For more than 35 years, our scholarship program funded students of Long Beach, CA (USA) and Qingdao, Shangdong (China) to participate in cultural exchanges and international youth leadership programs.
2020 brought us our share of challenges when our Summer Youth Leadership Summit plans were put on hold as the world went into lock down due to Covid-19. Our dedicated members got together and inaugurated our Digital Pen Pal Program over the Summer, facilitating 22 American and Chinese college students through our Long Beach Sister Cities organization, and awarded $3,000 in scholarship to nine (9) students who best represented their Pen Pal experience through the program.
This year we are looking to open this invaluable program to include 40+ students from around the world! We seek to achieve the goal of $5,000 in scholarship to more students. Scholarships will be used to further the students’ work in International Studies including travel to each other’s cities when it is safe to do so.
As of April of 2021, we have raised a total of $2,400! We need to reach $5,000 by August. Won’t you join us in this effort?