Honoring the academic achievements of foster youth.
Since 1990, this annual event has recognized foster youth who graduate from high school with a 2.8 grade point average or higher and plan to attend a college, university, trade or vocational school. All of the foster youth participating in Celebration receive college sponsorships in varying amounts.
UFC awards 30-40 college sponsorships with a combined value of over $450,000 per year for up to five years, to help offset the financial burden of college.
UFC celebrates graduating L.A. foster youth
Congratulations to the over 135 Los Angeles foster youth graduating from high school and headed to college. These students were honored at Walt Disney Concert Hall in recognition of their academic achievements and enjoyed a special graduation ceremony hosted by Extra's Maria Menounos. The program also included a performance by musicians Jason Torres and Konstantin Grigoriou, keynote speakers Dee Hankins and Reverend Darryl Armstrong and was followed by a catered reception by Patina. UFC presented over 35 students with College Sponsorships to attend four-year universities across the country. A truly special night!!!
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