The Dreamers, Visionaries & Leaders Legacy Scholarships Project, an affiliate fund of the High Desert Community Foundation, recently announced its third successful year of awarding $500 scholarships to outstanding high school and college students from the High Desert.

The DVL Project, which awards scholarships in honor and in memory of past honorees of the Dreamers, Visionaries and Leaders Project, this year added the Weatherspoon Family Encouragement Award to honor the memories of the family of founder Regina Weatherspoon Bell and her father, Frank Weatherspoon.

This new award joins those memorializing Dr. Gerard Brown, Ms. Leona Griner, Bishop Nathaniel Ruffin, Ms. Anna Sugi and the DVL Honorees.

The scholarships and winners are:

— Dr. Brown: Tolulope Ogunrinde, University Preparatory High School;

— Bishop Ruffin: Alexandra Gessesse, Granite Hills High School;

— Ms. Leona Griner: Khalil Hoskins, Hesperia High School;

— Ms. Anna Sugi: Megan Ehlers, Oak Hills High School;

— DVL Honorees: Ciara Wheeler, Apple Valley High School, and Caylin Yorba-Ruiz, UC Riverside;

— Weatherspoon Family Encouragement Award: Adam Stevenson, Granite Hills High School.

The DVL Selection Committees, comprising prominent community members in the High Desert and the Inland Empire, meet to select students for each award. The Weatherspoon family selected the recipient for its award.

In addition to certificates presented at the senior awards assemblies or ceremonies for each school, this year's recipients and their parents attended a special reception where the scholarships were presented to each student by a family member of the namesake scholarships.

“In September, we will enter our fourth year of the Legacy scholarships,” said Executive Director and Founder, Regina Weatherspoon-Bell. "Now at the end of this third year, we continue to be impressed with another year of outstanding students and their very supportive families."

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