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The Crowd: Brightest of the future honored

June 13, 2013|By Bruce Cook
  • 1221 Scholarship Awards recipients. Back row: Maria Diaz, Dan Stevens, Kelsey Christensen and Quan Nguyen. Seated: Ryon Sabouni and Shannon Griffin.
1221 Scholarship Awards recipients. Back row: Maria… (Handout, Daily…)

The residents of Newport-Mesa take great pride in many aspects of life in their community. Perhaps most important of all are the strong family values reflected in the vitality of the public school system and the close relationship between parents, teachers, administrators and the students.

June is a very special month as children who have come up the ranks from preschool to middle school to high school graduation share in important life-altering moments that to some degree will determine their destiny and future path.

Last week in Newport Beach in a bay front dining room on the top floor of the Balboa Bay Resort, students, teachers and their families attended a reception honoring the scholastic, athletic and personal achievements of some of the region's best and brightest young people.

It was the annual presentation of the "1221 College Scholarship Awards" granted to outstanding young men and women who have demonstrated a consistent and exemplary personal record as they transition from local high schools and follow their college goals. It is important to note that the awards granted are among the most substantial and generous given to students in this community.

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More than $100,000 in grants were presented, bringing the sum of the 1221 scholarships over the past 15 years to more than $1.5 million.

The scholarship awards were created by a ladies auxiliary associated with the Balboa Bay Club as a avenue to give back to the community. The women's social network took its name from the street address of the iconic facility on the Coast Highway. They were joined by the Balboa Bay Club's men's network and together significant funds are raised on an annual basis from a variety of events that provide the money for the scholarship awards.

In the past year, the ownership of the Balboa Bay Club has transitioned into the hands of the Richard Pickup family of Newport Beach. Family members, led by Carole Pickup, who serves as president of the 1221 Club, along with daughter Devon Martin and daughter-in-law Natalie Pickup, are pushing the envelope forward with support from a significant contingent of community donors and sponsors in an effort to create an endowment fund that will sustain the 1221 Scholarship Awards for years to come.

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