February 20, 2004

Scholarship/Grant Opportunities

The Lagrant Foundation is Accepting Applications for $50,000 in Scholarships For Students Studying Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

The Lagrant Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2004/2005 academic year for minority undergraduate students pursuing a degree in advertising, marketing or public relations.

Ten students will receive a scholarship award totaling $5,000. Applications may be obtain through The Lagrant Foundation website, www.lagrantfoundation.org or by calling 323-469-8680. Applications must be returned to The Lagrant Foundation by Wednesday, March 31, 2004 for consideration.

“Since its inception in 1999, The Lagrant Foundation has awarded $220,000 to 50 exceptional minority college students,” said Mr. Kim L. Hunter, founder and president of The Lagrant Foundation. “This year, we want to continue building on the tradition of providing support to students striving for academic excellence in the fields of advertising , public relations and marketing.”

Requirements for applying for scholarships from The Lagrant Foundation include the following: student must be of African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino or Native American descent; must be seeking a 4-year degree at an accredited college or university; must be enrolled in one of the three programs mentioned above; and must make a commitment to maintain contact with The Lagrant Foundation for assistance with professional development.

The mission of The Lagrant Foundation is to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations. The Lagrant Foundation provides mentors, career advisement, internships and educational support to its scholarship recipients.

La Fundación Lagrant Está Aceptando Solicitudes Para Becas por un Total de $50,000 Para Estudiantes en las Áreas de Publicidad, Mercadotecnia y Relaciones Públicas

La Fundación Lagrant (The Lagrant Foundation) (TLF) está aceptando actualmente solicitudes para becas para el año académico 2004/2005 de estudiantes minoritarios que están siguiendo carreras en publicidad, mercadotecnia y relaciones públicas.

Diez estudiantes recibirán como premio una beca por la cantidad de $5,000 cada una. Las solicitudes pueden obtenerse a través de la página web de TLF, www.lagrant foundation.org o llamando al 323-469.8680. Estas deberán ser entregadas para su consideración a TLF a más tardar el miércoles, 31 de marzo de 2004.

“Desde su inicio en 1998, La Fundación Lagrant ha entregado $220,000 a estudiantes universitarios minoritarios excepcionales”, manifestó el Sr. Kim L. Hunter, fundador y presidente de TLF. “Este año deseamos continuar creciendo la tradición de darle apoyo a los estudiantes que luchan por alcanzar excelencia académica en los campos de publicidad, mercadotecnia y relaciones públicas”.

Los requisitos para solicitar las becas de TLF incluyen lo siguiente: el estudiante deberá ser Afroamericano, Asiático/Islas del Pacífico, Latino/Hispano o descendiente de Indios Americanos; deberá estar tratando de conseguir un título de una universidad acreditada de 4 años; deberá estar matriculado en uno de los programas mencionados anteriormente y tendrá que comprometerse a mantenerse en contacto con TLF para ayuda con su desarrollo profesional.

La Fundación Lagrant es una organización no lucrativa 501(c)(3) cuya misión es aumentar el número de minorías étnicas en los campos de la publicidad, mercadotecnia y relaciones públicas a través de becas, talleres de desarrollo, programas del enriquecimiento, tutores y prácticas a Afroamericanos, Indios Americanos, Asiático Americanos y Hispanos/Latinos. Para más información de La Fundación Lagrant, visita www.lagrantfoundation.org.

Grant to Help First-Time Homebuyers

$1 Million State Grant Will Help Low-Income Homebuyers With Down Payment

The County Department of Housing and Community Development has been awarded a $1 million Call-Home grant from the state to operate a first-time homebuyer mortgage assistance program. Funding for the grant was provided by the passage of Proposition 46, the Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2002.

Increases in San Diego County home prices have dramatically outpaced the median income of County residents, thereby reducing the ability of low-income households to purchase a home. First-time homebuyers with a gross annual income of less than 80 percent of the region’s median income may be eligible to receive a 3 percent simple interest, 30-year deferred loan to assist with their down payment and closing costs. The secondary financing will dramatically strengthen the ability of low-income, first-time homebuyers to purchase a home in the County of San Diego

“San Diego County’s housing prices make it tough for families to make the jump from renter to owner. We are looking forward to helping low-income families get into their first home with the assistance of programs such as this,” said Chairwoman Dianne Jacob of the County Board of Supervisors.

Members of the public who want more information about the program can call Tom D’Lugo of the County Department of Housing and Community Development at (858) 694-8741. Funds should be available for qualified applicants by early April, according to officials with Housing and Community Development.

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