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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 2023 scholarship application is NOW CLOSED. CHECK BACK MAY 2024 FOR NEXT YEARS APPLICATION. 

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: Janeé Ortiz
Co-Chair: Tim Kirchhoff


Satyamuny Weir
Hebah Halibi, David Arian Scholarship Award Winner


"As a young child part of the educational system within the United States I was lucky enough to be taught core values in school through a systematic manner. These values evidently enabled me to seek a higher education and allowed me to explore different aspects within a society where racial injustice continues to occur, mental health is considered dismissible and generations of societal poverty continue to be passed down. I will be majoring in sociology with the shifted focus towards preliminary law this upcoming fall quarter at the University of California, Los Angeles. Majoring in such aspects is going to allow me to best understand the choices of individuals and communities put together. As fall quarter is right around the corner, I have chosen to join various clubs and extracurriculars that lean towards my niche. I have enrolled in Model UN as well as Mock Trials which are essentially a resource for students learning about different aspects through law and society's lens. With countless hours of determination and hard work, I have been able to plan a list of courses I should take to be able to graduate within the span of 3 years."

Nailah Robinson
Daniel Torok, Adam Birkenbach Scholarship Award Winner


"This fall I will be attending UC Berkeley, studying bioengineering. As a first generation, low-income student, I had many doubts of the possibility of attending my dream university. However, the news of winning the 2022 Propeller Club of LA/Long Beach Scholarship gave me the hope that I could afford going to this school. Now, I am able to attend the number one public university for bioengineering, making my dreams even closer than they were before. Ultimately, I plan to pursue a concentration in cellular and tissue engineering and participate in the world class research happening at Berkeley. I am thankful for this scholarship and for the opportunity to continue my endeavors in higher education."

Liam Alpern
Alegria Carr, Scholarship Award Winner


Alegria Carr is an incoming freshman at Western Washington University’s Honors College. She plans to major in Environmental Studies in hopes of making a positive impact on the sustainable practices not just of her community but also of the world. Allie is passionate about finding creative solutions to personal and corporate energy needs. She is particularly excited about the opportunities to collaborate with people and organizations from a wide variety of disciplines to solve the world’s most challenging climate issues.

Isabella Del Gaudio, Scholarship Award Winner


"I am honored to be the recipient of the LA/Long Beach Propeller Club Scholarship. Your generous contribution has helped me to pursue my undergraduate degree in Legal Studies at the University of Southern California. I am currently enrolled in the USC Dornife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences with a focus on Pre-law and a Minor in Accounting. During high school, I maintained a 4.3 GPA and actively participated in Down For Dance, Long Beach Search and Rescue, and an internship with the Long Beach City Prosecutor. My current intentions are to use the valuable knowledge, skills, and expertise I gain during my time at the University of Southern California to continue to be a leader and change-maker in my community."

Rachel Perry, Scholarship Award Winner


"This fall, I will enroll at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where I hope to major in Computer Science and/or Applied Mathematics. One of my goals is to design the next generation of wearable health and fitness devices that can provide real time notification of things like high blood pressure or blood clots. I am also an Athlete on Emory's Women's Soccer Team. Starting in September our team will compete for its seventh (UAA) University Athletic Association Championship. I am eager to contribute to that effort. This scholarship is one of the reasons I can attend Emory. This year my Older Brother and I will both be in college at the same time. That places a significant financial burden on my family. Scholarships like this one have made it possible to pursue my goals and I am very grateful to the Propeller Club of Los Angeles/Long Beach."

Odalys Zapata, Scholarship Award Winner

"With the support from the Propeller Club’s LA/LB scholarship, it guarantees that I can do what matters most to me, advocating for equitable policies in my community. Instead of focusing on financial burdens, I can fully immerse myself in my studies which will further translate to me giving back to my community as I continue my undergraduate degree. In the fall I will be studying public policy, with an emphasis on economic and social policy. With the Propellor Club's support, now I can plan on studying abroad to learn different policy work throughout the globe. I would like to thank the scholarship committee for believing in me as it inspires me to learn as much as I can to make a positive impact."



Past Scholarship Recipients


Satyamuny Weir
Adam Birkenbach Scholarship Winner

Nailah Robinson
David Arian Scholarship Winner

Liam Allpern
Scholarship Winner

Stefanny Cachia
Scholarship Winner

Mia DiConstanzo
Scholarship Winner

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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