The city of Santa Ana has awarded a Newport Coast resident with a key to the city for developing a tutoring and mentoring program for underserved students.
Broadcom co-founder Henry T. Nicholas III, 53, received the honor July 2, along with retired Orange County Superior Court Judge Jack K. Mandel, for creating the Nicholas Academic Centers, which serves Santa Ana and Valley high schools.
"I was honored to get this award, but it really should be going to the students, in my view," Nicholas said Thursday. "I may have created an opportunity for them and eliminated some of the barriers they have to deal with to succeed, but they have done all the hard work. I'm extremely proud of them."
Given at the mayor's discretion, a key to the city is considered the highest civic honor.
Renée Segerstrom, the late wife of South Coast Plaza's Henry Segerstrom, received the last one more than 10 years ago.