Archive for May, 2011

MMAP Alum: Harvard- and Santa Clara-bound!

Thursday, May 5th, 2011
May 5, 2011

Happy Cinco de Mayo! We have fantastic news to give you today regarding two MMAP alumni: Justin Reed, former GAP instructor, was accepted into Harvard Divinity School, and Leslie Gray, Teen Mural Project alum, received a hefty financial scholarship at Santa Clara University.

The Harvard Divinity School, for those of you who don’t know, offers four graduate degrees in theology, including a Doctor of Theology (ThD) and a Master of Divinity (MDiv).  Justin is a talented artist, so we’re sad to see him go, but we know he will bring great insight to his new school.

Leslie will attend Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, which US News & World Report ranked 2nd in the West.  The School of Business has six undergraduate departments, provides an MBA, and provides an MSIS.  MMAP Deputy Director Olatunde Sobomehin coached Leslie for four years at Eastside Prep’s basketball team, and Leslie participated in both TMP and HHH; we are proud to have seen him grow from a young teen into a strong leader.

Congrats, again, to Justin and Leslie for their hard work and accomplishments!  We know that they will continue to educate, empower, and inspire others in their lifetime.

Congrats to our Ruppert Grant Winners!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
May 3, 2011

Leslie Gray, TMP 2010

Congratulations to MMAP Teen Mural Assistants Christian Salinas and Leslie Gray for winning the Ruppert Educational Grant scholarships!  The Rupert Education Grant program was established by Ralph and Lenore Ruppert, in memory of their mothers, and the program provides scholarships for up to 30 students who show academic promise and improvement in their high school years.

“It lifts a burden off my shoulders,” responded Les, senior at Eastside Prep. “It’s good to know that there are kind and generous people who want me to succeed.”

Christian, senior at EPAA High, noted that “the scholarship really helps me out financially and means so much to me. It gives me one less thing to worry about, lets me focus on other aspects of college, and it gives me the inspiration to apply for more scholarships.”

We know Christian and Leslie have bright futures ahead of them, and this scholarship will help them on their journey to become successful, young men.

Christian Salinas, TMP 2010