It was started with contributions from Rotarians and other third parties.  One of those first contributions was from Rotarian Hap Appleton who donated appreciated stock he bought in the 1930s in a lesser-known company - IBM.  As a result of the generous contribution of Long Beach Rotarians and other third parties, the Foundation currently has assets totaling over $10 million including a 50% interest in an industrial building in Irvine donated by Albert Reingardt.  A Board of Directors consisting entirely of Long Beach Rotarians administers the Foundation.

As a result of the generosity of Long Beach Rotarians and the on-going efforts of the LBRSF, during the 2014-2015 school year we financially supported more than 290 scholarships with a value of about $365,000 to LBCC and CSULB students.

In our 50+ year history, the Scholarship Foundation has funded over thirty five hundred annual student scholarships totaling more than four million dollars.



Long Beach Rotary Scholarship Foundation scholarship and grant recipients shall not be a member or honorary member of Long Beach Rotary, an employee of Long Beach Rotary, or the spouse, lineal descendant, spouse of lineal descendant, stepchild or parent (collectively referred to as “Family Member”) of a member, honorary member or employee of Long Beach Rotary.  Long Beach Rotarians and their Family Members shall remain ineligible for scholarships and grants for 36 months after the Long Beach Rotarian has discontinued his or her membership in Long Beach Rotary.  If a scholarship or grant was first awarded to a Family Member prior to a person becoming a member of Long Beach Rotary, that Family Member’s scholarship may continue so long as he or she otherwise remains eligible to continue the scholarship or grant.  As scholarships may be awarded to recipients residing in the cities of Signal Hill, Lakewood and Avalon the same restrictions set forth above shall also apply to Signal Hill Rotary, Lakewood Rotary, and Avalon Rotary.


The Foundation presently awards five types of scholarships at LBCC. This past year we awarded over 140 scholarships totaling over $100,000.

Traditional Scholarships:

  • Long Beach area high school seniors
  • Application is through your high school counselor
  • Selection based on recommendations of high school counselors
  • $1,000 - $1,200 per year ($400 1st semester; $600 each following semester)  
  • Renewed through graduation or up to six semesters if student remains an eligible full time student
  • Scholarship recipients who maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average receive $1,500 per year 

Honor Scholarships:

  • Up to ten (10) $1,500 Honor Scholarships
  • Awarded to LBCC high achieving (3.5 or above grade point average) students in the LBCC Honors Program  
  • Application through LBCC Honors Program counselors followed by interview

Long Beach Promise:

In 2007 the Foundation became a founding partner in LBCC’s “Long Beach Promise” program, which is a collaborative program between the Long Beach School District, LBCC and CSULB that promises the opportunity of a college education to every student in the LBUSD. The Foundation has committed to contribute up to $150,000 that is to be awarded on a yearly basis of up to $30,000. 

  • Our scholarship funds are used to pay the first semester tuition of qualifying, incoming freshmen from a Long Beach or Lakewood High School up to a maximum of $300 per student.

Career Technical Education (CTE) Scholarships:

  • Up to ten (10) annual $1,200 CTE (formerly known as vocational) scholarships 
  • For trade and healthcare students  
  • Application is through LBCC Scholarship Office. Please see Shyra Compton.

Community College Scholarships:

  • Up to ten (10) annual $1,200 Community College scholarships 
  • Students at LBCC who reside in the Long Beach area
  • Students who have returned to complete their education after a hiatus 
  • Application is through LBCC Scholarship Office. Please see Shyra Compton


The Foundation has three categories of scholarships that it supports at CSULB. This past year over 140 scholarships were awarded totaling over $220,000.  

Traditional Scholarships:

  • Awarded to students who attended Long Beach area high schools or matriculated from Rotary LBCC scholarship program to CSULB
  • Application is through your high school counselor
  • $2,500 yearly scholarship 
  • Renewed through graduation, or up to ten semesters, if student completes at least 12 units per semester and maintains a qualifying GPA

Millennium Scholarships:

In 2003 we established the Millennium Scholar Program and currently award approximately twelve (12).  Since the inception of this program our Millennium Scholars have a graduation rate in excess of 95%. 

  • $2,500 annual scholarships to current CSULB students meeting our criteria 
  • Awarded to students who did not apply when graduating from high school or transferring from LBCC 
  • Application is through the Center for Scholarship Information at CSULB

President's Scholarship Program:

The Foundation also participates in the President’s Scholarship Program initiated by former CSULB President Robert Maxson. These scholarships are awarded to high school valedictorians and National Merit Scholars each year. We sponsor two Presidential Scholars who are all graduates of Long Beach area high schools. We have encouraged a mentoring relationship between Long Beach Rotary members and our Presidential Scholars. 


In 2010 a program was added for students in health related fields, preferably nursing, at both LBCC and CSULB funded by the estate of Bill Slaughter in memory of his father, Theron H. Slaughter, M.D., the former Chief of Staff at Long Beach Community Hospital.  


