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 More Than $300,000 Goes to AVID Students

More than $300,000 went to 85 high school seniors from throughout San Diego Counties Tuesday as part of an awards ceremony for students enrolled in AVID.

Big winners included Fausto Bay from Sweetwater High School, who got a $35,000 scholarship from AVID Center, and Israel Barbosa, s Crawford High School student who received $10,000 as a University Club “Lamp of Learning” Scholar.

The 18th Annual Region 9 AVID Senior Recognition Ceremony happened at the Atlas Ballroom at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego.

AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination – is an international college readiness system that prepares students for college and improves their study habits though elective classes that focus on writing, reading, inquiry, collaboration and organization. The three main components of the program are academic instruction, tutorial support and motivational activities. The goal is to increase enrollment in four-year colleges and universities for all students, especially those in the academic middle.

Locally, the San Diego County Office of Education provides support for the AVID program at the district and site levels.

AVID Senior Standouts and other scholarship recipients were recognized from the following school districts:
• Carlsbad Unified
• Escondido Union High
• Fallbrook Union High
• Grossmont Union High
• Lakeside Union
• Oceanside Unified
• Poway Unified
• San Diego Unified
• San Marcos Unified
• Sweetwater Union High
• Vista Unified

Photo Caption: Fausto Bay poses with AVID founder Mary Catherine Swanson Tuesday night at the regional AVID Senior Recognition Ceremony. Bay was presented with a $35,000 scholarship at the event.