Tonya James-Gordon Educational Scholarship – California

In recognition of her services of helping others, the Tonya James-Gordon Scholarship has been established.

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Ms. James-Gordon was a Contributor to the foundation up until the time of her death. The Foundation decided to honor her by establishing a scholarship in her honor, for students in the Compton, California School District. Each year one boy and girl will be awarded the scholarship.

The $250.00 award will be given this year to one high school senior from the Compton area. The Senior must meet the following criteria:

  •  A cumulative 2.5 or above grade point average.
  • Have been accepted by a junior college or four-year university.
  • An active member of their community, volunteer, involved in church
  • Must attend one of the high schools in the Compton School District.
  • Single Parent Family

In addition to the above criteria, the applicant must submit the following forms:

  • Application Form
  • An attached letter of recommendation from a teacher.
  • A letter of recommendation from a church leader.
  • A letter of recommendation from a community/volunteer organization leader.
  • A copy of his/her transcript.
  • Proof of college enrollment.
  • A 500-800 word essay not to exceed two pages doubled space typed on one of the following topics:
    1. Write about one of your passions and how you believe pursuing this passion will make you a better person.
    2. How can pursuing a specific area of study in college help you make positive contributions to your community and/or the world?
    3. Write about an experience that changed your life for the better.
    4. Write about an experience in which you changed another person’s life for the better.


Scholarship Application          PDF Format
Teacher Recommendation           PDF Format
Information Sheet           PDF Format
Flyer           PDF Format

Entry Deadline: Friday, June 8, 2018.

Mail Completed Entries To:
Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation
c/o Elisia Harkins
10924 Maza Street
Norwalk, CA 90650

All entries must be received by the deadline date at the address noted above (not a postmark date). Entries must be complete or they will not be eligible for consideration.

For questions, please call (305) 203 – 4554 or e-mail