Tommy Thomason Civic Leadership Scholarship
Orville Glen "Tommy" Thomason was Loara's first principal, and his educational legacy and influence stretches over his 97-year life span. Tommy was born on December 5, 1907 in Adrian, Missouri, then moved to LaVerne, California in 1918, where he starred in football, basketball, track and baseball at Bonita High School and La Verne College. Tommy began his career as teacher and coach in Baldwin Park, Claremont and at his alma mater, Bonita High School. Tommy's Christian principles called him into work with the YMCA, first in Hollywood and then Anaheim, where he served as General Director for six years. In 1953, Tommy returned to education as an Administrator at Anaheim High School, Fremont and Crescent Junior High Schools. His final position was at Loara High School, where he served as the first Principal from 1962 to 1973
The LSAA Tommy Thomason Civic Leadership Scholarship (TTCL) was created to honor his dedication to Loara and its students, and to offer financial support to 12th grade students continuing their education after graduation.
LSAA is offering, for the 2019-2020 school year, two (2) Loara High School graduating seniors the opportunity to apply for a scholarship worth $1,000 each. This scholarship acknowledges the achievements of Seniors from Loara High School who exemplify well-rounded qualities and civic responsibility.
This scholarship recognizes the well-rounded student and does not have a grade point average restriction nor requirement. The applicant must 1) be a California resident; 2) graduate from Loara High School; 3) have participated in community volunteer/service activities; and 4) must be accepted as a full-time student at an accredited university, college, or technical/trade school prior to the scholarship award. *Awards are not transferable to a third party and are one-time only.
The final recommendation packet must include:
1) A completed Information Form, one staff/faculty recommendation form, and one non-profit representative/advisor recommendation form (links provided here).
2) A copy of the applicant's college acceptance letter.
3) A copy of proof of CA residency (i.e. Driver's License, CA ID card, school ID)
The applicant's Information Form and both Reference Forms must be received in the LSAA's school mailbox by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2020. See the Scholarship Requirement form link for more information.
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All completed forms are due to the LSAA via their Loara HS office mailbox by 11:59 p.m. on or before Thursday,
April 9, 2020
Recipients of the scholarships will be notified of the decision by Friday,
May 1, 2020