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The Propeller Club of Los Angeles-Long Beach is offering scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000 to graduating high school seniors. In 2019, the Board of Governors established two additional scholarships in memory of David Arian and Adam Birkenbach awarding $1,000 each.


This scholarship is open to high school seniors currently attending schools located in the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, San Pedro, Wilmington, Narbonne HS and or living in Harbor City or Carson and demonstrating deserving academic records, outstanding citizenship and school and community service.


Please provide two letters of reference; one from a teacher or counselor and one from an adult who is familiar with your schoolwork and activities that should be considered in reviewing eligibility for scholarships. Do not include relatives or fellow students. The letter of reference does not have to be specific to this scholarship.

the 2022 scholarship application is NOW CLOSED


Application Process

The application must be completed in full. In addition, the following questions shall be answered on a separate sheet:

  1. Attach a 500 word, typed essay answering ONE of the following questions below (A or B):
        A. What do you see as the biggest challenges for the continued growth and success of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and           what suggestions do you have for the Ports to overcome those challenges?
        B. Tell us about a social issue that you are passionate about and any ideas you have for helping solve problems related to it, i.e. the             environment, politics, homelessness, poverty, education, etc.
  2. Please list your most important school activities, community service and work experience. If you prefer to provide a resume, you are welcome to do so.
  3. Please attach a copy of your unofficial high school transcripts to support your reported GPA.
  4. Are there any other factors the Selection Committee should consider (i.e. family ties to the maritime industry, first generation college student, etc.)?

Scholarship Committee

Co-Chair: Sue Dvonch
Co-Chair: JaneƩ Ortiz
Jessica Alvarenga
Robert Crowder


Satyamuny Weir
Satyamuny Weir
Adam Birkenbach Scholarship Winner


"Today, the 26th of August, marks my second day of attending classes at UC Berkeley as a mechanical engineering student. Recently I have become very focused on direct-air-carbon-capture and I plan to help progress research on this new technology to alleviate the climate crisis. This scholarship is funding my future because money was such a huge consideration in my choice of where to attend university. I almost didn't go to Berkeley because I was afraid that my family and I wouldn't be able to pay for it without being in significant student loan debt. I am so excited for the next four years of my life and without the generous donation from the Adam Birkenbach scholarship, it would be harder to pursue my academic interests in carbon sequestration as more time would be spent working to pay for school. I appreciate everything the scholarship committee has done for me and I plan to use my education to represent Long Beach well and make a positive impact on the world."

Nailah Robinson
Nailah Robinson
David Arian Scholarship Winner


"Thank you for your commitment to supporting my academic career at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Molecular Cell Biology with an emphasis in Genetics. I think that it is important to share my long-term goals so that you have a clear idea of who you are supporting. My long-term goal is to become a medical doctor (MD). After I complete my undergraduate career, I plan to take the MCAT in order to be eligible for medical school. After medical school, a personal goal of mine is to tackle the documented disparities, in the medical field, that are disproportionately affecting minority communities. Specifically, I want to make an impact in the field of medicine by raising awareness, opening a free health clinic and contributing to groundbreaking research on the infant mortality rate, sickle cell anemia, diabetes and heart disease. All of these conditions unduly affect women and/or minorities. The COVID-19 pandemic reaffirmed my desire to become a change-agent in medicine, because it disproportionately affected minorities who live with some of the aforementioned conditions. As I begin my journey, your support is both confirmation that I am on the right path and motivation to succeed despite life’s challenges. I am truly grateful for this scholarship. I’ll aim to make you all proud of your investment in my future. Thank you!"

Liam Alpern
Liam Allpern
Scholarship Winner


"There are few activities throughout childhood which are performed with the inherent purpose of making one’s way along some future path. For the most part, from kindergarten through high school, the future remains entirely nebulous. The exception to this rule is school. From early on, students can recognize the path that education takes them down, from elementary school, to junior high, high school, and college at the end. The traversing of this track is done through the acquisition of knowledge for the implicit purpose of attaining future knowledge along the way. Of course, the school system is also explicitly a route into the workforce, but this is a complication of proper schooling and not the purpose of it. If it was, English class would be concerned with the construction of resumes and the conducting of interviews, not the abstract analysis of fiction. What this scholarship allows me to do is complete the final and most pure leg of my journey. With the financial assistance of the Propeller Club I have been enabled to enroll at Swarthmore College where for four years I can explore the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences with the sole intent of questioning, learning, and comprehending as I progress towards graduation."

Stefanny Cachia
Scholarship Winner


"This fall I will be attending the University of California, Berkeley while majoring in Bioengineering. This scholarship has helped relieve a lot of stress that comes from the financial struggles of attending a four year university. I was worried that I would not be able to pursue higher education right after high school. The Propeller Club of Los Angeles/Long Beach has helped relieve me of some of this anxiety, allowing me to better focus on my studies and academic endeavors, such as research and internship opportunities that I plan to pursue this upcoming summer. I feel beyond fortunate to have been selected to receive this scholarship."

Mia DiConstanzo
Scholarship Winner


"Hello, my name is Mia DiCostanzo and I am a proud recipient of the Propeller Club scholarship. The scholarship will make an impact as I intend to study environmental science at UCSB starting in the fall. I am very passionate about the environment and intend to work against climate change in the future and the scholarship will the ease the financial burden that college can place on students. Thank you to the Propeller Club for their generous scholarship!"


Past Scholarship Recipients

2020 Winners

Ronald Wicks
Dr. Richard A Vladovic Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy
Adam Birkenbach Scholarship of $1,000

Thessa Malauulu
St. Anthony High School
David Arian Scholarship of $1,000

Clark Boyce
Long Beach Polytechnic High School

Laura Yontz
Long Beach Polytechnic High School

2018 Winners

Ethan Horvath
Millikan High School (Thank You Letter)

Francis DeGuzman
Cabrillo High School

Joy Rowden
California State University, Long Beach

Timothy Oloimooja
Port of Los Angeles High School

2019 Winners

Itohan Ero
CA Academy of Math/Science
Adam Birkenbach Scholarship of $1,000

Evelyn Zandejas
Commissioner David Arian Scholarship of $1,000

Gerard Legaspi
SATO Academy

Kendall Dimson

2017 Winners

Hunter Bjazevich
Mary Star of the Sea High School

Guadalupe Del Cid
Port of Los Angeles High School

Arturo Hernandez
Phineas Banning High School

Daisy Loera
Banning Academies of Creative and Innovative Sciences High School

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