Grand Prix Foundation 5K Start

Seven high school seniors from Long Beach will be adding $1,500 to their college funds later this month, thanks to the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach.

This is the 22nd year the foundation has awarded Robert E. Leslie Scholarships. Leslie was a Long Beach Fire Chief and one of the first Grand Prix Foundation board members.

“We had by far the most applications yet,” scholarship committee member (and Robert Leslie's son) Kevin Leslie said. "There were so many deserving, qualified students, including one from the first senior class of McBride High School. We are pleased we could help a few of these students.”

The foundation awards seven unrestricted scholarships of $1,500. The checks will be presented March 27 at a reception at Boathouse on the Bay.

The winners and their high schools are, in alphabetical order:

Sergio Diaz, Cabrillo; Hannah Isabella Doroteo, Lakewood; Mark Leonardo Gliane, Cabrillo; Natalia Guzman, Wilson; Ashley Munoz, Lakewood; Daniela Saavedra-Gallegos, Wilson; and Nicholas Salinas, St. Anthony.

Money for the scholarships are raised at the foundation's two signature events — the Run The Course 5K on March 31 this year, and the Monte Carlo Night on Friday, April 12, during race week. 

In addition to the scholarships, the Grand Prix Foundation has raised and donated more than $4 million to Long Beach area charities, in the last 29 years. Some of those recipients are Long Beach Area Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, Shortstop, Interval House, and WomenShelter.

The all-volunteer organization donates more than 95% of the money it raises to local area charities. For more information about the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach, go to

The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, the 45th running of the largest road race in the country, is April 12-14. For information and tickets, go to

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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