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Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach Scholarships Announced


The Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach announced seven winners of the 2018 Robert E. Leslie Memorial Scholarship on Tuesday. Checks for each unrestricted $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to the students at a reception on Mon., April 2 at 5:30 p.m. at King’s Fish House.

Briana Contreras Tejado – Jordan

Cameron Johnson – Wilson

Drew Jones – Lakewood

Juliana Lee – Poly

Joy Rowden – Poly

Luke Sams – Millikan

Erin Williams – Lakewood

Robert E. Leslie was a former Long Beach Fire Chief and board member of the Grand Prix Foundation.  Seniors attending all Long Beach Unified School District high schools are asked to submit applications.

“The competition this year was the toughest yet, as all the applicants were well qualified and pretty evenly matched,” said scholarship committee member Dave Leslie.

The scholarship program has been in place since 1997. Money for the scholarships was raised as part of the Grand Prix Foundation’s Charity Days held during the week preceding the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. This year, the nonprofit foundation is hosting the inaugural Grand Prix 5K Walk/Run on the race circuit on April 8 and Monte Carlo Night on April 13.

In the past 27 years, the Grand Prix Foundation has raised and donated more than $4 million to Long Beach area charities, including Long Beach Area Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, Shortstop, Interval House, and Women’s Shelter, as well as the Robert E. Leslie Scholarship Program.

The all-volunteer organization donates more than 95% of the money it raises to local area charities.

For more information about the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach, go to

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.