  • Up to two (2) two year $2,500 per year scholarships
  • Awarded annually to LBCC students in the ADN Nursing program
  • Currently participating in clinical work at St. Mary's Medical Center
  • Application is through St. Mary Medical Center Nurse Scholar Program


  • Up to two (2) two year $2,500 per year scholarships
  • Awarded annually to CSULB students in a health related field of study
  • Currently participating in clinical work in a Long Beach area hospital
  • Application is through the Center for Scholarship Information [ here ].


Frank and Margie Newell made a generous gift to the Foundation in the amount of $100,000 to fund scholarships for high school graduates of the two schools where members of the Newell Family received their education - Wilson and Poly.  This past year scholarships were awarded to one Poly student attending CSULB and one each to a Poly and Wilson student attending LBCC.  Scholars will be awarded $3,000 for CSULB and $1,500 for LBCC.

  • Scholarship is for a one- year period
  • Applicants may or may not be Rotary Scholarship recipients
  • Open to June graduates of Long Beach Polytechnic High School or Long Beach Wilson High School
  • Students must be accepted to and enrolled as current Fall incoming freshmen at LBCC or CSULB
  • Application is through high school counselors at Long Beach Polytechnic and Woodrow Wilson
  • Criteria includes but not limited to students who have overcome personal, family or economic challenges
  • Criteria includes but not limited to students who are a source of inspiration through community service, extra-curricular activities and accomplishments


Rotary, and indeed all of Long Beach, suffered a stunning loss, on March 16, 2011, with the passing of our beloved Mark Bixby, LB Rotary President 2003-2004. Mark was a living example of "Service Above Self". He was instrumental in the efforts to create Rotary Centennial Park, Camp Enterprise and was a supporter of all Long Beach Rotary's charitable endeavors.  Our Rotary Scholarship Foundation Board has unanimously established the Mark Bixby Leadership Award in his honor. Mark worked tirelessly on behalf of the youth in our community and we are grateful for this opportunity to create this legacy as a tribute.

  • One time $3,000. award
  • Presented annual to a current Long Beach Rotary Scholarship Foundation scholarship recipient who has successfully completed two semesters as a Rotary scholarship recipient
  • Application through the Foundation followed by finalist interview.


The Fall 2015 Scholarship Summary Page [ here ] and Application [ here ] can be accessed here or from your high school counselor (listed below).



  • Your scholarship may be transferable
  • If you are a current Rotary scholarship recipient at LBCC and transferring to CSULB, please advise Shyra Compton 


You may be eligible for a Rotary Millennium Scholarship if you:

  • are a current student at CSULB 
  • previously attended a Long Beach Area High School
  • Applications for Fall 2015 became available January 21, 2015 and will close on March 5, 2015 at 4pmPST.   Please note this link for application information [ here ].



  • Selection for the St. Mary's Medical Center Nursing Scholar Program begins in the spring during the annual Nurse Scholar Orientation at LBCC.  Scholarship applications are distributed during this mandatory meeting. 
  • Application shall be made through the St. Mary Medical Nurse Scholar selection process.
  • Applications opened January 21, 2015 and close March 5, 2015 at 4pm. 
  • Applications are submitted through the CSULB Center for Scholarship Information.  [ here ]


  • Applications are due by Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 5pm
  • Criteria [ here } and Application [ here]  
  • Completed Applications must be submitted to High School Counselors at Wilson and/or Poly High Schools.


  • If you are a current qualified recipient and wish to apply for thMark Bixby Leadership Award please review the criteria [ here ] and application [ here ]
  • Application deadline is Friday, March 13, 2015, 5pm  


Our Foundation encourages donations, gifts or bequests from Long Beach Rotarians and other interested parties who support our programs providing scholarships to Long Beach area students. Any donations should be payable to: Long Beach Rotary Scholarship Foundation in care of Rotary Club of Long Beach 1119 Queens Highway, Suite 103 Long Beach, California 90802.

Gift Acceptance Policy


2014-2015 BOARD of DIRECTORS

Craig Dougherty, Chair
Cam Killingsworth, Vice Chair
Mark Schneider, Secretary
Jim Worsham, Chief Financial Officer
Frank Newell, Past Chair
Don Cochran
Craig Cross 
Mark Curtis 
Larry Jackson
Jerry Lane 
Bob Luskin
Jane Netherton 
Gail Schwandner
Jean Bixby Smith
Bob Steuber 

Letty Totah, Executive Director -




It is the policy of the Long Beach Rotary Scholarship Foundation that 100% of its donations and grants-in-aid go to the benefit of the scholarship recipients.  The policy of the Long Beach Rotary Scholarship Foundation is to prohibit overhead and administrative fees being charged by California State University Long Beach ("CSULB"), Long Beach City College ("LBCC") or any other educational or vocational institution on scholarships and grants-in-aid awarded by the Foundation.