First published in the Sept. 8 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
The Pasadena Police Foundation, in partnership with the Interdenominational Ministerial alliance of Greater Pasadena and First African Methodist Episcopal Church Rev. Larry Campbell, recently gave laptop computers and $2,000 scholarships to college-bound local students.
The gifts were part of an ongoing partnership between the Pasadena Police Foundation and the Pasadena Police Department’s Interim Chief Jason Clawson, in which funds are diverted to support education and the community. More than three dozen computers have been given out since last year.
Local students who were honored included:
Kennedy Hackett is a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church, where the Rev. Tyrone Skinner is the pastor.
At church, she was an active member of the youth fellowship program and Bible study. She graduated from John Muir High school with a 4.0 unweighted grade-point average, 4.43 weighted.
Hackett participated in several extra-curricular activities including Associate Student Body, Black Student Union, Class of 2022 Cabinet, track and field and the pep squad. Kennedy is attending Harvard University and plans to major in biomedical engineering.
Her long-term goal is to become either a pediatrician or a pediatric surgeon.
Mikyaela Liggins is a member of Zion Star Missionary Baptist Church, where the Rev. John B. Bledsoe is the pastor.
At church, she was a praise dancer and participated in the youth fellowship program. Liggins graduated from John Muir High School with a 3.5 grade-point average.
As a high school student, she was president of the Girls Club and participated in track and field and the Puente program. She was part of the dual-enrollment program with Pasadena City College and was a Special Olympics volunteer.
Liggins will attend Tuskegee University to major in aerospace engineering. Her long-term goals are to work for JPL or NASA, own a gas station, write a book, help others, be a role model and do something memorable.
Isaiah Crowell is a member of First AME Church Pasadena, where the Rev. Larry E. Campbell is the pastor.
At church, he was an active member of the Youth Fellowship program and assisted with leading worship. Isaiah graduated from Maranatha High School with a 3.11 grade-point average.
He served as the captain of the varsity soccer team and also participated in varsity golf, the photography club and the Black Student Union. Crowell will attend Cal State University Northridge, where he plans to major in psychology.
His long-term goal is to become a psychologist and develop programs to help children deal with the effects of divorce and parental separation.
Alyssa Wright is a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church, where the Rev. Tyrone Skinner is the pastor.
She graduated from John Muir High School with a 3.32 grade-point average.
She participated in volleyball, the Black Student Union, the Puente program, the business academy, and the early academic outreach Program. Wright will attend Tuskegee University to study early childhood education. Her long-term goal is to become an elementary school teacher.
“We are proud to be able to support our young people with preparing for their future,” said the Rev. Campbell on behalf of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Greater Pasadena.
“We are also grateful to the Pasadena Police Foundation for providing new laptops to the scholarship recipients. Our future leaders, doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs, and skilled workers are members of the high school class of 2022,” he added.
“The future success of our communities is directly tied to their success. If they can successfully obtain their goals and make a positive contribution to society, not only will our communities grow stronger, but the graduating high school class of 2022 will also be able to help the generations that follow them.”
The Pasadena Police Foundation held a fundraiser at the Rose Bowl last year in October known as the annual “Chief’s Breakfast” and raised approximately $40,000 to support PUSD graduating seniors and police youth programs.
This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Pasadena Civic Center Ballroom D&E, at 7:30 a.m.
“This is the first of several donations to be made to Pasadena youth groups and local community youth programs” said Robert Monzon, the organization’s president. They will be presented to an additional 15 graduating seniors headed for higher education, each will be selected by one of six community organizations, he said.
More information about the Pasadena Police Foundation is available on the organization’s website at pasadenapolicefoundation.org.